Moulin Rouge! is a jukebox musical with a book by John Logan. The musical is based on the 2001 film of the same name, by Baz Luhrmann. The world premiere occurred on July 10, 2018 at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston.

On May 3, 2018, a video of Aaron Tveit singing "Come What May" was released. This also announced that the musical would premiere in Boston.

Background Edit

In 2002–2003, there was speculation about the possibility of a stage musical based on Moulin Rouge!, possibly in Las Vegas, but there had been no public talks in the years since. Some sources claimed in 2006 that the director, Baz Luhrmann, had approached the leads of the film, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, to star in the potential stage version.

In 2016, it was announced that a stage musical was being developed by Global Creatures, with direction by Alex Timbers.

A workshop took place in 2017, starring Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo. The lab ran from October 30 until December 15.

Overview Edit

Moulin Rouge! is set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France, during the Belle Epoque at the turn of the 20th century. It is a fictional story about Christian, a young composer, who ends up falling in love with cabaret actress Satine, who is the star of the Moulin Rouge. Similar to the movie, the musical's score will weave together original songs with popular music "including songs that have been written in the 17 years since the film's premiere". Only one song has been confirmed: "Come What May".

Productions Edit

Moulin Rouge! was scheduled to begin preview performances on June 27, 2018, at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston. The production was scheduled to officially open on July 22, 2018, and would complete its limited run on August 5, 2018. On June 6, 2018, it was announced that the Boston production would be extended by 16 additional performances, running through August 19, 2018. Construction delays in renovating the Emerson Colonial Theatre resulted in the premiere date being pushed back to July 10, 2018 instead of in June. The production has choreography by Sonya Tayeh, sets by Derek McLane, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Peter Hylenski.

During an Instagram takeover by a cast member on July 21, 2018 it was reported that the show is scheduled to move to Broadway in the summer of 2019. Other cast members have reported on social media that it is slated to be a part of the 2019-20 Broadway season.

Cast Edit

Character Lab (2017) Colonial Theatre (2018)
Satine Karen Olivo
Christian Aaron Tveit
Harold Zidler Eric Anderson Danny Burstein
The Duke of Monroth Tam Mutu
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Sahr Ngaujah
Santiago, the Narcoleptic Argentinean Joel Perez Ricky Rojas
Nini Legs-in-the-Air Robyn Hurder
La Chocolat Jacqueline B. Arnold
Arabia Holly James
Baby Doll Jeigh Madjus

Musical numbers Edit

2018 Boston World Premiere Production
Act I
  • "Welcome to the Moulin Rouge* (Lady Marmalade/So Fresh, So Clean/Money (That's What I Want)/Rhythm of the Night/Because We Can (Fatboy Slim))"† – Zidler, Nini, La Chocolat, Arabia, Baby Doll and Company
  • "Bohemian Idea Part 1* (The Sound of Music†/I Don't Want To Wait/Every Breath You Take/Never Gonna Give You Up)" – Christian
  • "Bohemian Idea Part 2* (Royals/Children of the Revolution†/We Are Young)" – Christian, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Company
  • "Satine’s Entrance* (Diamonds Are Forever/Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend†/Material Girl†/Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)/Diamonds)" – Satine and Company
  • "Dancing with the “Duke”* (Shut Up And Dance/Raise Your Glass/I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me))" – Satine, Christian, Toulouse, Santiago and Zidler
  • "Backstage at the Moulin Rouge* (Firework)" – Satine
  • "In the Elephant* (Your Song)"† – Christian & Satine
  • "The Pitch* (Spectacular Spectacular)"† – Company
  • "Asking for Everything* (Sympathy For The Devil/You Can't Always Get What You Want/Gimme Shelter)" – Monroth and Satine
  • "Toulouse’s Story* (Nature Boy)"† – Toulouse-Lautrec and Christian
  • "In the Elephant* (Elephant Love Medley: All You Need is Love/Love is Just a Game/I Was Made for Loving You/Just One Night/Pride (In the Name of Love)/Can't Help Falling In Love/Don't You Want Me/Don't Speak/I Love You Always Forever/It Ain't Me Babe/Love Hurts/Love is a Battlefield/Play the Game/Torn/Take On Me/Fidelity/What's Love Got To Do with It/Everlasting Love/Up Where We Belong/Heroes/I Will Always Love You)"† – Christian and Satine
Act II
  • "Rehearsal* (Bad Romance/Tainted Love/Seven Nation Army/Toxic/Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This))" – Santiago, Nini, and Company
  • "Toulouse’s Studio* (Come What May)"† – Christian and Satine
  • "Monroth’s Proposal* (Only Girl (In the World)/Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend†/Material Girl†)" – Monroth, Satine and Company
  • "Backstage at the Moulin Rouge* (Shake It Out)" – Zidler, Satine, La Chocolat, Arabia, Baby Doll and Company
  • "The Green Fairy* (Chandelier)" – Santiago, Toulouse-Lautrec, Christian and Company
  • "Streets of Paris* (El Tango de Roxanne)"† – Christian
  • "Streets of Paris Part 2* (Crazy/Rolling in the Deep)" – Christian and Satine
  • "The Show* (Your Song (Reprise))" – Satine, Christian and Company
  • "Finale* (Come What May (Reprise))" – Christian and Company
  • "Bows* (Lady Marmalade†/Hey Ya!/Minnie the Moocher/Bad Romance/What's Love Got to Do with It/Don't You Want Me/Crazy/Galop Infernal†/Shut Up And Dance)" – Company

† Featured in the 2001 film.

*Official musical number titles not released. Scenes and/or plot points provided.

Critical Reception It got a rave review from the New York Time. And many good reviews from the Boston Press

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