Moulin Rouge! The Musical to open at the Al Hirschfield Theatre on Broadway in 2019
Moulin Rouge! The Musical will officially open on Broadway in 2019, with Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit and Danny Burstein reprising their respective roles from the pre-Broadway tryout.
The stage musical celebrates the 2001 film, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Nicole Kidman, which went on to win two Academy Awards. Based on the film, the production features well-known songs from the movie, including “Come What May” and “Your Song”.
The cast of Moulin Rouge! The Musical includes Karen Olivo, reprising her role as Satine, who won a Tony Award in 2009 for her performance as Anita in West Side Story. Other Broadway credits include originating the role of Vanessa in In the Heights, alongside Lin Manuel Miranda, as well as Brooklyn and Rent.
Aaron Tveit will reprise his role as Christian. Starring in numerous shows and concerts across the country, Tveit’s previous Broadway credits include Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal, Wicked, and Hairspray.
Six-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein plays Harold Zidler. Burstein's many Broadway credits include the role of Tevye in the 2015 revival of Fiddler on the Roof and the role of Herr Schultz in the 2014 revival of Cabaret, alongside Alan Cumming.
The cast is completed by Jacqueline Arnold, Olutayo Bosede, Kyle Brown, Sam Cahn, Max Clayton, Yurel Echezarreta, Jennifer Florentino, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Bahiyah Hibah, Ericka Hunter, Robyn Hurder, Holly James, Reed Luplau, Jeigh Madjus, Morgan Marcell, Brandt Martinez, Jodi McFadden, Kevyn Morrow, Tam Mutu, Sahr Ngaujah, Fred Odgaard, Dylan Paul, Khori Michelle Petinaud, Benjamin Rivera and Ricky Rojas.
The production is once again directed by Alex Timbers, who received a Tony Award nomination for his work on Peter and the Starcatcher. Choreography is by Sonya Taneh, with a book by John Logan and musical direction and arrangements from Justin Levine.
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 design team includes scenic design from Derek McLane, costume design from Catherine Zuber, lighting design from Justin Townsend and sound design from Peter Hylenski. Sarah Cimino will provide makeup design, with David Brian Brown designing hair and wigs for the production.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical received its world premiere at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston, where it played for a limited engagement from July 10, 2018 to August 19, 2018.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical is produced on Broadway by Global Creatures and Bill Damaschke.
(Photo by Matthew Murphy)