The first UK production of acclaimed show Moulin Rouge! The Musical will open at London’s Piccadilly Theatre in March 2021.
Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza directed by Alex Timbers (Here Lies Love at National Theatre, Tony Award-nominated for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher).
Moulin Rouge! The Musical has a book by John Logan (Tony Award for Red, three-time Academy Award nominee, including for Gladiator and The Aviator), choreography by Sonya Tayeh (Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for Kung Fu, and Emmy winner), and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).
“After ten years in development, and following the fantastic response to Moulin Rouge! The Musical in New York, we are thrilled to be sharing this musical with audiences in the UK. We can’t wait to bring the show to London!” said producer Carmen Pavlovic, Global Creatures.
The design team for includes Derek McLane (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Justin Townsend (lighting), Peter Hylenski (sound), David Brian Brown (wig and hair design) and Sarah Cimino (make-up design). Casting is by Pippa Ailion.
The musical, which features a lavish, immersive set, follows aspiring writer Christian and dancer Satine as they fall in love. But pressure mounts on Satine as her boss, Moulin Rouge owner Harold Zidler, relies on her to appease the Duke of Monroth, whose money will keep the establishment running.
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 also includes recent hits released since the movie premiered 18 years ago.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical is currently playing on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre where it opened to critical acclaim on 25 July 2019. Further productions have also been announced for Australia and a North American tour.