A Fine Affair: The Black Cat Cabaret at Café de Paris

5 Mar , 2013  

The Black Cat Cabaret

While Boom Boom is on vacation, Café de Paris has been taken over by this new production featuring some BB members. Last Friday saw the final show for the Black Cat‘s opening cast, so I went along to see them off.
The Black Cat Cabaret

The fluted columns and velvet-lined interior of the Café de Paris evoke the days of Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong and Noel Coward, a sympathetic environment for the Black Cat Cabaret. Front man Dusty Limits, in Montmartre mode, does his irrepressible best as ‘Maître des Cérémonies’ for a slightly naughty but mainly nice lineup of London’s established cabaret acts.

Black Cat Cabaret poster

The Black Cat Cabaret

Highlights were Katherine Arnold‘s accomplished aerial gymnastics, and a popping reverse striptease by Laurie Hagen (photo at the top of this post) – I wish I had videoed their acts for you.

The Black Cat Cabaret

Laurie Hagen did another turn as agent provocateur, torturing a bloke from one of the front tables. I think he enjoyed it more than he let on.

The Black Cat Cabaret

The show itself won’t surprise any cabaret aficionados but the restaurant was full and everyone I spoke to was having a swell time. I’m not sure if any of the diners noted the reflected satire of Chrisalys, the Pig From Hell, as he totaled the contents of a wine bottle in one go and shoveled food into his face; this was a plush, boozy, West End supper cabaret and, on that score, it was a fine affair.

Written for This Is Cabaret and photographed during the first run of The Black Cat Cabaret at Café de Paris, Coventry Street, Picadilly, London W1D 6BL on 22 February 2013.

The acts were: Sammy Dinneen, Vicky Butterfly, Laurie Hagen, Chrisalys, David Armand as Johann Lipwittz, Katherine Arnold, Tom Baker, Cabaret Rouge, and Laura London.

The show was produced by Dusty Limits, Vicky Butterfly, and David Harris, musical director Michael Roulston.

The Black Cat Cabaret

Words and photos: © 2013 Ken Sparkes. All Rights Reserved.

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