Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Perth, Brisbane, and Melbourne
MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL OPENS AT QPAC’S LYRIC THEATRE NEXT MONTH: HERE’S WHAT BRISBANE AUDIENCES CAN EXPECT.
Ten-time Tony Award-winning musical Moulin Rouge! The Musical will have its first Brisbane performance in the Lyric Theatre at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) on Tuesday 16th May 2023 when Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage remixed in a musical mash-up extravaganza. Since lifting its curtain around Australia, the production has welcomed nearly one million Australian theatregoers with sold out seasons in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. The Brisbane season is also on track to be a complete sell out.
Producer Carmen Pavlovic says, “We’re so excited to finally be bringing Moulin Rouge! The Musical to Queensland and we are thrilled at the overwhelming response from Brisbane audiences five-weeks out from our arrival. Our aspiration was to create a show that genuinely surprises audiences – whether you have seen the movie or not. The show is so lavish, so bold and deeply romantic, guests should be prepared for a completely immersive sensory experience. The Australian production team that are integral in bringing our show to life are quite simply some of the best in the world and we can’t wait for Brisbane to experience the spectacular.”
Alinta Chidzey stars as the sparkling diamond, Satine, opposite Des Flanagan as bohemian dreamer Christian, with Simon Burke AO playing legendary club impresario Harold Zidler and James Bryers as The Duke. Montmartre’s resident artistes will be played by Jarrod Draper as Toulouse-Lautrec and Ryan Gonzalez as Santiago. The club’s famed entertainers known as the ‘Lady M’s’ will be played by Samantha Dodemaide as Nini, Olivia Vásquez as Arabia, Chaska Halliday as La Chocolat, and Christopher J Scalzo as Babydoll.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical depicts a show within a show, and that experience starts the moment audiences walk into the theatre. With the auditorium dressed as if entering the original Parisian nightclub, audiences are immediately transported to a world of splendour and romance, of eye-popping excess, and of glitz, grandeur and glory.
Through exquisite set design the production pays homage to the original, iconic Moulin Rouge in Paris which inspired Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 revolutionary film. Set designer Derek McLane will transform the Lyric Theatre