The 2001 Oscar-nominated film Moulin Rouge is in the midst of being adapted into the musical, Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Two-time Tony-nominated Alex Timbers will direct and Gladiator and Skyfall screenwriter, John Logan, will create the book.
Timbers, who is currently directing the comedy Oh, Hello on Broadway said that details about the musical will be announced later.
“We’re working on the outline right now,” Timbers said. “I got to meet Baz [Luhrmann] a couple of years ago. He’s really enthusiastic about this idea, and I obviously love his movie. I think we’ve found a perfect collaborator in John Logan. I’m a huge fan of his movies, his plays and TV show. I’m really excited about the opportunity to work with him.”
The film takes place in a Parisian nightclub, the Moulin Rouge, and follows a young Scottish poet, Christian (Ewan McGregor) who falls in love with the cabaret star Satine (Nicole Kidman). Moulin Rouge was up for eight Oscars and became the first musical nominated for Best Picture in 10 years, after Beauty and the Beast in 1991. Moulin Rouge won Best Costumes and Best Art Direction-Sets.
Luhrmann, co-writer, director and producer of the original, is excited.
“It’s immensely gratifying to know that a new wave of artists will be leading Moulin Rouge! into its rightful theatrical realm,” he said.
The announcement of the musical was made in both the United States and Australia and it’s unclear if it will premiere in Australia first or aim straight for Broadway. The production timeline and cast have yet to be announced.
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