How the Moulin Rouge Became the Most Famous Cabaret in the World  

One hundred and thirty years ago on October 6, 1889, the Moulin Rouge opened, and Paris hasn’t been the same since.

It’s made dances and dancers famous, been extensively depicted in art — paintings, films, music — more than any other cabaret, and brought smiles to the faces of the tens of millions who have passed through its doors. The Moulin Rouge boasts an international reputation, a rich history, and top-notch performances; how did it become the most famous cabaret in the world?

The Moulin Rouge began with an audacious bet that it would become “the palace of dance and women” that was “more luxurious, bigger and more elegant” than any other location at the time. Success came fast thanks to a dance that debuted on opening night: the French cancan, previously known as the quadrille. Revolutionary movements, screams, boisterous rhythms decorated by frills and flowing skirts that were scandalously lifted to show the young dancers’ legs — and their underwear. Continue reading “How the Moulin Rouge Became the Most Famous Cabaret in the World  “

Chanson Du Jour (for Zsa Zsa): Moulin Rouge

Rest In Peace, Zsa Zsa Gabor, who passed away today at age 99. Here’s a song from a film you starred in – John Huston’s “Moulin Rouge.” The song is not quite as catchy as your sister’s themesong from Green Acres, but considerably more highbrow.

You had more marriages than sister Eva (nine to Eva’s five). If there is a Heaven, I hope They allow you eleven.

Chanson Du Jour: The Song from Moulin Rouge

Chanson Du Jour 11/28/2016 Toot Thielemans’ “Moulin Rouge”

“The Song from Moulin Rouge” (also known as “Where Is Your Heart”) is a popular song that first appeared in the 1952 film Moulin Rouge.
The most popular version of the song was made by Percy Faith’s Orchestra, with a vocal by Felicia Sanders in 1953.

This wonderful version is from the 1998 album “Chez Toots,” featuring the unmistakable harmonica brilliance of the late Toots Thielemans.

“I was born in Brussels in 1922. My parents had a sidewalk café where every Sunday an accordionist came to play. I played myself at age four mostly French popular songs until…much later when I bought a harmonica, then a guitar and heard my first jazz record.” ~ Toots Thielemans