The historic Lido show in Paris collaborated with Franco Dragone, an Italian- Belgian theatre director and the founder of Dragone, a company that creates shows across the globe. Dragone gave a brand-new twist to the Parisian cabaret through the glamourous ‘Paris Merveilles’ to woo the audience.
What a Challenge! For three years I have travelled the world and have seen the most beautiful shows from America to Asia with only one goal in mind – to delight our spectators and make them dream. Each time I used the word “LIDO”, I could see the sparkles in people’s eyes. And if I am proud to be the president of this iconic place, famous and respected all around the world, I am also aware of the challenge that comes with it. It is not only about creating a new revue, but most importantly, it is about reinventing such a particular and unique show genre.
My encounter with Dragone was decisive. From major permanent shows in America and Asia and direction of prestigious operas and ballets in Europe, to the opening and closing ceremonies of major global sports events, its founder and artistic director Franco Dragone shares the same love for the LIDO as I do. He has studied its history, its 26 previous revues, and he invented this rare gem: “Paris Merveilles.”
With this new revue, I am sure the audience will experience a unique and moving experience deserving of the most beautiful avenue in the world. The Bluebells, the feathers, the music, a first class dinner and show – everything that makes the soul of the LIDO still remains but it has been infused with a daring boldness, extravagance, and a succession of surprises to reinvent the revue. In a renovated and beautified LIDO, I’m now looking forward to share this magical moment with you.
The revue is a one of a kind in the world of entertainment, an infinitely noble genre whose codes have always fascinated me. To create my first show in Paris is already a challenge, the fact that LIDO is such a legendary cabaret makes it even more demanding. This is the kind of challenge that will force you to push and surprise yourself in order to captivate others.
I put my dreams, heart and soul into this revue Paris Merveilles, so it will not only catch the eye, but also touch the soul of each spectator. Overly ambitious? To me, the stage is a sacred place, and at a time when the world is increasingly disenchanted, our mission is to bring joy and brightness in people’s lives.
Each time the company Dragone creates a new show, we open a treasure chest so each spectator can be part of a unique experience. We did it again with those who joined me in this new adventure of the LIDO (dancers, artists, technicians, creative designers of decoration, music, choreography, costumes, lights, videos projections). Our goal is to allow the spectators to relate to every single facet of Paris Merveilles – spectacular and intimate, nostalgic and ultra-modern, sensual and extravagant…
To create and direct this project was a moment of rare intensity for me. May the audience feel it today. Let the show begin! It’s Showtime.To View the article buy our magazine