Michou himself pioneered the idea of the cabaret-restaurant-show, in which dinner runs smoothly into the performance. Under the bright stage lights, fabulously-dressed drag queens imitate the stars of showbusiness – many contemporary singers, but most often, classic artists such as Dalida, Sylvie Vartan, Chantal Goya and Edith Piaf.
The tale of the Michou cabaret began back in the sixties. The theatre was its known for its ambiance of Parisian glamour, but was also famed for its friendliness. The venue began to gain popularity during the seventies as its shows were televised, inspiring new fans of Michou and the Michettes all over France, and simultaneously giving credibility to the previously unpopular drag show as a genre.
Today, the drag artists of Chez Michou still take to the stage every evening at 80 rue des Martyrs, in the centre of Paris’s lively Montmartre district.