C’est magnifique, indeed.
Cabarets have been entertaining the world since the 15th century. One of the oldest and most famous cabarets is the Moulin Rouge, operating since 1889 in Paris, France. It has become very influential that in 2001, it became the inspiration for the blockbuster movie of the same name. Thus, giving birth to an international phenomenon that swept the world. Starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, the film follows the doomed love affair of Satine, a cabaret star stricken by tuberculosis, and Christian, a young, ambitious Midwesterner who aspires to be a world-renowned songwriter. With stunning cinematography, catchy original songs, superb acting, and an unconventional theme, the movie became an instant classic.
Later, the film’s story is brought to the stage, much to the delight of the film’s fans. Moulin Rouge! The Musical is known for its catchy mash-ups, glamorous costumes, and over-the-top staging. The 2-hour experience is fun, extravagant, and as lively as it can be. If you are looking for a spectacle after the slump of the pandemic, this is the perfect show for you. The musical will be coming to Seattle at the Paramount Theatre this winter. Get ready for a fun musical ride to a world of Can-can and feathers.
“Smart, shameless, and extravagantly entertaining.” – The New York Times
“Red alert! Red alert! If you’re the kind of person who frets that jukebox musicals are taking over Broadway, prepare to tilt at the windmill that is the gorgeous, gaudy, spectacularly overstuffed Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Directed with opulent showmanship by Alex Timbers, this adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 movie may be costume jewelry, but its shine is dazzling.” – TimeOut NY
Like the film, the musical follows Christian’s tale of an intriguing and tragic love affair he had with Satine. It is set in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France, during the Belle Epoque at the turn of the 20th century. The show begins with Satine doing everything she can to seduce a dying Duke and rescue the Moulin Rouge. Christian’s interest in her, in addition to the Duke’s, helped form the tension. As the plot develops, tensions rise as Satine, plagued by a physical ailment, tries in vain to gain an advantage in the escalating dispute. Christian, unable to keep his emotions at bay, begins to lose his patience. They have to decide whether to do what is right for themselves or to give in to the pressure of pleasing others. Told through a series of pop songs and larger-than-life staging and performances, the
Originally written by John Logan, arranged by Justin Levine, and choreographed by Sonya Taye, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is the work of multiple Tony award-winning Broadway legends. Viewers can expect it to be a masterpiece. In fact, many critics say that there is no better film-to-musical adaptation out there. It is an immersive experience that every theatre lover will enjoy.
Justin Levin’s clever musical arrangement is one of the noteworthy facets of this musical. The musical contains 71 songs coming from different generations of pop music. All songs in its track are mashed-up smoothly and surprisingly. “The great thing about this show is that it is a container for the last hundred years of popular music,” proclaims Levin in a Playbill video. Occasionally, you can catch a glimpse of songs you have heard before. The list ranges from David Bowie, and the Rolling Stones, to Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Adele, and Lorde. Songs are chosen in such a way that sing-alongs can be done. This is why the show brought “the biggest karaoke night on Broadway.”
The musical premiered on July 10, 2018, at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston. It made its way to Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, with previews starting on June 28, 2019, and officially opening on July 25. With rave reviews from both critics and theatre-goers, the musical became an instant hit. During the 2020 Tony Awards, it bagged 10 wins, including the award for “Best Musical,” “Best Direction of a Musical,” “Best Choreography,” and “Best Orchestration.” The musical’s run picks up steam in its fifth month as it makes its way to London’s West End in January 2022. The musical garnered five Olivier Award nominations, including “Best Costume Design,” for its 2022 production.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical’s American tour will be barnstorming at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington. It will run from December 14, 2022 to January 1, 2023. The cast will include Conor Conor Ryan as Christian and Courtney Reed as Satine. The Holiday season will be extra fiery if you watch this show. Tickets are now available. Click the “Get Tickets” link on this site to reserve your tickets!