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.
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.
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".
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.
|Character||Lab (2017)||Colonial Theatre (2018)|
|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|
|Baby Doll||Jeigh Madjus|
Musical numbers Edit
- 2018 Boston World Premiere Production
† 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