Get ready to enter a world of splendour and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory...
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.
For those unfamiliar, Moulin Rouge! The Musical – set in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris at the turn of the century – follows ambitious, lovesick writer Christian, and dazzling actress Satine. Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge, with its many characters including the nightclub’s host Harold Zidler; the brilliant, starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec; the greatest tango dancer in all of Paris, Santiago; the tempting Nini; and The Duke of Monroth, the wealthy and entitled patron of the club who thinks he can buy anything he wants.
Based on Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary motion picture, the production has been thrilling audiences since opening on Broadway in July 2019, receiving 14 Tony Award nominations – including the coveted Best Musical nomination – and a Grammy nomination for its efforts.
The news of Moulin Rouge! The Musical‘s upcoming Melbourne opening couldn’t arrive at a more perfect time. “It feels like a call to arms. The story of Moulin Rouge is about show folk fighting to save their theatre and that essence of resilience and fighting for what matters has galvanised me and the whole team this year – a year of impossible challenges all round,” producer Carmen Pavlovic said in an interview with The Age.
Of course Moulin Rouge! The Musical features many of the songs you love from the hit film, but its sublime soundtrack is so much more than that. Travelling across more than 160 years of music – from Offenbach’s 1858 composition ‘Galop Infernal’ – synonymous with the can-can song – all the way to Lady Gaga and Rihanna, you really don’t want to miss this.
As well as celebrating the Broadway musical tradition (keen-eyed audiences members might be able to spot a number of references and easter eggs dropped throughout the production), Moulin Rouge! The Musical is also a celebration of artistry, inclusivity, and diversity.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical will transform Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in August 2021. Join the waitlist to be among the first to get tickets.
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