Frans and Friends

Frans Bloem

By John White

New York award-winning cabaret performer and recording artist Frans Bloem from Holland is back in San Miguel with his new show, “Historias de la Vida.” He came to America in 1971 with only a backpack and dreams, ready to start on his journey. He has adventured in 52 countries and resides between New York and Amsterdam, but now feels very much at home right here in San Miguel.

Frans and Friends
With Frans Bloem
Sun, Mar 15, 5:30pm
Wed, Mar 18, 7pm
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
150 pesos

He has appeared in theaters and clubs from Paris to Shanghai, from Bangkok to Rio de Janeiro. His carefully selected songs range from the songs of Aznavour, Brel, and Piaff to Piazolla. Through the songs he communicates his experiences on the highways and the byways of his remarkable life. He sings in five languages, with passion and European charm. He has been called a “consummate entertainer.” Cabaret Scenes wrote, “Riveting show with a passion that binds the audience to him.” Backstage wrote, “Bloem comes across as part bohemian and part boulevardier, with the sparkle of a showman.” Cabaret style was developed in the twenties in the bohemian locales of Mont Martre in Paris and in Weimar in Berlin. Bloem has lived so long in New York that he has mastered the New York cabaret style, which emphasizes intelligent lyrics and a personal way to approach the audience. Recently in New York he performed the avant-garde “Kabaret Kollektiff.” His “Stories of Life” will open in New York in March and in Holland in April.

His last show in San Miguel was sold out and a big success, so the show is extending to March 15 at 5:30pm and March 18 at 7pm, at Shelter Theater, 150 pesos. This is a benefit for Collectivo 41, the organization of Casa in San Miguel that educates youth to prevent AIDS, bullying, and suicide.


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