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'Moulin Rouge' Being Developed as Broadway Musical

Monday Jun 19, 2017

The courtesan and penniless sitar player are making their way to Broadway.

Considering that massive gay following that auteur Baz Luhrmann's film "Moulin Rouge!" has enjoyed since it first debuted in 2001, the question of when the musical retelling of the Orpheus tale would hit the Great White Way has long been pondered.

But that question may soon be put to rest. As reported by BroadwayWorld on Monday, a stage version of the beloved movie is officially in the works. Earlier this month, a casting notice went out for a developmental lab to incubate the property was published with a date set for late October.

Set to helm the production is two-time Tony Award-nominee Alex Timbers. Timbers caught Luhrmann's eye when the Australian director attended the Broadway production of "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," which Timbers directed in 2010. He later attended Timbers' highly lauded mounting of David Byrne's disco opera "Here Lies Love."

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