The show and the venue itself met expectations. There were so many colorful costumes, singing and dancing numbers, surprise acts like juggling, rollerskating daredevils, and acrobats - and lots of opportunities to celebrate the female form! The Can Can was marvelous. The entertainment portion of the evening was everything we expected for such a famous nightclub. The champagne as part of the package was better than we anticipated and sharing 3 bottles among the 6 of us lasted throughout the performances.
Seating was challenging, with 6 jammed into a table meant to hold 4. Although there were menus on the table for additional drinks or appetizers we were never approached for an order in advance of the start of the show, and frankly it seemed impossible for wait staff to attempt to get in between tables to take one.
We understood that the Moulin Rouge does not reserve seating in advance. Upon receiving advice from them via email, we emailed in advance and provided our ticket numbers to request that we be seated together. However, it was obvious that the table assignment was made at the door. Disappointingly, we were seated at a table at the end of a row next to a wait staff staging area. When we asked to be reseated further into the row, just an even swap of tables, we were advised that all tables were preassigned, which is just not accurate.
The most disappointing part of the experience was that the Moulin Rouge allowed patrons to break its published dress code - "Elegant attire required: no shorts, no short-pants, no sport shoes, no sportswear." We saw jeans, tee shirts, sports shoes, more than just casual dress, including leggings in abundance. Such an insult to those of us in the audience who anticipated an opportunity to dress for a night on the town and a true nightclub experience.
We are still satisfied that we took the opportunity to go to a Paris original, but it could have been so much better.
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