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West End/Broadway-style Musicals in Paris?

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West End friends, I need some advice, please:

I'm traveling from New York to Paris in April and would love to see some kind of musical theater there.

1) Does anyone have any specific recommendations of Parisian theatrical entertainment that is neither Vegas-y nor a tourist/themepark trap? Hoping there may be some kind of legitimate West End/Broadway style shows...does that even exist in Paris?
and/or
2) Since I realize that may not be possible in the land of the Can-Can and I may end up having to see one of the standby Crazy Horse, Le Moulin Rouge, or Lido-style revues, which if any of these cabaret/reviews are decently creative and well-worth seeing?

I appreciate any thoughts or advice you may have. Thanks!
Updated On: 3/3/11 at 12:24 AM
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You could watch "Mamma Mia" at the Mogador... *ducksandruns*

"Sweeney Todd" opens at the Theatre Chatelet on 22 April, not sure if that fits in your time frame. "Hairspray" wil be at the Casino de Paris from 26-29 April.

It's not a good season for musicals right now, the next big spectacle (Dracula) won't open till fall and the present big hits Cleopatre and Mozart aren't playing Paris atm. Mind you, most lovers of traditional musical theatre seem to loathe the French-style spectacles with a passion (so much bile was poured over Notre Dame de Paris when it played in Vegas for exmaple), but if you accept it as being a totally different style of musical, I think it's a worthwhile experience.

Places don't come more tourist-trap-like than the Moulin Rouge and all those dire titty shows. Avoid. For a somewhat truer Parisian cabaret experience visit the Lapin Agile in Montmartre (www.au-lapin-agile.com)

Theatre Antoine is doing the Offenbach operetta "La vie parisienne" which might be fun to watch IN Paris. Otherwise there's always the old opera (Palais Garnier) - it's worth visiting for the fabulous building itself, no matter what's on stage that evening.
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'The Lion King' was there last year but Im sure it has now closed.
If you plan on seeing any of the famous revues that Paris is renowned for you will need a hell of a lot of money. They are ridiculously expensive, spectacular or not!
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Thanks Zenobia and Mama! Good advice and, just as I've kind of been figuring out - as much as Paris has so many great things in other areas -- I guess there's really not the same abundance of theater options we're used to in London and New York...
So we'll be going to a concert at the Palais Garnier and maybe check out the Lapin Agile. Thanks, again!