Tony-winner Karen Olivo, Next to Normal‘s Aaron Tveit and six-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein have been set as the principal cast in the upcoming Moulin Rouge! The Musical, the world premiere engagement in Boston of the Broadway-bound production.
Based on Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 movie, the stage version, produced by Global Creatures, is being directed by Alex Timbers, the Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson director who also has a stage version of Beetlejuice in the works.
The musical’s book is by John Logan (Red), and like the movie, the stage Moulin Rouge! will include popular songs from the past five decades, some used in the film and some from the years since the film’s release. Justin Levine is Music Supervisor, Orchestrator and Arranger and Matt Stine is Music Producer. Sonya Tayeh is the choreographer.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical will play the Boston limited engagement at the refurbished Emerson Colonial Theatre, operated by Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre Group. The engagement covers 36 performances from June 27 through August, 5.
Details about the musical’s Broadway run have yet to be announced.
Here’s how ATG describes the musical: Set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France at the turn of the century, a world of indulgent beauty and unparalleled extravagance, of bohemians and aristocrats, of boulevardiers and mademoiselles, Moulin Rouge! The Musical tells the fictional story of an ambitious, lovesick writer, Christian (Aaron Tveit), and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine (Karen Olivo). Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge with its many characters including the host of the Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler (Danny Burstein); the brilliant and starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec (Sahr Ngaujah); the greatest tango dancer – and gigolo – in all of Paris, Santiago (Ricky Rojas); the tempting Nini (Robyn Hurder); and The Duke of Monroth (Tam Mutu), the wealthy and entitled patron of the club who thinks he can buy anything he wants, including love.
Olivo won a Tony Award for her performance as Anita in Broadway’s 2009 West Side Story revival. Her credits also include In the Heights and Rent, among other stage productions, and her TV appearances include The Good Wife and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.
Tveit recently starred in the CBS comic-thriller Braindead opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and prior to that starred in the Emmy-awarded television musical Grease: Live. On Broadway he starred in Catch Me If You Can and Next To Normal.
Burstein’s many stage credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, The Drowsy Chaperone and Titanic. He played Lolly Steinman on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
Additional casting for the production will be announced soon. Bill Damaschke is the Executive Producer. General Management is by Foresight Theatrical.