Global Creatures announced today that Baz Luhrmann’s iconic and Oscar-winning 2001 film “Moulin Rouge” is being turned into a stage musical.
Set in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, the film starred Ewan McGregor as Christian, a young poet who falls in love with Satine (Nicole Kidman), a cabaret actress and courtesan. A jukebox musical using existing pop songs, it also chucked in a few original numbers. Today it’s mostly remembered for its sumptous production design and costuming along with its big ol’ gushy love story.
In terms of the stage production version, Alex Timbers (“Peter and the Starcatcher,” Rocky”) will helm from a book by screenwriter and playwright John Logan (“Red,” “I’ll Eat You Last”). A timeline and opening venue will be announced at a later date. In a statement, Luhrmann says:
“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.”