Here’s why ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ is the ultimate show for theatre people
Lovers, dreamers, Bohemians, and all theatregoers in between will feel at home at Moulin Rouge! The Musical, which is ever-expanding its reach across the globe. It had its world premiere at Boston’s Emerson Colonial and a Broadway opening at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, which eventually won 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical. After success in the States, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is now coming to the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End.
The musical, based on Baz Luhrmann’s Academy Award-winning film, is all about show business and spectacle, so theatre people can relate to Moulin Rouge! The Musical more than anyone else in the world. Here’s why you need to see Moulin Rouge! The Musical no matter which side of the Atlantic you’re on.
Like the film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is set in the iconic Parisian nightclub the show borrows its name from. The story centers on the writer Christian and Satine, the star showgirl at the nightclub, and their epic love story. Satine is just one of many performers dancing around the Moulin Rouge; a large ensemble of dancers captures the freewheeling energy of Harold Zidler’s club. You can-can expect to see intricate choreography conceived by Sonya Tayeh, who won a Best Choreography Tony Award for her work.
Every aspect of Moulin Rouge! The Musical is sure to take your breath away, leaving no detail spared in the opulent sets and costumes. There’s scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Justin Townsend, and sound design by Peter Hylenski. All four of these designers also won Tony Awards for Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical also brings the pop world to the stage. There are over 70 chart-topping songs featured in the Moulin Rouge! The Musical soundtrack, allowing theatre fans to experience their favorite non-theatre music with a showtune twist. We won’t spoil all the contents of the soundtrack for you here, but know that it includes the most famous pop songs used in the original film along with dozens of hits that have come out since the movie’s release. Between the songs, there are plenty of passionate moments in the dialogue, too — but you’ll have to watch Moulin Rouge! The Musical to see for yourself.
The London cast for Moulin Rouge! The Musical has everybody talking, and theatre fans will recognize some West End veterans. Newcomer Jamie Bogyo will make his West End debut as Christian, joined by Dreamgirls alumna Liisi LaFontaine as Satine. Clive Carter will play Harold Zidler, with Simon Bailey as the Duke, and Jason Pennycooke and Zoe Birkett also in the principal cast.
The current Broadway cast also includes a mix of newcomers and Broadway favorites: Aaron Tveit stars as Christian, with Natalie Mendoza as Satine, Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler, Tam Mutu as the Duke, Sahr Ngaujah as Toulouse-Lautrec, Ricky Rojas as Santiago, and Tony nominee Robyn Hurder as Nini. For their performances, Tveit and Burstein both became first-time Tony winners at the 74th annual Tony Awards ceremony. All but Mendoza originated their roles on Broadway; Karen Olivo originated the role of Satine and received a Tony nomination for her performance.
After a prolonged period of theatres shut worldwide, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is sure to be a tonic for all theatregoers looking for a lavish “spectacular spectacular.” How wonderful life is when Moulin Rouge! The Musical is in the world.