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It was a performance that could only have taken place in Beirut.On stage, an eclectic cast of characters provided top-notch visual entertainment – never mind the music. Holding this motley crew together was the star of Monday night's performance, MusicHall's own "Gypsy Prince," Bilal.Monday night saw the singer take to the stage to perform his signature repertoire of Lebanese hits with a gypsy twist, accompanied by six guest performers, billed as the Yugoslavian Gipsy Brass Band.In keeping with Elefteriades' lucrative brand of cabaret-style performance, Monday's show was as much about pageantry as music.On two occasions an Adonis-like young fellow clutching an enormous hand drum descended from the sidelines to flash his cut-glass cheekbones at the ladies in the crowd, sliding on his combat-trouser clad knees down the wooden catwalk like a confused rock star.His appearance served to highlight the all-male cast of the performance, which achieved a pinnacle of high camp when Bilal and several co-stars engaged in a dance-off. A stage hand explained that Bilal had gone to change his clothes and was late returning to the stage.Happily, Bilal returned soon afterward, resplendent in a sparkling black shoes and a black shirt glittering with silver sequins.
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