It can only mean one thing – Moulin Rouge! The Musical is coming to the London stage!
That’s right, after ten years in development and shows across America & Australia, this jukebox of a musical is landing in the Piccadilly Theatre this November. It’s a hell of a production too, with 14 Tony nominations under its belt, and a crazy lineup of talent. Baz Luhrmann is onboard as a producer (he describes himself as “something of an uncle to the project”), and it’s being directed by Alex Timbers (Golden Globe winner) with a book by John Logan (three-time Oscar nominee).
The soundtrack somehow packs in an impossible-sounding 71 songs into the show, all woven together with both the score & each other, and they’ll include a great deal of new stuff that’s hit the charts in the two decades since the film came out. Yes, two decades. Expect Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Florence and the Machine, Britney, SIA, OutKast, Beyonce, and even one mister Rick Astley to be thrown into the mix.
So far the critics have been highly positive, with the New York Times calling it “a cloud-surfing, natural high of a production“, and the Telegraph completely agreeing that it’s “exactly what we need right now“. And while you may not feel 100% comfortable with the idea of going to the theatre right now, future you is definitely going to be extremely grateful to current you for booking tickets when the show finally opens in November.
It’s all going down in the Piccadilly Theatre just off Chinatown, whose Art Deco auditorium is large enough for 1,400 non socially-distanced audience members to take in a stage so large that it can accommodate dozens of performers, a windmill and a statue of a life-size elephant. It’s the live theatrical spectacle you need to shake off the cobwebs of over a year of pyjamas & Netflix, promising fun (what’s that?), laughter, tears, and excitement…
… come what may.
NOTE: Tickets to Moulin Rouge! The Musical are on sale now, with shows starting from 12 November 2021 at the Piccadilly Theatre. You can get your tickets right HERE.
Piccadilly Theatre | 16 Denman St, W1D 7DY
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