Established on the symbolic Champs-Elysées in Paris more than 70 years ago, the Lido is one of the most reputed Parisian cabarets in the city today. Apart from its majestic interiors, attractive costumes and dancers, music too, plays an important role and everything revolves around it.
“It was our first time at Lido. Everything was so grand – from the chandeliers to the costumes of the dancers. Even the music was unique and foot-tapping. It was good to see a female singer taking the lead for all the songs during the show,” says Manju Sethi, an Indian living in Paris, who visited the Lido early this year.
Though the Lido is famous for its magnificent sets, flawless dancing routines and a Bollywood connection to the cabaret style, there is another element to the evening that makes the show what it is – unique music and songs.
For the Lido, in its true cabaret tradition, music plays an important role and everything revolves around it. The light and sound are coordinated in such a manner that when the sound stops, the light-play also ceases.
Amongst the many cabarets, the Lido is the only cabaret of this scale that presents an evening with live music, which is recorded by a symphony orchestra, with live backing from the Lido orchestra.
The sound at the show is now completely digital, thereby providing a particularly good quality and allowing for some totally new sound effects.
Though extensive automation is used, two light and sound technicians coordinate the music with light-play through out the show. The music at the Lido is unique and was composed especially for the new revue by the French composer Jean-Claude Petit, and recorded by the symphony orchestra.
Moreover, for the first time in Lido’s history, a singer is at the heart of its theatrical entertainment. French singer Manon, who sings with her vocal range lying between the soprano and the contralto voice types, was chosen by director Franco Dragone.
A unique soundtrack was composed that goes from swing to soul, and from jazz to romance. The classical composer Yvan Cassar, collaborated with artists like the Canadian-French singer Mylène Farmer, French singer Johnny Halliday, and the Belgian singer-songwriter Saule. Together, they created a rich score infused with many different musical styles. The poetic Belgian singer Saule also wrote the lyrics of the songs that are performed during the show.
Behind the perfect performances are hidden two years of preparation and four months of rehearsals before the curtain is finally raised before the audience.