The stage musical adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! will receive its premiere engagement at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre prior to a Broadway transfer.
The musical will mark the official reopening of the Colonial; in September 2015, Emerson College announced it would close the historic venue—the birthplace of such shows as Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, and Follies—with potential plans for its future including converting it into a dining hall (this proposal was later scrapped). The U.K.- based Ambassador Theatre Group announced its acquisition of the theatre earlier this year.
Like the 2001 film, the musical will weave 20th century pop standards with original tunes; contemporary hits popularized since the movie’s release will also help tell the story of the star-crossed poet Christian and cabaret performer Satine.
A developmental lab presentation is currently underway in New York through November 30. The cast includes Aaron Tveit and Tony winner Karen Olivo. Casting for the out-of-town engagement and subsequent Broadway premiere will be announced at a later date.
Rounding out the creative team are choreographer Sonya Tayeh, music supervisor Justin Levine, music producer Matt Stine, set designer Derek McLane, costume designer Catherine Zuber, lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designer Peter Hylenski, and wig and hair designer David Brian Brown.