Moulin Rouge, a $28 million jukebox musical that opens tonight at the Al Hirschfeld Theater, is adapted from Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 movie of the same name, and expands its playlist to some 70 pop songs, updated to feature songwriters who have become stars in the 17 years since the movie was made: Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine, Sia, Beyoncé, Adele, Katy Perry.
The musical is a backstage drama and love triangle set in the famed Parisian nightclub Moulin Rouge in the artistic district Montmartre in 1899. The triangle involves Aaron Tveit as Christian, a composer from Ohio, who has been brought to Moulin Rouge to write a musical that will help save it; Karen Olivio as Satine, a performer at the Moulin Rouge and the star of the show within the show; and Tam Mutu as the villainous Duke of Monroth, the show’s producer.
“Moulin Rouge” has a book by John Logan, direction by Alex Timbers, choreography by Sonya Tayeh, sets by Derek McLane, and costumes by Catherine Zuber, who explains what she’s doing in one of the videos below.
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