The Broadway-bound production of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, inspired by the 2001 20th Century Fox Motion Picture by Baz Luhrmann, has announced a principal cast for its 36-performance Boston out-of-town tryout. The production will play Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG)’s Emerson Colonial Theatre from June 27, 2018 through August, 5, 2018.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical will star Karen Olivo (Tony Award for West Side Story, In the Heights), Aaron Tveit (Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal), Danny Burstein (six-time Tony Award-nominee, Fiddler On the Roof, Cabaret), Sahr Ngaujah (Tony and Olivier award-nominated for Fela), Tam Mutu (Doctor Zhivago, Encores’ Hey, Look Me Over! and The New Yorkers), Ricky Rojas (Burn the Floor), and Robyn Hurder (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Chicago).
“Set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France at the turn of the century, a world of indulgent beauty and unparalleled extravagance, of bohemians and aristocrats, of boulevardiers and mademoiselles, Moulin Rouge! The Musical tells the fictional story of an ambitious, lovesick writer, Christian (Aaron Tveit), and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine (Karen Olivo). Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge with its many characters including the host of the Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler (Danny Burstein); the brilliant and starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec (Sahr Ngaujah); the greatest tango dancer – and gigolo – in all of Paris, Santiago (Ricky Rojas); the tempting Nini (Robyn Hurder); and The Duke of Monroth (Tam Mutu), the wealthy and entitled patron of the club who thinks he can buy anything he wants, including love.”
Moulin Rouge! The Musical will feature direction by Alex Timbers, Tony-Award nominated for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher. The book will be by Tony Award winner John Logan (Red), with choreography by Sonya Tayeh (Lucille Lortel and Obie Award-winner for Kung Fu) and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). Details of the Broadway production will be announced at a later date.
Moulin Rouge! will have a designed team composed of Derek McLane (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Justin Townsend (lighting), Peter Hylenski (sound), David Brian Brown (wig and hair design) and Matt Stine as music producer. As in the film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical celebrates some of the greatest popular music of the last 50 years. The stage musical features many of the iconic songs from the movie and will also include recent hits released since the movie premiered 15 years ago.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.