The fabulous chanteuse Caroline Nin returns to Australia for the Adelaide French Festival in January, reprising her much-lauded show Songs and Stories of the Paris Lido. She poses as Lola Lola, a lead singer at the Paris Lido, performing works by Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Liza Minnelli and Noel Coward. She spoke to Limelightabout the show.
What was the inspiration behind Songs and Stories of the Paris Lido?
I had been performing at the Lido for five years. When I left, I wasn’t just leaving a job, I was leaving a way of life. Transitioning from the glamour of the world’s best known cabaret, the glitz, the glamour, six nights a week, backstage with the sequinned dancing girls, the drama and theatrics back to a normal life was not an easy thing. So I felt I needed to write about it, to understand it.
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How long did it take for you to develop the show? Was it a smooth or difficult process?
I wrote the show in a year. It was easy really, the only difficulty was to choose the songs...