Moulin Rouge! (musical)

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Moulin Rouge!
BookJohn Logan
BasisMoulin Rouge!
by Baz Luhrmann
Craig Pearce
PremiereJuly 10, 2018 (2018-07-10): Colonial Theatre, Boston
Productions2018 Boston

Moulin Rouge! is a jukebox musical with a book by John Logan. The musical is based on the 2001 film of the same name directed by Baz Luhrmann and written by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce.[1]

The musical premiered on July 10, 2018 at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston. On November 19, 2018, it was announced that Moulin Rouge! would open on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Previews began on June 28, 2019 with an opening night set for July 25.[2]


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.[3] 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.[4]

In 2016, it was announced that a stage musical was being developed by Global Creatures, with direction by Alex Timbers.[5]

A workshop took place in 2017,[6] starring Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo. The lab ran from October 30 until December 15.[citation needed]


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".[7][8][9]


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.[8] On June 6, it was announced that the Boston production would be extended by 16 additional performances, running through August 19.[10] Construction delays in renovating the Emerson Colonial Theatre resulted in the premiere date being pushed back to July 10.[11] 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.[9]

On November 19, 2018, it was announced that Moulin Rouge! would open on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.[12] Previews on Broadway began on June 28, 2019 with an opening night set for July 25.[13]


Character Lab
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

† Featured in the 2001 film.

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

Awards and Accolades[edit]

Original Boston Production[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2019 IRNE Awards[14][15] Best New Musical Won
Best Musical Won
Best Set Design Derek McLane Won
Best Costume Design Catherine Zuber Won
Best Lighting Design Justin Townsend Nominated
Best Sound Design Peter Hylenski Won
Best Choreography Sonya Tayeh Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Musical Danny Burstein Won
Best Actress – Musical Karen Olivo Nominated
Best Actor – Musical Aaron Tveit Nominated
Best Music Director Cian McCarthy Won
Best Director – Musical Alex Timbers Nominated


  1. ^ Evans, Greg (April 4, 2018). "'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' Announces Cast For Pre-Broadway Boston Premiere". Deadline. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  2. ^ "Moulin Rouge! The Musical Sets Dates, Theater & Casting for Broadway Premiere". Broadway.com. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Moulin Rouge – Stage Production". Baz the Great. Archived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved March 27, 2009.
  4. ^ Gorgan, Elena (June 20, 2006). "Moulin Rouge on the Stage? – The director Baz Luhrmann has already approached Kidman and McGregor with the offer". Softpedia. Retrieved March 27, 2009.
  5. ^ Lang, Brent (September 1, 2016). "'Moulin Rouge!' Being Developed Into a Stage Musical". Variety. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Hetrick, Adam (October 31, 2017). "Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo Lead Moulin Rouge! Lab". Playbill. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "Moulin Rouge! The Musical". Broadway.com. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  8. ^ a b McPhee, Ryan (April 4, 2018). "Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo Will Star in Boston World Premiere of Moulin Rouge! Musical". Playbill. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  9. ^ a b McPhee, Ryan (August 3, 2018). "World Premiere of Moulin Rouge! Musical Officially Opens in Boston Before Broadway Bow". Playbill. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Hetrick, Adam (June 6, 2018). "Broadway-Aimed Moulin Rouge! Extends Boston Run". Playbill. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "MOULIN ROUGE! Delays Boston Premiere to July 10th, Full New Dates". Broadway World. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  12. ^ McPhee, Ryan. " 'Moulin Rouge!' Musical Sets Broadway Dates and Theatre; Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo to Star" Playbill, November 19, 2018
  13. ^ McPhee, Ryan. " 'Moulin Rouge!' Musical Begins on Broadway June 28" Playbill, June 28, 2019
  14. ^ "Nominations for 23rd Annual IRNE Awards Announced! – Theater Mirror". Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  15. ^ "Moulin Rouge! Musical Leads Boston's 2019 IRNE Awards". Playbill.

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