By LL Editorial StaffWhen in Rome, do like the Romans. And when in Paris behave like the Parisians at the legendary Les Folies Bergere, one of the city’s most revered cabarets. Located in Paris’s 9th Arrondissement, this risqué, and at times bawdy, revue is reminiscent of vintage Paris taking you back to the Paris of yesteryear with elaborate and revealing costumes plus plenty of entertainment. Les Folies Bergere has hosted performances by Charlie Chaplin and American dancer Josephine Baker. For some added joie de vivre, hunker down in one of the city’s luxury hotels, such as Mon Hotel, Hotel Raphael or Hotel Regina.
Las Vegas may be Sin City, but producers have taken a gamble on bringing first-rate productions to The Strip and it has paid off. No longer are lounge shows the only acts in town. One of the city’s most popular performances is “O” Cirque du Soleil, performed Wednesday through Sunday at Bellagio. From the simplest street performance to the most magnificent operas, “O” salutes the magic of the theater with the drama unfolding before your eyes. The cast of acrobats, synchronized swimmers, divers and characters make this tapestry of aquatic performances one to remember. Hedge your bets by staying behind the gilded gates of one of The Strip’s most exclusive hotels, The Signature at MGM Grand by Jet Luxury Resorts. This trio of non-gaming towers houses some of the city’s most luxurious suites.
The hills are alive. Or at least they are at Toronto’s 2,000-seat Princess of Wales Theater where The Sound of Music is enjoying a long engagement. The musical made its stage debut in 1959 with Mary Martin breaking ticket sales records from the start. Later an award-winning movie with Julie Andrews was released and is still shown annually on network television. A new production of this classic tale chronicles the lives of the Von Trapp family and is once again playing to rave reviews. It seems as if the Sound of Music has truly endured the test of time, and may it bloom and grow forever. Something that might have you belting out a song is the exquisite accommodations at the Fairmont Royal York, located in the heart of the city with full-service amenities and just a cab ride from the city’s theater district.
Nothing makes a getaway more memorable than a night at the theater. From New York to Toronto, Las Vegas to London, there is a drama, comedy or musical deserving of a standing ovation. Why not applaud your decision and be part of the audience? After all, life is a continuous performance leaving no room for rehearsals.