By now you’ve definitely heard that Tony-nominated production Moulin Rouge! The Musical is heading Down Under, and it’s set to make its Australian home at Melbourne’s revamped Regent Theatre in August 2021. Now, we are delighted to reveal the brilliant cast, ready to bring the show to life Down Under.
Earlier this year Moulin Rouge! The Musical held open call auditions to find its spectacular spectacular cast, receiving over 2000 submissions and auditioning 479 performers to fill 34 roles. And let us tell you, the cast is truly amazing.
Alinta Chidzey (Chicago, West Side Story) will star as the sparkling diamond, Satine, opposite newcomer Des Flanagan as bohemian dreamer Christian.
Simon Burke AO will play legendary club impresario Harold Zidler and Andrew Cook will play The Duke. Montmartre’s resident artistes will be played by Tim Omaji as Toulouse-Lautrec and Ryan Gonzalez as Santiago.
The club’s famed entertainers known as the ‘Lady Ms’ will be played by Samantha Dodemaide as Nini, Elenoa Rokobaro as Arabia, Ruva Ngwenya as La Chocolat, and Christopher J Scalzo as Babydoll.
The Australian company is completed by Fabian Andrés, Amy Berrisford, Devon Braithwaite, James Bryers, Anica Calida, Kahlia Davis, Rodney Dobson, Joseph Donovan, Jarrod Draper, Bayley John Edmends, Brittany Ford, Chaska Halliday, Scout Hook, Graeme Isaako, Keian Langdon, Bree Langridge, David Ouch, Sam Parkes, Clay Roberts, Emma Russell, Maxwell Simon, Kara Sims, David Sirianni and Patrice Tipoki.
We were lucky enough to meet several hundred fiercely talented actors in the audition process over the past few months, across Sydney, Melbourne, and through video submissions. The calibre of these performers was truly staggering, and it was clear to everyone on the artistic team what an incredible creative epicentre Australia is for musical theatre. I’m thrilled with the brilliant cast of 34 we’ve assembled and simply can’t wait to get into the rehearsal room with them and for audiences in Melbourne to be as dazzled as we are by their power, skill, humour, and heart.Alex Timbers, Moulin Rouge! The Musical Director
With credits across stage and screen, from Australian theatre to London’s West End and television stars to movie blockbusters and platinum-selling musicians, alongside some of this country’s most exciting new talent – Moulin Rouge! The Musical is in good hands when it arrives in Australia later this year.
The artworks used in this article were created by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Chris Tangney as a tribute to Moulin Rouge! coming home to Australia in its 20th anniversary year
Moulin Rouge! The Musical will transform Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in August 2021.Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com.au.