Calypso Cabaret - Bangkok's Best Ladyboy Show
by John Cooke
Calypso Cabaret at Bangkok's Asia Hotel has the largest performing Ladyboy troupe in Bangkok. The show is a mixture of Thai, Asian and Broadway theatre performances. It is mainly attended by tourist groups, including those from all over Asia. The theatre at the Asia Hotel provides a comfortable, atmospheric setting for the show. Calypso is internationally renowned, and is highly recommended by this writer.
Calypso's trademark is its creative choreography, which brings out the best in its 50 professional actors and "actresses." If you plan to see Calypso while in Bangkok, the show will provide a memorable experience to take home with you. It is undoubtedly one of Bangkok's must see shows for tourists. Full of life, professional, colourful, exotic, Calypso is a show with a real difference, and more.
From its extravagant opening, Calypso takes you on an energetic, entertaining, emotional journey through the land of song and dance, where the show's actors and "actresses" present a Chinese ballad; Carmen Miranda; Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Tina Turner; Josephine Baker, Calypso's newest production; a comical Geisha; Fantasy of Thailand, where classical Thai dance is given a special Calypso twist; my personal favourite, Arirang, where 9 lovely "girls" perform a Korean love song; All that Jazz, where 16 stunning guys and "gals" perform this hit musical; a Japanese love song with a touching melody; and, of course, the finale, where the Calypso performers go into overdrive, with the whole troupe on stage. After the show, the performers pose for photos, so you can take away a lasting memory of the evening and Bangkok's fabulous Calypso Cabaret.
The Calypso Cabaret was established in 1988, so will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2008. It is open every night at the Asia Hotel. 296 Phayathai Rd, Bangkok. The theatre's entrance is in the hotel's main lobby. There are two shows per night: 8:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. The show's seating capacity is 350 visitors per show. Tables can be reserved in advance. Booking is on a first come first served basis. There are special prices; 750 baht for adults and 500 baht for children, and normal prices, adults 1000 baht and children 500 baht. The hotel's car park is free of charge. There is a BTS/SkyTrain right next to the hotel. www.calypsocabaret.com