It can only mean one thing – Moulin Rouge! The Musical has come to the London stage!
That’s right, after ten years in development and shows across America & Australia, this jukebox of a musical has finally landed at the Piccadilly Theatre. It’s a hell of a production too, with 14 Tony nominations under its belt, and a crazy lineup of talent. Baz Luhrmann was onboard as a producer (he describes himself as “something of an uncle to the project”), and it’s 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’ve included 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“.
It all takes place in the Piccadilly Theatre just off Chinatown, whose Art Deco auditorium is large enough for 1,400 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: Moulin Rouge! The Musical is now playing at the Piccadilly Theatre. You can get your tickets right HERE.
Piccadilly Theatre | 16 Denman St, W1D 7DY
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