Paris By Night
|Paris By Night|
|Format||Musical variety show|
|Created by||Marie Tô
Tô Văn Lai
|Starring||Masters of Ceremonies:
Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn
Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên
|Country of origin||France
United States (Reestablished)
|No. of episodes||111 (as of 2014[update])|
|Location(s)||Various venues in Paris, France
Charles M. Schulz Theater - Knott's Berry Farm, Orange County, California, U.S.
Terrace Theater, Long Beach, California, U.S.
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Canada
Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose, California, U.S.
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, U.S.
Olympic Fencing Gymnasium - Seoul, South Korea
Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, U.S.
Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta, U.S.
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, U.S.
Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
|Running time||Approx. 4-5 Hours|
|Production company(s)||Thúy Nga|
|Original run||1983 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.
Originally Paris By Night was filmed exclusively in Paris, with its intended target audience consisting of the Vietnamese population in France, which is the most established and successful Overseas Vietnamese community. However, by the late 1980s, demand from the more populous Vietnamese American community for the production to host shows in the United States and the fact that most Vietnamese language performers from the former South Vietnam lived in the country resulted in Paris By Night restructuring its operations to Orange County, California. The first Paris by Night productions in the United States were filmed beginning in the mid-1990s.
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 Canada and the US, Victor Fable in the US.
Starting with Paris By Night 34: Made In Paris, Shanda Sawyer has been working as the production's main choreographer for over ten years.
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. 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 Ngô Đình Diệm 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 rule, 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 Nguyễn Qúy An.
In Paris By Night 91, for the 40th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, one medley involved Quang Lê 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. Khánh Ly then proceeded to sing Trịnh Công Sơn'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.
In a recent episode, Thúy Nga Productions's Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn 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 overseas. This proves the company's cultural influence over the Vietnamese American culture, experience and audience.
There has also been increasing recent criticism of the production over-Americanizing its shows, with traditional Vietnamese culture and aspects no longer being emphasized as before, as well as the production largely losing its original French cabaret influence and roots. In fact, Paris by Night has not been filmed in its namesake city since 2003.
List of episodes
|#||List of episodes||Year of Release|
|111||Paris By Night 111: S||2014|
|110||Paris By Night 110: Phát Lộc Đầu Năm|
|109||Paris By Night 109: 30th Anniversary Celebration||2013|
|108||Paris By Night 108: Thời Gian - Time|
|107||Paris By Night 107: Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn - 20 Năm Sân Khấu|
|106||Paris By Night 106: Lụa - Silk||2012|
|105||Paris By Night 105: Người Tình - The Lovers|
|104||Paris By Night 104: Beginnings||2011|
|103||Paris By Night 103: Tình Sử Trong Âm Nhạc Việt Nam|
|102||Paris By Night 102: Nhạc Yêu Cầu - Tình Ca Lam Phương|
|101||Paris By Night 101: Hạnh Phúc Đầu Năm|
|100||Paris By Night 100: Ghi Nhớ Một Chặng Đường||2010|
|99||Paris By Night 99: Tôi Là Người Việt Nam|
|98||Paris By Night 98: Fly With Us To Las Vegas||2009|
|97||Paris By Night 97: Celebrity Dancing 2 (Khiêu Vũ Của Các Ngôi Sao 2)|
|96||Paris By Night 96: Nhạc Yêu Cầu 2|
|95||Paris By Night 95: Paris by Night 25th Anniversary (Part II): Cám Ơn Cuộc Đời|
|94||Paris By Night 94: Paris by Night 25th Anniversary (Part I)||2008|
|93||Paris By Night 93: Celebrity Dancing (Khiêu Vũ Của Các Ngôi Sao)|
|92||Paris By Night 92: Nhạc Yêu Cầu|
|91||Paris By Night 91: Huế, Sài Gòn, Hà Nội|
|90||Paris By Night 90: Chân Dung Người Phụ Nữ Việt Nam||2007|
|89||Paris By Night 89: In Korea|
|88||Paris By Night 88: Lam Phương - Đường Về Quê Hương|
|87||Paris By Night 87: PBN Talent Show - Finals|
|86||Paris By Night 86: PBN Talent Show - Semi-Finals|
|85||Paris By Night 85: Xuân Trong Kỷ Niệm|
|84||Paris By Night 84: In Atlanta - Passport to Music & Fashion||2006|
|83||Paris By Night 83: Những Khúc Hát Ân Tình|
|82||Paris By Night 82: Tiếu Vương Hội|
|81||Paris By Night 81: Âm Nhạc Không Biên Giới 2|
|80||Paris By Night 80: Tết Khắp Mọi Nhà|
|79||Paris By Night 79: Dreams||2005|
|78||Paris By Night 78: Đường Xưa|
|77||Paris By Night 77: 30 Năm Viễn Xứ|
|76||Paris By Night 76: Xuân Tha Hương|
|75||Paris By Night 75: Về Miền Viễn Đông - Journey to the Far East||2004|
|74||Paris By Night 74: Hoa Bướm Ngày Xưa|
|73||Paris By Night 73: Song Ca Đặc Biệt - The Best of Duets|
|72||Paris By Night 72: Tiếng Hát Từ Nhịp Tim|
|71||Paris By Night 71: Paris by night 20th Anniversary||2003|
|70||Paris By Night 70: Thu Ca|
|69||Paris By Night 69: Nợ Tình|
|68||Paris By Night 68: Nửa Vầng Trăng|
|67||Paris By Night 67: In San Jose||2002|
|66||Paris By Night 66: Nguời Tình và Quê Huong|
|65||Paris By Night 65: Yêu|
|64||Paris By Night 64: Đêm Văn Nghệ Thính Phòng|
|63||Paris By Night 63: Dòng Thời Gian|
|62||Paris By Night 62: Âm Nhạc Không Biên Giới||2001|
|61||Paris By Night 61: Sân Khấu Cuộc Đời|
|60||Paris By Night 60: Thất Tình|
|59||Paris By Night 59: Cây Đa Bến Cũ|
|58||Paris By Night 58: Những Sắc Màu Trong Kỷ Niệm|
|57||Paris By Night 57: Thời Trang và Âm Nhạc||2000|
|56||Paris By Night 56: Những Dòng Nhạc Hôm Nay|
|55||Paris By Night 55: Duới Ánh Nắng Mặt Trời|
|54||Paris By Night 54: In Concert|
|53||Paris By Night 53: Thiên Đuờng Là Đây|
|52||Paris By Night 52: Giã Từ Thế Kỷ||1999|
|51||Paris By Night 51: We Like To Party|
|50||Paris By Night 50|
|49||Paris By Night 49: Chúng Ta Đi Mang Theo Quê Hương|
|48||Paris By Night 48: Hình Ảnh Cuộc Đời|
|47||Paris By Night 47: Hoàng Thi Thơ 2|
|46||Paris By Night 46: Paris by night 15th Anniversary Celebration||1998|
|45||Paris By Night 45: Vào Hạ|
|44||Paris By Night 44: Tiền|
|43||Paris By Night 43: Đàn Bà|
|42||Paris By Night 42: Giòng Nhạc Kỷ Niệm||1997|
|41||Paris By Night 41: Hoàng Thi Thơ - Một Đời Cho Âm Nhạc|
|40||Paris By Night 40: Mẹ|
|39||Paris By Night 39: Ánh Đèn Màu|
|38||Paris By Night 38: In Toronto||1996|
|37||Paris By Night 37: In Las Vegas 2|
|36||Paris By Night 36: In Houston|
|35||Paris By Night 35|
|34||Paris By Night 34: Made in Paris||1995|
|33||Paris By Night 33: Nhạc Tình Đức Huy|
|32||Paris By Night 32: 20 Năm Nhìn Lại|
|31||Paris By Night 31|
|30||Paris By Night 30: Phạm Duy 2 - Người Tình|
|29||Paris By Night 29: In Las Vegas||1994|
|28||Paris By Night 28: Lam Phương 2 - Dòng Nhạc Tiếp Nối - Sacrée Soirée 3|
|27||Paris By Night 27: Tiếng Hát Với Cung Đàn Văn Phụng - Sacrée Soirée 2|
|26||Paris By Night 26: Đêm Hoa Đăng - Sacrée Soirée 1|
|25||Paris By Night 25|
|24||Paris By Night 24: Paris by night 10th Anniversary||1993|
|23||Paris By Night 23: Thế Giới Muôn Màu|
|22||Paris By Night 22: 40 Năm Âm Nhạc Lam Phương|
|21||Paris By Night 21: Tình Ca Ngô Thụy Miên|
|20||Paris By Night 20: Tuyệt Phẩm|
|19||Paris By Night 19: Tình Ca Phạm Duy - Tác Phẩm và Con Người|
|18||Paris By Night 18||1992|
|17||Paris By Night 17|
|16||Paris By Night 16|
|15||Paris By Night 15|
|14||Paris By Night 14||1991|
|13||Paris By Night Đặc Biệt|
|12||Paris By Night 12|
|11||Paris By Night 11||1990|
|10||Paris By Night 10|
|9||Paris By Night 9||1989|
|8||Paris By Night 8|
|7||Paris By Night 7|
|6||Paris By Night 6: Paris by night 5th Anniversary||1988|
|5||Paris By Night 5||1987|
|4||Paris By Night 4|
|3||Paris By Night 3||1986|
|2||Paris By Night 2|
|1||Paris By Night||1983|
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 Đào - 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
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 - Đặng Trường Phát - Đình Bảo - Don Hồ - Đức Huy - Đức Thành - Dương Triệu Vũ - Duy Hạnh - Duy Quang - Duy Trác - Duy Trường - Elvis Phương - Giang Tử - 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 Hòang - 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 Đình - Mạnh Quỳnh - Maurice Đạt - 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 Định - 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 Trọng - Sunny Lương - Tae Kyung Im - Taiphoon - Thái Châu - Thái Tài - Thanh Bùi - Thành An - Thành Đườc - The Gin-Sen (Spencer & Evan Le) - The Kings - Thế Sơn - Thiên Tôn - Tiến Dũng - Tommy Ngô - Tom Treuler - Trần Đức - 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
Paris By Night has been filmed in the following cities:
|City/Region||No. filmed||Last time filmed|
|Orange County, California||13||2011|
|Long Beach, California||10||2008|
|San Jose, California||4||2005|
|No live audience||2||2001|
|Country||No. filmed||Years filmed|
|France||43||1983 - 1996, 1999 - 2003|
|United States||43||1993 - 1994, 1996, 1998 - 2000, 2002 - present|
|Canada||21||1996 - 2001, 2004 - 2007|
|No audience||2||1997, 2001|
- "We'll Always Have Paris By Night". San Francisco Weekly. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2011-07-14.
- Karim, Karim Haiderali, The Media of Diaspora, 2003, p. 121.
- For Vietnamese, 'Paris By Night' is a mix of Vegas, nostalgia and pre-war Pri.org (February 10, 2014). Retrieved on May 31, 2014.
- Thuy Nga's Forum.
- Thuy Nga France (In Vietnamese, French, & English).
- Thuy Nga worldwide shopping website.
- Thuy Nga - Channel at Youtube
- Thuy Nga Paris By Night Fan's Blog
- A. Smith & Co. Productions
- Nguyen Ngoc Ngan's Vuot Bien Account (In Vietnamese).
- Nguyen Ngoc Ngan's Vuot Bien Account (In English).