Casting has been announced for the Melbourne production of Moulin Rouge! The Musical. The production will be the first international production of the show following its pre-pandemic Broadway opening.
Moulin Rouge! Melbourne cast
The Moulin Rouge! Melbourne cast features Alinta Chidzey as Satine and Des Flanagan as Christian, with stalwart Simon Burke as Harold Zidler. The cast also includes:
Tim Omaji – Toulouse-Lautrec
Andrew Cook – The Duke
Ryan Gonzalez – Santiago
Samantha Dodemaide – Nini
Elenoa Rokobaro – Arabia/Satine Cover
Ruva Ngwenya – La Chocolat
Christopher J Scalzo – Babydoll
Patrice Tipoki – Satine Alternate
Maxwell Simon – Principal Cover (Christian/The Duke)
Is the stage show faithful to the movie?
The stage show is based on the 2001 movie, keeping the plot close to the original film. However, the stage musical score is updated with a huge catalogue of new pop anthems. That said, the songs you loved from the film are still there, and the updates improve rather than trample on the much loved movie soundtrack.
What is Moulin Rouge! The musical about?
Set in the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret club, the show begins with rehearsals underway for a new show. Christian, a lovestruck poet is writing a show celebrating the Bohemian ideals of truth, beauty, freedom and love. He falls deeply in love with the show’s star, Satine “The sparkling diamond”. Unfortunately, Satine, a courtesan, is also coveted by the show’s financial backer, The Duke of Monroth. Despite Satine’s aloof nature, Christian and Satine soon begin a passionate affair. They try to keep secret from The Duke, but eventually the truth is revealed. Fearful that the Duke will have Christian killed, Satine rejects him. Will love triumph in the end? Well, you’ll have to see the show to find out…
Who is in the creative team behind Moulin Rouge! The Musical
The original movie came from the brilliant mind of Baz Luhrmann and was written by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce. The creative team for the Melbourne Production is as follows:
John Logan – Book
Alex Timbers – Director
Sonya Tayeh – Choreographer
Justin Levine – Music Supervisor, Orchestrator, Arrangements & Additional Lyrics
Derek McLane – Scenic Designer
Costumer Designer – Catherine Zuber
Justin Townsend – Lighting Designer
Peter Hylenski – Sound Designer
When does Moulin Rouge! The musical open in Melbourne?
The musical premiered on 10th July 2018 in Boston before opening on Broadway for previews on 28th June 2019. The Melbourne production of Moulin Rouge! The Musical will begin previews on 13th August 2021 at the Regent Theatre. A London production is scheduled to open in Autumn 2021 at the Piccadilly Theatre.
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