There's not long to wait until the spectacular spectacular that is Moulin Rouge! The Musical opens in London. It’s been 20 years since audiences fell in love with Satine and Christian at the Parisian club, complete with luxurious scenery and a glorious soundtrack that changed the genre of musical films forevermore. Now, its musical counterpart is set to do the same for West End theatre, but who will be tasked with portraying such iconic characters?
Who is in Moulin Rouge! The Musical in London?
The full West End cast of Moulin Rouge: The Musical was announced in September 2021, and leading man Jamie Bogyo will be making his West End debut as Christian. There's also Olivier Award-nominated stars in Moulin Rouge! The Musical too, as well as an exciting ensemble that's sure to have us imagining we're in Paris. Discover the original London cast of Moulin Rouge! The Musical with us. Moulin Rouge! The Musical is at the Piccadilly Theatre from 12 November, and Moulin Rouge! The Musical tickets are on sale now.
Jamie Bogyo, Christian
After graduating from Yale University with a BA in Theatre Studies and a concentration in playwriting, Jamie Bogyo decided to pursue a career on the stage, rather than writing productions. Bogyo then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), graduating in 2019 with a BA in Acting.
Even though Moulin Rouge! The Musical will mark Bogyo’s West End debut, he’s appeared in numerous productions, including Miss Julie, This Is Our Youth and Into the Woods as Rapunzel’s Prince. And while at college, Bogyo sung as part of The Whiffenpoofs, a Yale aca pella group whose alumni includes Anything Goes composer Cole Porter. We’re sure listening to Bogyo play Christian in Moulin Rouge! The Musical will be anything but agony.
Liisi LaFontaine, Satine
The Los Angeles native is no stranger to the West End, having been in Dreamgirls as Deena, starring alongside Amber Riley. But now she’ll step into the spotlight, playing Satine in Moulin Rouge! The Musical. LaFontaine hasn’t just been on stage though, she’s also worked with budding performers, setting up a theatre company with her sister.
Clive Carter, Harold Zidler
Carter will play Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! The Musical in London. The two-time Olivier Award-nominated actor recently starred in another Broadway import, Come From Away, as Claude and others. Carter has originated West End roles throughout his career too, including Mr. Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But he’s also been in Into the Woods, Wicked, Les Miserables, and The Phantom of the Opera. Chances are if you’ve seen a West End musical, you’ve probably seen Clive Carter.
Simon Bailey, The Duke
Simon Bailey will play the Duke in Moulin Rouge! The Musical in London. Recently, Bailey played Ram's Dad/ Big Bud Dean/ Coach Ripper in Heathers in London, but he’s also played Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys. With rock star credits like We Will Rock You and Bat Boy, we can expect to see him tearing up the Piccadilly stage.
Jason Pennycooke, Toulouse-Lautrec
The Olivier Award-nominated actor is best known for playing Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton in London. But now, we’ll see another side to Pennycooke, playing Toulouse-Lautrec in Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Prior to Hamilton, Pennycooke has also been in Memphis, Guys and Dolls and even starred in the Elton John musical film Rocketman alongside Taron Egerton.
Elia Lo Tauro, Santiago
Having been in the Gloria Estefan musical On Your Feet, Lo Tauro definitely knows how to get everyone dancing. And he’ll be doing the same in Moulin Rouge! The Musical, playing Santiago. As well as jukebox musicals, Lo Tauro has also been in The Lion King and appeared in the James Bond film Skyfall.
Sophie Carmen Jones, Nini
The role of Nini will be played by Sophie Carmen Jones. She made her West End debut in We Will Rock You in 2010, and has starred in Wicked, Viva Forever!, Jersey Boys and a UK tour of Chicago as Velma Kelly. In 2017, she starred in Birthday, directed by Moulin Rouge! film director Baz Luhrmann.
Zoe Birkett, Arabia
In 2001, Birkett competed in the first series ofPop Idol, and later signed a recording contract. Since then, Birkett’s starred in a number of musicals, including Thriller, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Hair. Birkett has also been an understudy for Alexandra Burke in The Bodyguard. But now, Birkett takes on a lead role, playing Arabia in Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
Jonathan Bishop, Baby Doll
Bishop’s West End career is almost an ode to Lin-Manuel Miranda musicals. He starred in the original ensemble of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, and also played Graffiti Pete in In the Heights, alongside Aimie Atkinson. In Moulin Rouge! The Musical, he’ll play Baby Doll.
Timmika Ramsay, La Chocolat
After graduating from Rose Bruford College, Timmika Ramsay has starred in musicals such as Madagascar, based on the animated films of the same name. She made her National Theatre debut in Magna Carta, and starred in Cinderella at Lyric Hammersmith. Now, she makes her West End debut as La Chocolat in Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
Who is in the ensemble of Moulin Rouge! The Musical?
The Moulin Rouge! The Musical cast also stars Tanisha Spring, who is the alternate Satine. The cast is completed by Femi Akinfolarin, Robson Broad, Ian Carlyle, Jonathan Cordin, Anthony Cragg, Katie Ella Dunsden, Adam Gillian, Luke Jackson, Alicia Mencía, Ciro Lourencio Meulens, Georgia Morgan, Melissa Nettleford, Ian Oswald, Craig Ryder, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda, Katie Singh, Ope Sowande, Toyan Thomas-Browne, Amy Thornton, Misty May Tindall, Jon Tsouras, Tommy Wade-Smith and Lily Wang.
When does Moulin Rouge! The Musical in London open?