URBAN CIRCUS Date:Thursday, 23rd - Saturday, 25th May 2013 Duration:3 days Timings:8:00 PM Audience:Family,… Read more
If you have ever been to Lebanon no introduction for Music hall is necessary. It is one of the hottest tickets in Lebanon and waiting lists for shows go for months. So what is the concept behind the Lebanese phenomena? More importantly, would this concept work in Dubai?
I showed up to Music Hall Dubai’s opening event not quite sure what to expect. The concept has been succinctly explained to me by some friends as a concert/nightclub. This turned out to be a huge understatement. The venue itself was a hybrid of restaurant and theatre. Everything seemed upscale in here. Even though dressed well I couldn't shake the feeling of being underdressed. I settled down by the bar waiting for the show to start.
The curtains were drawn and the show finally started. The first performer was a jazz singer with a deep soulful voice. I was a bit confused as my expectations were for more upbeat music. Perhaps they start off slow to give time for people to enjoy their meals. Food served was bite size and well portioned for the setting. This “dinner and dance” concept is what they are renowned for. As the night rolls on the music got successively more upbeat with each performer. There was something pretty amazing about the talent that was there. Each performer had a palpable charisma and a real stage presence. They were not just musicians but real artists. Every single performance from the Russian Folk Singers to the Italian Opera Singer was an engaging experience.
The two Lebanese women next to me couldn't stop talking about how the one in Lebanon is better. But in Music Hall Dubai defence they are Lebanese, the Lebanese think everything is better in Lebanon. Overall, I enjoyed it and will be going back. So if you are bored of clubbing and are looking for a different experience check it out.
I am one who is not easily impressed and this managed to leave an impression.