Paris By Night

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Paris By Night
FormatMusical Variety Show
Created byMarie Tô
Paul Huỳnh
Tô Văn Lai
StarringMasters of Ceremony:
Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn
Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên
Country of originFrance
Language(s)Vietnamese
English (occasionally)
French (occasionally)
No. of episodes105 (as of 2012)
Production
Producer(s)Marie Tô
Paul Huỳnh
Location(s)Terrace Theater - Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, U.S.
Studio 40 - Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Canada
Charles M. Schulz Theater - Knott's Berry Farm, U.S.
Olympic Fencing Gymnasium - Olympic Park, Seoul, South Korea
Theatre for the Performing Arts U.S.
Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, U.S.
Atlanta Civic Center U.S.
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts U.S.
The MGM Grand Theater - Foxwoods Resort Casino U.S.
The Pechanga Showroom Theater - Pechanga Resort and Casino U.S.
Circus Maximus Showroom - Caesars Palace U.S.
France
Running timeApprox. 4-5 Hours
Production company(s)Thuy Nga
DistributorThuy Nga
Broadcast
Original run1983 Paris, France – present United States & other various venues
 
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Paris By Night
FormatMusical Variety Show
Created byMarie Tô
Paul Huỳnh
Tô Văn Lai
StarringMasters of Ceremony:
Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn
Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên
Country of originFrance
Language(s)Vietnamese
English (occasionally)
French (occasionally)
No. of episodes105 (as of 2012)
Production
Producer(s)Marie Tô
Paul Huỳnh
Location(s)Terrace Theater - Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, U.S.
Studio 40 - Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Canada
Charles M. Schulz Theater - Knott's Berry Farm, U.S.
Olympic Fencing Gymnasium - Olympic Park, Seoul, South Korea
Theatre for the Performing Arts U.S.
Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, U.S.
Atlanta Civic Center U.S.
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts U.S.
The MGM Grand Theater - Foxwoods Resort Casino U.S.
The Pechanga Showroom Theater - Pechanga Resort and Casino U.S.
Circus Maximus Showroom - Caesars Palace U.S.
France
Running timeApprox. 4-5 Hours
Production company(s)Thuy Nga
DistributorThuy Nga
Broadcast
Original run1983 Paris, France – present United States & other various venues

Paris By Night is a popular Vietnamese language musical variety show, produced by Thúy Nga and hosted by Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn and Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên, featuring musical performances by modern pop stars, traditional folk songs, one-act plays, and sketch comedy.[1]

Contents

Production

Produced by Thúy Nga, the series normally consists of mostly the same staff and crew. However, there are different directors for each region of where the show is filmed: currently there is Richard Valverde in Paris, and Michael Watt in North America.

Notable former directors include Alan Carter, who directed Paris By Night 90, and Kent Weed, of Paris By Nights 63, 64, 67, 68, and 71.

Starting with Paris By Night 34: Made In Paris, Shanda Sawyer has been working as the production's main choreographer for over ten years.

Controversies

As an overseas Vietnamese production and classified as a "reactionary cultural product" by the Vietnamese government, Paris By Night cannot be legally purchased in Vietnam, although pirated copies can be easily obtained in the black market.[2] It sometimes features performances that are related to historical events, critical of the ruling Vietnamese Communist Party. In 2004, in Paris By Night 74, Hoang Oanh sang a song about Operation Passage to Freedom and a video montage was shown depicting beleaguered-looking northern Vietnamese fleeing to the anti-communist south during the partition of Vietnam, where they were met by Ngo Dinh Diem and his government's officials. This performance coincided with the 50th anniversary of the migration. In 2005, Paris By Night 77 was devoted to the 30-year anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, and included songs explicitly critical of communist rule, lack of human rights, accompanied by montages of the closing stages of the Ho Chi Minh Campaign, the flight of distressed anti-communist refugees, and interpretative dancing critical of VCP ruls, such as throat-slitting gestures. It also included documentary segments on the progress of Vietnamese immigrant communities since 1975, including one segment praising American support for South Vietnam and Operation Babylift—the communist government views the babylift of orphans as "abduction"—and gave awards to Vietnamese humanitarians and American political officials who helped Vietnamese refugees, as well as the Vietnam Air Force fighter pilot Nguyen Quy An.

In Paris By Night 91, for the 40th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, one medley involved Quang Le singing about the beauty of the former Huế, backed by female dancers, before an explosion knocks them and the bridge over the Perfume River to the ground, something perpetrated by the communists during the Battle of Huế during the Tet Offensive. Khanh Ly then proceeded to sing Trinh Cong Son's "Song for dead bodies" about the communist massacre at Huế, which killed thousands. A video montage of the massacre, inconsolable relatives and the subsequent exhumation and religious reburial was shown in the background during Khanh Ly's performance.

It is also the subject of some controversies among the overseas Vietnamese population due to what some perceive as its support of the current government of Việt Nam. Paris By Night 40, with the topic of motherhood, featured a song by the composer Trịnh Công Sơn entitled "Ca Dao Me", which was performed by Don Hồ. The song included a reenactment of a bombing during the Vietnam War and showed a mother grieving over the death of her child and her husband. Some were offended by the song's antiwar message while others see this as an indictment against American and South Vietnamese troops even though the scene did not make it clear which side was doing the bombing. After a boycott, Thúy Nga reissued Paris By Night 40 with the bombing scenes removed. Ironically, Paris By Night 40 is the most commercially successful production. The director of the segment, Lưu Huỳnh, later went on to direct The White Silk Dress in Việt Nam, a film with similar themes. It proves that controversies sell.

In a recent episode, Thuy Nga Productions's Nguyen Ngoc Ngan, wrote a skit about a Vietnamese American gay, starring Bang Kieu. This sparked conversations among Vietnamese Americans parents's and their gay children. It helped built more tolerance for Vietnamese American Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender community oversea. This proves the company's cultural influence over the Vietnamese American culture, experience and audience.

The cover of the first Paris by Night video, one of the rarest videos in the world.

List of Paris By Night episodes

#List of EpisodesYear of Release
109Paris By Night 109: 30th Anniversary2013
108Paris By Night 108: Thời Gian - Time
107Paris By Night 107: Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn - 20 Năm Sân Khấu
106Paris By Night 106: Lụa - Silk2012
105Paris By Night 105: Người Tình - The Lovers
104Paris By Night 104: Beginnings2011
103Paris By Night 103: Tình Sử Trong Âm Nhạc Việt Nam
102Paris By Night 102: Nhạc Yêu Cầu - Tình Ca Lam Phương
101Paris By Night 101: Hạnh Phúc Đầu Năm
100Paris By Night 100: Ghi Nhớ Một Chặng Đường2010
99Paris By Night 99: Tôi Là Người Việt Nam
98Paris By Night 98: Fly With Us To Las Vegas2009
97Paris By Night 97: Celebrity Dancing 2 (Khiêu Vũ Của Các Ngôi Sao 2)
96Paris By Night 96: Nhạc Yêu Cầu 2
95Paris By Night 95: Paris by Night 25th Anniversary (Part II): Cám Ơn Cuộc Ðời
94Paris By Night 94: Paris by Night 25th Anniversary (Part I)2008
93Paris By Night 93: Celebrity Dancing (Khiêu Vũ Của Các Ngôi Sao)
92Paris By Night 92: Nhạc Yêu Cầu
91Paris By Night 91: Huế, Sài Gòn, Hà Nội
90Paris By Night 90: Chân Dung Người Phụ Nữ Việt Nam2007
89Paris By Night 89: In Korea
88Paris By Night 88: Lam Phương - Đường Về Quê Hương
87Paris By Night 87: PBN Talent Show - Finals
86Paris By Night 86: PBN Talent Show - Semi-Finals
85Paris By Night 85: Xuân Trong Kỷ Niệm
84Paris By Night 84: In Atlanta - Passport to Music & Fashion2006
83Paris By Night 83: Những Khúc Hát Ân Tình
82Paris By Night 82: Tiếu Vương Hội
81Paris By Night 81: Âm Nhạc Không Biên Giới 2
80Paris By Night 80: Tết Khắp Mọi Nhà
79Paris By Night 79: Dreams2005
78Paris By Night 78: Ðường Xưa
77Paris By Night 77: 30 Năm Viễn Xứ
76Paris By Night 76: Xuân Tha Hương
75Paris By Night 75: Về Miền Viễn Đông - Journey to the Far East2004
74Paris By Night 74: Hoa Bướm Ngày Xưa
73Paris By Night 73: Song Ca Đặc Biệt - The Best of Duets
72Paris By Night 72: Tiếng Hát Từ Nhịp Tim
71Paris By Night 71: 20th Anniversary2003
70Paris By Night 70: Thu Ca
69Paris By Night 69: Nợ Tình
68Paris By Night 68: Nửa Vầng Trăng
67Paris By Night 67: In San Jose2002
66Paris By Night 66: Nguời Tình và Quê Huong
65Paris By Night 65: Yêu
64Paris By Night 64: Đêm Văn Nghệ Thính Phòng
63Paris By Night 63: Dòng Thời Gian
62Paris By Night 62: Âm Nhạc Không Biên Giới2001
61Paris By Night 61: Sân Khấu Cuộc Đời
60Paris By Night 60: Thất Tình
59Paris By Night 59: Cây Đa Bến Cũ
58Paris By Night 58: Những Sắc Màu Trong Kỷ Niệm
57Paris By Night 57: Thời Trang và Âm Nhạc2000
56Paris By Night 56: Những Dòng Nhạc Hôm Nay
55Paris By Night 55: Duới Ánh Nắng Mặt Trời
54Paris By Night 54: In Concert
53Paris By Night 53: Thiên Đuờng Là Đây
52Paris By Night 52: Giã Từ Thế Kỷ1999
51Paris By Night 51: We Like To Party
50Paris By Night 50
49Paris By Night 49: Chúng Ta Ði Mang Theo Quê Hương
48Paris By Night 48: Hình Ảnh Cuộc Ðời
47Paris By Night 47: Hoàng Thi Thơ 2
46Paris By Night 46: 15th Anniversary Celebration1998
45Paris By Night 45: Vào Hạ
44Paris By Night 44: Tiền
43Paris By Night 43: Ðàn Bà
42Paris By Night 42: Giòng Nhạc Kỷ Niệm1997
41Paris By Night 41: Hoàng Thi Thơ - Một Ðời Cho Âm Nhạc
40Paris By Night 40: Mẹ
39Paris By Night 39: Ánh Ðèn Màu
38Paris By Night 38: In Toronto1996
37Paris By Night 37: In Las Vegas 2
36Paris By Night 36: In Houston
35Paris By Night 35
34Paris By Night 34: Made in Paris1995
33Paris By Night 33: Nhạc Tình Ðức Huy
32Paris By Night 32: 20 Năm Nhìn Lại
31Paris By Night 31
30Paris By Night 30: Phạm Duy 2 - Người Tình
29Paris By Night 29: In Las Vegas1994
28Paris By Night 28: Lam Phương 2 - Dòng Nhạc Tiếp Nối - Sacrée Soirée 3
27Paris By Night 27: Tiếng Hát Với Cung Ðàn Văn Phụng - Sacrée Soirée 2
26Paris By Night 26: Ðêm Hoa Ðăng - Sacrée Soirée 1
25Paris By Night 25
24Paris By Night 24: 10th Anniversary1993
23Paris By Night 23: Thế Giới Muôn Màu
22Paris By Night 22: 40 Năm Âm Nhạc Lam Phương
21Paris By Night 21: Tình Ca Ngô Thụy Miên
20Paris By Night 20: Tuyệt Phẩm
19Paris By Night 19: Tình Ca Phạm Duy - Tác Phẩm và Con Người
18Paris By Night 181992
17Paris By Night 17
16Paris By Night 16
15Paris By Night 15
14Paris By Night 141991
13Paris By Night Đặc Biệt
12Paris By Night 12
11Paris By Night 111990
10Paris By Night 10
9Paris By Night 91989
8Paris By Night 8
7Paris By Night 7
6Paris By Night 61988
5Paris By Night 51987
4Paris By Night 4
3Paris By Night 31986
2Paris By Night 2
1Paris By Night1983

Paris By Night Artists

Female

Ái Thanh - Ái Vân - Amy Vũ - Angela Trâm Anh - Ánh Minh - Bạch Yến - Băng Châu - Bảo Hân - Bảo Ngọc - Bé Tí - Bích Chiêu - Cảm Ly - Carol Kim - Châu Ngọc - Dalena - Diễm Liên - Diễm Sương - Hà Phương - Hà Thanh - Hạ Vy - Hằng Nga - Hồ Lệ Thu - Họa Mi - Hoàng Bích - Hoàng Lan - Hoàng Oanh - Hollie Thanh Ngọc - Hồng Ðào - Hương Giang - Hương Lan - Hương Thơ - Hương Thủy - Khánh Hà - Khánh Ly - Kiều Oanh - Kim Anh - Kỳ Phương Uyên - La Sương Sương - Lam Anh - Lan Anh - Lệ Thu - Lê Uyên Phương - Lilian - Lynda Trang Đài - Loan Châu - Lưu Bích - Mai Thiên Vân - Minh Tuyết - Mỹ Huyền - Mỹ Lan - Mỹ Linh - Mỹ Trinh - Ngọc Ánh (PBN53) - Ngọc Anh (PBN 96) - Ngọc Bích - Ngọc Đan Thanh - Ngọc Hạ - Ngọc Huệ - Ngọc Hương - Ngọc Lan - Ngọc Liên - Ngọc Loan - Ngọc Minh - Ngọc Thuý - Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên - Nguyệt Anh - Như Loan - Như Quỳnh - Như Mai - Phạm Quỳnh Anh - Phi Khanh - Phi Nhung - Candice Phi Phi - Phương Diễm Hạnh - Phương Dung - Phương Hồng Quế - Phương Hồng Ngọc - Phương Khanh - Phương Loan - Phương Nguyên - Phuong Thuy - Phương Vy - Phương Liên - Quỳnh Vi - Rebecca Quỳnh Giao - Shayla Kim - Sơn Ca - Sơn Tuyền - Tâm Đoan - Thái Hiền - Thái Thanh - Thái Thảo - Thanh Hà - Thanh Lan - Thanh Mai - Thanh Quỳnh - Thanh Thúy - Thanh Trúc - Thanh Tuyền - Thảo Mi - Thiên Kim - Thu Phương - Thuỳ Dương - Thúy Anh - Thúy Nga - Thủy Tiên - Thùy Vân - Tóc Tiên - Trần Thu Hà - Trang Thanh Lan - Triệu Bảo Vi - Trizzie Phương Trinh - Trúc Lam - Trúc Linh - Trúc Mai - Trúc Quỳnh - Tú Quyên - Uyên Chi - Vân Quỳnh - Việt Hương - Ý Lan - Bé Xuân Mai - Ý Nhi - Yến Mai - Yến Phương

Male

Adam Hồ - Anh Khoa - Anh Tú - Andy Quach - Andy Vũ - Anh Dũng - Bằng Kiều - Bé Mập - Boney M - Calvin Hiệp - Chế Linh - Chí Tài - Chí Tâm - Christophe - Ðặng Trường Phát - Don Hồ - Ðức Huy - Ðức Thành - Dương Triệu Vũ - Duy Hạnh - Duy Quang - Duy Trác - Duy Trường - Elvis Phương - Henry Chúc - Hoài Linh - Hoài Nam - Hoài Phương - Hoài Tâm - Hoàng Thi Thao - Hữu Lộc - Huy Tâm - Huỳnh Gia Tuấn - Huỳnh Thi - Joseph Hiếu - Bé Kevin Phan - Khang Việt - Khánh Hoàng - Khánh Lâm - Kiều Hưng - Kiều Linh - La Thoại Tân - Lâm Nhật Tiến - Lây Minh - Lê Quang - Lê Tín - Lê Toàn - Lê Uyên Phương - Long Hồ - Lữ Liên - Lương Tùng Quang - Lưu Viêt Hùng - Lý Duy Vũ - Mai Quốc Huy - Mai Tiến Dũng - Mạnh Ðình - Mạnh Quỳnh - Maurice Ðạt - Ngô Quang Minh - Ngọc Trọng - Nguyễn Hải - Nguyễn Hoàng Nam - Nguyễn Hưng - Nguyễn Huy - Nguyên Lê - Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn - Nguyễn Thành - Nguyễn Thắng - Nguyên Thảo - Nguyễn Văn Thinh - Nguyễn Vương Ðịnh - Nhật Ngân - Nhật Trung - Nhât Trung - Phạm Khải Tuấn - Phạm Long - Philip Huy - Quang Bình - Quang Dũng - Quang Lê - Quang Minh - Quang Tuấn - Quốc Anh - Quốc Dũng - Quốc Hùng - Quốc Tuấn - Roni Tran Binh Trong - Sunny Lương - Tae Kyung Im - Taiphoon - Thái Châu - Thái Tài - Thanh Bùi - Thành An - Thành Ðườc - The Gin-Sen (Spencer & Evan Le) - The Kings - Thế Sơn - Tiến Dũng - Tommy Ngô - Tom Treuler - Trần Ðức - Trần Thái Hòa - Trần Thái Hòa (PBN 86) - Trịnh Lam - Trung Chỉnh - Trường Vũ - Từ Công Phụng - Tuấn Ngọc - Tuấn Vũ - Tùng Châu - Tường Nguyên - Văn Chung - Văn Phi Thông - Vân Sơn - Việt Thảo - Vũ Linh

Trivia Facts

2002

Paris By Night 63: Dòng Thời Gian (VHS in 2002)

Paris By Night 64: Ðêm Văn Nghệ Thính Phòng (VHS in 2002; DVD in 2006)

Paris By Night 65: Yêu (VHS in 2002; DVD version was released in 2004)

Paris By Night 66: Người Tình và Quê Hương (VHS in 2002; DVD in 2003)

Paris By Night 67: In San Jose (DVD and VHS)

2003

Paris By Night 68: Nửa Vầng Trăng (DVD and VHS)

Paris By Night 69: Nợ Tình (DVD and VHS)

Paris By Night 70: Thu Ca (DVD and VHS)

Paris By Night 71: 20th Anniversary (DVD only)

2004

(DVD only)

Paris By Night 72: Tiếng Hát Từ Nhịp Tim

Paris By Night 73: Song Ca Đặc Biệt - The Best of Duets

Paris By Night 74: Hoa Bướm Ngày Xưa

Paris By Night 75: Về Miền Viễn Đông - Journey to the Far East

2005

(DVD only)

Paris By Night 76: Xuân Tha Hương

Paris By Night 77: 30 Năm Viễn Xứ

Paris By Night 78: Ðường Xưa

Paris By Night 79: Dreams

2006

(DVD only)

Paris By Night 80: Tết Khắp Mọi Nhà

Paris By Night 81: Âm Nhạc Không Biên Giới 2

Paris By Night 82: Tiếu Vương Hội

Paris By Night 83: Những Khúc Hát Ân Tình

Paris By Night 84: In Atlanta - Passport to Music & Fashion

2007

(DVD only)

Paris By Night 85: Xuân Trong Kỷ Niệm

Paris By Night 86: Semi-Finals Talent Show 2007

Paris By Night 87: Finals Talent Show 2007

Paris By Night 88: Lam Phương - Đường Về Quê Hương

Paris By Night 89: In Korea

Paris by Night 90: Chân Dung Người Phụ Nữ Việt Nam

2008

(DVD only)

Paris By Night 91: Huế, Sài Gòn, Hà Nội

Paris By Night 92: Nhạc Yêu Cầu

Paris By Night 93: Celebrity Dancing - Khiêu Vũ Của Các Ngôi Sao

Paris By Night 94: 25th Anniversary

2009

(DVD only)

Paris By Night 95: Paris By Night 95: 25th Anniversary (Part II): Cám Ơn Cuộc Ðời

Paris By Night 96: Nhạc Yêu Cầu 2

Paris By Night 97: Celebrity Dancing 2009 - Khiêu Vũ Của Các Ngôi Sao 2

Paris By Night 98: Fly with us To Las Vegas *Was filmed in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino at Las Vegas, Nevada on September 26, 2009 and September 27, 2009.

2010

(DVD only)

Paris By Night 99: Tôi Là Người Việt Nam

Paris By Night Divas

Paris By Night 100: Ghi Nho Mot Chang Duong

Paris By Night 100 VIP Party

2011

(DVD & Blu-ray Disc)

Paris By Night 101: Hạnh Phúc Đầu Năm

Paris By Night 102: Nhạc Yêu Cầu Lam Phương

Paris By Night 103: Tình Sử Trong Âm Nhạc

Paris By Night 104: Beginnings

2012

(DVD & Blu-ray Disc)

Paris By Night 105: Người Tình (The Lovers)

Paris By Night 106: Lụa (Silk)

2013

(DVD & Blu-ray Disc)

Paris By Night 107: Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn 20 Năm Sân Khấu

References

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