Austin Durant to join cast of Moulin Rouge! The Musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Durant will play Harold Zidler while Danny Burstein is on medical leave from Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

Austin Durant

Welcome to the Moulin Rouge! Austin Durant will join the cast of Moulin Rouge! The Musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre from December 10 as he takes over the role of Harold Zidler. Durant steps into the production for a limited engagement of six weeks while Danny Burstein is on medical leave.

Durant returns to the Great White Way after starring in productions including You Can’t Take It With You, Macbeth and War Horse.

The current principal cast of Moulin Rouge! The Musical stars Aaron Tveit (as Christian), Karen Olivo (as Satine), Sahr Ngaujah (as Toulouse-Lautrec), Tam Mutu (as The Duke), Ricky Rojas (as Santiago), and Robyn Hurder (as Nini).

Synopsis: "Set in the 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, and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine. Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge with its many characters including the host of the Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler; the brilliant and starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec; the greatest tango dancer - and gigolo - 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, including love."

The creative team features scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Peter Hylenski, make-up design by Sarah Cimino, and hair & wig design by David Brian Brown.

The 2001 hit movie grossed over $179 million at the worldwide box office and earned Catherine Martin two Oscars ("Best Costume Design" and "Best Production Design") at the 74th Academy Awards, where it received a further six nominations, including "Best Picture." The jukebox movie musical starred Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGreggor and Jim Broadbent, along with John Leguizamo and Richard Roxburgh, and featured versions of popular songs such as "Lady Marmalade," "Material Girl​," "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend​," "One Day I'll Fly Away​," "Roxanne​," and "Your Song​," as well as original song "Come What May​."

Moulin Rouge! The Musical previously staged its world premiere at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre from July to August, 2018, and is produced on Broadway by Global Creatures and Bill Damaschke.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical Tickets are available now for performances through November 8, 2020.

(Photo by Jordan Matter)