Coming Soon: Moulin Rouge, The Broadway Musical

Playbill reports:

Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 Oscar-nominated film Moulin Rouge is being adapted as a stage musical with a book by Tony Award winner John Logan and direction by Tony nominee Alex Timbers. It will be titled Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

Logan won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Drama League awards for his 2010 play Red. His other Broadway credits include the libretto for Sting’s 2014 musical The Last Ship, and the script for Bette Midler’s 2013 solo show, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers.

Despite the project’s simultaneous announcement in New York and Luhrmann’s native Australia, a production spokesperson said the show’s opening city, opening venue and production timeline will be announced at a later date. No casting was announced.

  • bambinoitaliano

    This movie is made for Broadway. They better do justice to the sets.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      You beat me to it. I agree completely.

    • Cuberly

      ..maybe get John Leguizamo too. He was pretty awesome in it.

      • bambinoitaliano

        That will be great casting. Not sure if he is up to it.

        • Cuberly

          Well he’s a Broadway vet, but yeah..that show would be gruelling.

          • Ernest Endevor

            No he’s not. He had one flop on Broadway.

          • Cuberly

            Oh yeah, he had his own shows. He’s a BW live theater vet, no kidding. His one man performances are great. Seriously.


            BTW, he has acting chops, especially in front of an audience.

          • Ernest Endevor

            That’s not acting. That’s performing. It’s different. And I think he’s brilliant at what he does.

          • Ernest Endevor

            One man shows are not acting but performing.

          • Cuberly

            You obviously haven’t seen his shows…..he has many different characters.

          • Ernest Endevor

            It’s not acting. That involves relating to other people. Performing is a public display of the self. Which can be brilliant. But it’s a different animal. That being said, I loved him in Too Woo Fong… . But I doubt they could afford him for a mere B’way musical.

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  • geoffalnutt

    “Come What May” will, most likely, be the signature piece…if it’s handled correctly. It’s a great song.

    • joeyj1220

      I always start crying when they sing that song

  • Jeffrey

    His show Baz is doing pretty well here in Las Vegas. It’s a mix of Moulin Rouge, Romeo+Juliet and The Great Gatsby. It’ll hold us over in the meantime

    • SoCalGal20

      That is For The Record’s production. I saw FTR Baz in L.A. before it went to Las Vegas. It’s excellent. I love how they craft the scenes and vignettes from Luhrman’s films (Strictly Ballroom, Romeo+Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Great Gatsby) so they weave together. It’s very cool. They have done other productions like this based on other filmmakers’ work, like Quentin Tarantino.

      They lost their home in Los Angeles for a while but they’re going to be back with FTR Scorcese.

      • Jeffrey

        Cool, I’ll check out the links when I’m back to my computer!

    • Ernest Endevor

      Where it belongs.

  • JD

    That was an amazing production, just a brilliant marriage of stage nd cinema (imHo)

  • HomerTh

    One of my top five movies.

  • SoCalGal20

    Ooh yes! Awesome news!

  • TequePas

    Will you only be able to see the top 2/3 of the dancer’s bodies?

  • BeaverTales

    The idea of a Zeitgeist musical from various artists symbolic of their own unique time period built around Shakespearean/Greek (and certainly non-western) dramatic themes is fascinating.

    It’s kind of like how Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy and The Wiz were defining Zeitgeist musicals for the generation that itself defined the 1970s. Our generation is more derivative than my parent’s generation was…but in a good way.

    We really are our music, just like we are our politics. It’s how people will remember our cultural views and standards in the future.

  • houstonray

    One of my favorite movies! Yes!! Done right this could be amazing!!

  • madknits

    Ohdeargodinheaven, wasn’t the movie bad enough?

    • pch1013

      Thank you! Call me a bad gay, demand my gay card back, but I would rather jab red-hot pokers in my eyes than sit through a single nanosecond of that movie ever again.

      • madknits

        I was on a date with a potential boyfriend and watched it at his house. Needless to say we never ended up dating.

      • Ernest Endevor

        Clearly you have the superior gay gene. That movie is Gentlemen Prefer Blondes meets Kismet only to get fucked in a dark alley by There’s No Business Like Show Business (Imagine Merman’s opinion of Monroe’s ‘performance’ Heat Wave) Blessings.

  • Neely OHara

    I fled the movie after 20 minutes, and now I’m wondering how they’ll ever replicate a jump cut every 0.06 seconds on stage…

    • Natty Enquirer

      Maybe they’ll come out with a magic lantern version you can enjoy.

    • M Jackson

      Maybe they’ll actually show the feet of the people as they’re dancing.

      • Neely OHara

        Oh, don’t be so hopelessly old fashioned… /s

    • pch1013

      Give meth to all the actors beforehand?

  • Ernest Endevor

    The movie wasn’t bad enough?

  • askDominick

    Amazing casting opportunities for so many talented LGBT New York actors. Get on it.

  • SomeYankInRio

    was hoping to see that John Logan was the son of the great Joshua Logan. No, he wasn’t but when I saw his credits I’m on board that this could be a quality monster hit. LOVED Penny Dreadful.

  • countervail

    Hasn’t this particular shipped sailed already? What’s wrong with creatign something new for Broadway?

    • M Jackson

      Watch for the new musical “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” this fall, based on an episode from “War and Peace” starring Josh Grogan.
      It played off-Broadway several years ago and was sensational. A dazzling immersive pop-eretta, it reminded me of the movie “Moulin Rouge” when I saw it in a tented supper club down in the west village.

      • Ernest Endevor

        Based on War and Peace. Tolstoy created the characters.

  • colaboy29

    The only part of the movie I liked was when she died so I could leave the theater. Perhaps the stage version will be better.

  • Rrhain

    They had better fix a glaring error:

    When Kidman and MacGregor are having their conversation about how he loves her and she’s putting him off because she doesn’t love him, she needs to use the clearly obvious line:

    “What’s love got to do with it?”

    I so wanted to like _Moulin Rouge,_ but the soundtrack in my head for which songs they ought to use was so much better than what they had that I couldn’t get past all the missed opportunities.

  • Ernest Endevor

    A patronizing, provincial appropriation of a major cultural movement: Bollywood produces more movies than Hollywood and has evolved its own esthetic which doesn’t include western pop songs from the 60s.