Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! Is Becoming a Stage Musical

Baz Luhrmann's <em>Moulin Rouge!</em> Is Becoming a Stage Musical
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Moulin Rouge, director Baz Luhrmann's beloved glittering spectacle, is headed to the stage! According to Playbill, the 2001 cult favorite which starred Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor is being adapted as a stage musical by Tony Award winner John Logan. Although details on the cast, score, location, and timeline remain guarded, we do know that the show will be titled simply: Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

The over-the-top film tells the story of a young bohemian poet (played by McGregor) who falls desperately in love with the star courtesan (played by Kidman) of Paris's infamous club, Moulin Rouge. The movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards including best picture and won two, for best costumes and best art direction.

"I first encountered Alex Timbers through the remarkable and inventive production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the brilliance of Here Lies Love," Luhrmann said in a statement. "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."

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Alex Timbers, of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Mozart in the Jungle fame, is set to direct the production.

We hope you don't mind ... staying tuned for more details!

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