Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Coming Soon to the World Stage
It has been announced by Global Creatures that Baz Luhrmann’s ground-breaking film Moulin Rouge! is being developed as a new stage musical with a book by John Logan and to be directed by Alex Timbers
Developmental work on Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film is underway, and a production timeline and opening venue will be announced at a later date.
Released by Twentieth Century Fox, Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and has earned over $179 million worldwide. At the 74th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two.
On the announcement that John Logan and Alex Timbers had signed on to create the new musical, Moulin Rouge!, Baz Luhrmann, the film’s director, producer and co-writer, said, “I first encountered Alex Timbers through the remarkable and inventive production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the brilliance of Here Lies Love. I immediately recognized the young director’s creative spirit and felt we shared similar sensibilities and instincts. So I’m tremendously happy to celebrate that Moulin Rouge! will be under his direction and that the book will be the creation of the gifted Tony Award-winning playwright John Logan whose writing I also admire deeply. It’s immensely gratifying to know that a new wave of artists will be leading Moulin Rouge! into its rightful theatrical realm.”
Carmen Pavlovic, CEO of Global Creatures said, “Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin are so special to Global Creatures and I’m thrilled that we have the opportunity to partner with them once again to bring their ground-breaking work to the stage. Moulin Rouge! is a film begging to be theatricalized. I can think of no better creative collaborators than Alex Timbers and John Logan to realise this new musical.”
Moulin Rouge! tells the story of a young poet/writer, Christian, who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress and courtesan Satine using the musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France.Global Creatures is at the forefront of innovative stagecraft, brilliant storytelling and spectacular theatricality. Global Creatures’ first venture was Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular. Global Creatures’ Walking with Dinosaurs was conceived and developed in Australia and made its international debut in 2007. The show has since toured the world and become a phenomenal global success story. Global Creatures’ second production, How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular, completed a North American tour in 2013 after successful seasons in Australia and New Zealand. The co-production with Dreamworks Theatricals further revealed Global Creatures ingenuity and visual prowess in bringing mythical dragons to vivid life. Five years in the making, the ground-breaking theatre production King Kong had its world premiere at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne, in 2013. The show’s “leading man” is arguably the most authentic, technologically-advanced puppet in the world. Audiences have been stunned and spellbound by Kong’s life-like attributes, both physical and emotional. More recently, Global Creatures joined with Bazmark to bring Baz Luhrmann’s popular 1992 hit Australian film Strictly Ballroom The Musical to the stage. Strictly Ballroom The Musical had its global premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, Sydney, in 2014. The first international staging of Strictly Ballroom The Musical is to premiere at West Yorkshire Playhouse, England in November 2016.