Moulin Rouge for Broadway?

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Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 movie, Moulin Rouge.

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BY BILLY SUTER

IT HAS been quite a long time coming, but it is finally looking good for a stage musical adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s impressive 2001 movie musical, Moulin Rouge, which teamed Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.

Whispers are that an April or May staged reading is being planned in Manhattan for the musical adaptation, which is scheduled for Broadway, according to an Actors’ Equity Association audition notice and a report in Playbill.

Variety reports that the stage show is being developed by Global Creatures, a company that turned Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom movie hit into a stage production.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical will reportedly have a book by Tony Award winner John Logan and direction by Tony nominee Alex Timbers.

Equity-only auditions will be held on February 17 at Pearl Studios in Manhattan for the role of Satine, the part played by Kidman in the film, Playbill reports, adding that the roles of Christian, Lautrec, Zigler and Argentinian have already been cast.

Logan, the website adds, 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.

Playbill points out that Timbers’s stage credits include Rocky, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher. Timbers is also co-creator and co-executive producer of the TV show Mozart in the Jungle.

Luhrmann’s film, telling of a poet falling for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets, received eight Oscar nominations, including one for best picture. It took two Oscars – for costumes and art direction.


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