While working and living in Paris the last five months, my daughter who lives in Australia came for a visit. Her greatest wish was to see the show at the Moulin Rouge, My husband and I together with my son and his girlfriend saw the show in 2007. At that time, we booked the ticket with dinner. Although the dinner was quite an experience, it was not worth the money we spent on it, so this time, I booked only tickets with the show and 1/2 bottle of champagne, Unfortunately, the 9PM show was sold out, so the only choice was to take the 11PM show, which gave me some worries as how we will be able to get home after 1 PM, when the metro has stopped running and taxis are hard to get by, what with the crowd wanting to get hold of one at the same time.
We devised a plan to make our way to the exit before all the other people start making their way to the exit.
The champagne was good and although I have seen the show before, I was not prepared to be surprised. Seeing the pleasure and the excitement in my 25 year old daughter´s eyes as the tableau of colourful costumes, beautiful dancers and exotic sceneries unfolded before her, I could not help but get carried away so I enjoyed the show as much as she did.
Just before the French cancan, we made our way to the exit and saw the rest of the show from there. Afterwards, we made our way to the taxi stand infront of the Moulin Rouge, and as we expected we were first in the queue - so, we got home alright to my apartment in the 15th arrondissement.
So, don´t be discouraged by some of the bad reviews - enjoy the show for what it is - a french musical and dance tradition,which has survived the test of time.