The first cabaret was opened in 1881 in Montmartre, Paris. Renamed shortly after it was founded, Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat) became a locale in which up-and-coming cabaret artists could try their new acts in front of their peers before they were acted in front of an audience. The Moulin Rouge, built in 1889 in the red-light district of Pigalle near Montmartre, is famous for the large red imitation windmill on its roof.
The showgirls used to have a reputation for seducing aristocrats during the cabaret's post-war heyday, when regular guests included the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. These days, there is little chance these long-limbed beauties will be wooed by a millionaire after an evening parading topless in her giant feather headdress. French cabaret has come a long way since the 19th century, when the cancan dancers at the Moulin Rouge were immortalized by painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Cabaret of the past nowadays is known as a cabaret nightclub.
Don't Tell Mama is a cabaret nightclub in New York with two cabaret rooms highlighting the best and brightest singers, groups, one-acts, skits and more. Many are Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs award winners. Catch some of the regulars: Ron Poole's Poole Party or Seth Rudetsky's Broadway Chatterbox and you'll have a grand New York time.
Cutting Room, New York is actually both a cabaret and a great venue for live sounds. The variety of entertainment and acts include driving rock, R&B, a bit of pop and classic cabaret acts such as the Coney Island Freak Show and Le Scandal. Head to the lounge to relax in the very comfy men's club cum drawing room decor with a twist and enjoy a cocktail along with some great upscale bar food.
Shimmer Cabaret Nightclub in Las Vegas features David Brenner, a clean comedian in the 70's he stood out and still remains popular with the passage of time. His observational style has always been fresh and breezy. He has kept audiences laughing for more then thirty years. His most successful "Laughter to the People" which brought healing comedy relief to a nation suffering from the aftermath of 9/11 has taken him to nearly all 50 states. He brings political and current event issues into is top notch comedy performance.
Cabaret Theaters have also gained great popularity. The Oregon Cabaret Theatre, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, has earned a reputation for top-flight musicals, revues and comedies. The shows are presented in an elegant cabaret nightclub setting housed in a restored and renovated Baptist church building, complete with stained glass windows and a crystal chandelier from a vintage movie palace. You can come here for a gourmet dinner, Sunday brunch or just enjoy appetizers, desserts or beverages while being entertained with musicals, revues and comedies.
The American Cabaret Theatre is the Indianapolis's premiere musical theatre and most exciting choice for live, quality entertainment. This newly renovated theatre offers cabaret style seating, in an intimate setting, complete with a cash bar, concessions, and a gift store in the upper lobby.
If you have one night to splurge, a cabaret is the place for an experience that you'll never forget.