The curtain is up on Faena’s ‘C’est Rouge’ cabaret, rounding out the all-encompassing world Alan Faena has created in his hotel on 32nd Street and Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Staged inside a custom built theater drenched in red with a ruched velvet main curtain, a show-stopping chandelier and cocktail tables that seat up to 150 patrons, the 3,000-square-foot venue hearkens back to the glittering Jazz Age. It’s hard to ignore the influence of Faeana’s collaborators filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and wife Catherine Martin in the space.
The production, choreographed by Blanca Li is a Crazy Horse meets the Moulin Rouge-style show with plenty of Miami flare told through dance, cabaret, burlesque, song and a live orchestra. The two act production opens with the curtain raised a few feet from the stage to reveal no more than a pair of silk stockinged legs in a seductive pose that then move into a tango. Acts range from full company numbers with dancers cavorting through the audience to a single acrobat balancing on a stand with nothing more than her teeth to support her.
There’s plenty of sex appeal and humor infused into the well-paced spectacle, from a tiger bondage duet to dancers costumed in black and yellow balloons popped one by one through the course of a playful burlesque. At other times, male and female soloists croon in Spanish while beyond-bendy dancers strut and stretch for the audience.
The production value is high with a well-implemented digital screen backdrop by set designer Rafael Olarra, costumes by Juan Gatti (also responsible for the jubilant murals inside the hotel’s gilded cathedral entrance) and ever-appropriate Christain Louboutin footwear, red-soled shoes for the hotelier infatuated with the color red.
The show is staged Friday and Saturday nights with doors opening at 9:30 p.m. and showtime at 10:30 p.m., making it the perfect post-dinner activity when paired with a meal at the hotel’s Pao or Los Fuegos. After the show, duck into the hidden speakeasy-style Saxony Bar just outside the theater’s entrance for a nightcap.
Tickets start at $45 and are available on Ticketmaster.
Shayne Benowitz is Miami.com’s Travel Editor. Sign up for her monthly newsletter at ShayneBenowitz.com.