Moulin Rouge! The Musical, based on the Academy Award-winning Baz Luhrmann film of the same name, opens on the West End, with performances at the Piccadilly Theatre from 12 November 2021. Following its run on Broadway, which unveiled the jukebox musical's eclectic pop score with songs by Madonna, Lady Gaga, Elton John, and more, the West End production of the Moulin Rouge! musical now lands in London. Moulin Rouge! The Musical tickets are available on London Theatre now.
Set in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a luxurious, indulgent musical that's been hailed as one of the most anticipated shows of the century. As a lovesick writer named Christian takes his seat inside the Moulin Rouge, he's greeted by the star showgirl Satine. With a dazzling smile and an inviting manner, their lives collide in epic fashion as they grow closer together in an extravagant world where anything goes.
But while the show may wind back the years to a hedonistic age in the famed Parisian cabaret bar, the score is a modern concoction of pop hits. In addition to the film's iconic classics like Elton John's "Your Song" and Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy," it also fuses contemporary classics in the famous "Elephant Love Medley," which seamlessly incorporates over 20 songs by The Beatles, U2, Elvis, Dolly Parton, Queen, and more into a single euphoric moment of theatre.
Luhrmann's original film premiered in 2001 and starred Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in the roles of Satine and Christian, respectively. It is the third film in the filmmaker's "Red Curtain" trilogy, which also included Strictly Ballroom and Romeo + Juliet, the former of which has also appeared on stage as a musical. The Moulin Rouge! film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and was the first musical in 10 years to receive a nomination for the award for best picture.
There had been speculation as early as 2002 that a stage version of the musical was set to be mounted, and even rumours later in the decade that Luhrmann had approached McGregor and Kidman to star in the show, but what would have been a monumental casting never came to fruition. It took as long as 2017 for a first workshop to take place, with director Alex Timbers joining the project with book writer John Logan, known for his play Red and writing the James Bond film Skyfall.
The pre-Broadway world premiere engagement of Moulin Rouge! The Musical wowed audiences at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre for a limited engagement from 27 June to 19 August 2018. After a Boston tryout, Moulin Rouge! The Musical packed up its bags and headed to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway, officially opening on 25 July 2019.
In a review for New York Theatre Guide, Mark Shenton said: "Moulin Rouge is a show that has it all: it's not just 70 songs that are rolled into one show, but also a canvas of spectacle and emotion that isn't just a floorshow but left me floored with its sublime artistry." To find out what other critics thought of the musical, read our Broadway review roundup.
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Listen to the Moulin Rouge! The Musical cast recording
Following its riotous opening on Broadway, an original cast recording was produced and released, featuring the musical's biggest moments. To get a taste of Moulin Rouge! The Musical before the musical opens in the West End, give the playlist below a listen.
Set in the Montmartre Quarter in Paris, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a luxurious, indulgent musical that's been hailed as one of the most anticipated shows of the century. As a lovesick writer named Christian takes his seat inside the Moulin Rouge, he's greeted by Satine. With a dazzling smile and an inviting manner, their lives collide in epic fashion as they grow closer together in an extravagant world where anything goes. 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.