Moulin Rouge! The Musical will resume performances on September 24, 2021 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The first musical of the 2019/2020 Broadway season, the show opened to critical acclaim in July, 2019.
Directed by Alex Timbers with a book by John Logan, choreography by Sonya Tayeh and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine, the show brings Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film of the same title to life onstage. Moulin Rouge is remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. It’s a theatrical celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and love.
Moulin Rouge! features a mash-up of great songs including “Firework,” “Your Song,” “Shut Up And Dance,” “Chandelier,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Single Ladies” and many more. The richly decadent set alone is a marvel which transports to the Moulin Rouge.
The musical was nominated for 14 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Moulin Rouge has already won the 2020 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical and Danny Burstein received the organization’s highest acting honor, Distinguished Performance. The show also received ten Outer Critics Circle Award Honor citations, including New Broadway Musical. Tveit, Burstein, Ngaujah and Hurder are all Tony Award nominees for their performances in Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
The cast features returning principal company members Tony Award nominee Aaron Tveit as Christian, Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler, Tony and Olivier Award nominee Sahr Ngaujah as Toulouse-Lautrec, Tam Mutu as The Duke of Monroth, Ricky Rojas as Santiago and Tony Award nominee Robyn Hurder as Nini. Ashley Loren plays the Satine Alternate. Additional casting, including the role of Satine, will be confirmed at a later date.
The film version of Moulin Rouge, released by 20th Century Fox, premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. The film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two Academy Awards. Just like the film, Moulin Rouge! the Musical celebrates more than 160 years of music, from Offenbach to Lady Gaga. The stage musical features many of the iconic songs from the movie and also includes recent hits released since the movie premiered 20 years ago.
The actual Moulin Rouge of Paris is managed by CEO Jean-Jacques Clerico. An otherworldly universe, the venue is the symbol of the Parisian way of celebrating since 1889. Beginning as a popular cabaret and dance hall, the venue became an iconic music hall in the roaring twenties. Then it transformed to a theater where numerous famous French and international artists stepped out into the limelight.
Today, the Moulin Rouge and its 60 artists present the Féerie revue show: it’s two hours of cabaret and music hall styles mixing dance scenes and surprise acts and of course the Moulin Rouge’s most iconic dance, the French Cancan.
At a special dress rehearsal on September 23, 2021 Moulin Rouge! The Musical is celebrating New York’s Frontline Workers. This much admired and beloved group will be the first audience to experience the show following the Broadway shutdown.
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a story about artists fighting to keep their theatre open on their own terms,” wrote producers Carmen Pavlovic and Bill Damaschke in a joint statement. “This has served as our rallying cry as we’ve navigated the complexities of the Broadway shutdown and planning for our re-imagined future.”
As they further explain Zidler greets the audience at the beginning of the shwo with “YOU are welcome here.” It's a fitting message, especially now. “We look forward to extending this salutation with renewed meaning to our audiences, creative team, cast, musicians and crew as the red windmill starts to turn again at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre,” they added. “It is a tremendous privilege to re-unite our much-loved company on a shared journey towards the re-opening of Broadway and beyond.”
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