7 Stories

In Paris, an Unexpected Sight at the Moulin Rouge

Blades of famous windmill collapse overnight

(Newser) - A bad omen ahead of the Paris Olympics? The blades on the windmill on top of the famed Moulin Rouge cabaret collapsed early Thursday morning, leaving debris in the street but not causing injuries, the BBC reports. The first three letters of the Moulin Rouge sign also fell off. "...

Protests Force Moulin Rouge to Drop Snake Act

Terrestrial snakes were dropped in water tank with cabaret dancer

(Newser) - The snake show is now history at Paris' historic Moulin Rouge cabaret. The club has dropped a long-running act in which a dancer swims around snakes in a water tank, the Guardian reports. Animal rights campaigners said the snakes involved, Southeast Asian reticulated and Indian pythons, were terrestrial species and...

Famed Cabaret Shows End at Paris Landmark

Josephine Baker and Elton John performed at club with waterfalls, ice rink, and pool

(Newser) - It's the end of an era in Paris. Facing financial troubles and changing times, the new corporate owner of the famed Lido cabaret is ditching most of its staff and its high-kicking, high-glamour dance shows—which date back decades and inspired copycats from Las Vegas to Beirut—in favor...

Broadway Star Barbara Cook Dies at 89
Broadway Star
Barbara Cook
Gone at Age 89

Broadway Star Barbara Cook Gone at Age 89

'I don't remember when I didn't sing. I just always sang': Barbara Cook

(Newser) - Barbara Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway's leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, has died, the AP reports. She was 89. Cook died early Tuesday of respiratory failure at her home in Manhattan, surrounded by family and friends,...

Stripper Strike Hits Famous Paris Cabaret

Crazy Horse dancers win 15% pay hike

(Newser) - The dancers are back and the tops are off again at Paris' famous Crazy Horse cabaret after a successful strike. The club—a favorite with generations of Parisians and tourists—was forced to cancel shows this week for the first time in its 61-year history after its 18 stripping performers...

Groundbreaking Lena Horne Dead at 92

 Lena Horne 
 Dead at 92 

Groundbreaking Lena Horne Dead at 92

'Stormy Weather' great broke ground for African Americans

(Newser) - Lena Horne, the legendary singer who broke new ground for African-Americans in Hollywood, has died at the age of 92. Best known for the song "Stormy Weather," the jazz vocalist won accolades as a cabaret and Broadway performer. Horne got her start in 1933 as a teenage chorus...

Jazz Great Dearie Dead at 82
 Jazz Great
 Dearie Dead at 82 

Jazz Great Dearie Dead at 82

Blossom Dearie dead at 82

(Newser) - Blossom Dearie, whose career as a jazz and cabaret singer spanned six decades, died peacefully in her sleep at her Greenwich village apartment over the weekend. She was 82. Dearie continued performing until 2006, and her last public appearance was at the now-defunct Danny's Skylight Room, reports the New York ...

7 Stories