Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler with "Moulin Rouge!" company members (Matthew Murphy, courtesy Boneau/Bryan-Brown)
Few new musicals get rave reviews from The New York Times during their pre-Broadway runs, when they're still working out their kinks. But Moulin Rouge!, based on the 2001 movie of the same name, accomplished just that: The Times called the show's out-of-town tryout in Boston last year a "smart, shameless, and extravagantly entertaining production." And now the show is dancing its way over to Broadway, beginning previews tonight and officially opening July 25.
The company of "Moulin Rouge!" during last year's Boston run (Matthew Murphy, courtesy Boneau/Bryan-Brown)
Well, this is just...SPECTACULAR SPECTACULAR. As if the upcoming Broadway run of Moulin Rouge! The Musical wasn't already "so exciting," the show has announced that one fan (plus their dance bestie) will get to go on an all-expenses-paid trip not only to Paris (the setting of Moulin Rouge!) but also to NYC (to catch opening night of the musicalization). The only catch is that by entering the contest, you automatically sign up for email updates from the show—which, let's be honest, you probably want anyway if you've already read this far. Safe to say that this is (as Harold Zidler would say) "magnificent, opulent, tremendous, stupendous, gargantuan, bedazzlement!"
Well, you'll be 💃💃💃💃 excited once you see the very swoon-y new trailer for the show, starring the very swoon-worthy Aaron Tveit (possibly the only person who could make us forget about Ewan McGregor's Christian). And you'll be 💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃 excited after seeing the full cast list—because it includes a ton of talented dancers.