Moulin Rouge! The Musical nominated for 14 Tony Awards

Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! The Musical Broadway production - photo by Matthew MurphyIn a landmark moment for Australian theatrical producers Global Creatures, Moulin Rouge! The Musical has been nominated for an astounding 14 Tony Awards which were announced overnight in New York. Based on Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 Australian film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is the first Australian-produced musical to originate on Broadway.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical received 14 nominations across 13 categories:
Best Musical
Best Direction of a Musical – Alex Timbers
Best Book of a Musical – John Logan
Best Choreography – Sonya Tayeh
Best Orchestrations – Justin Levine with Matt Stine, Katie Kresek and Charlie Rosen
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical – Karen Olivo
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical – Aaron Tveit
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical – Robyn Hurder
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical – Danny Burstein, Sahr Ngaujah
Best Scenic Design in a Musical – Derek McLane
Best Costume Design in a Musical – Catherine Zuber
Best Lighting Design in a Musical – Justin Townsend
Best Sound Design of a Musical – Peter Hylenski

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is the fourth musical production by Global Creatures, which was founded by Gerry Ryan OAM and Carmen Pavlovic in 2007. Previous works include King Kong, Strictly Ballroom The Musical and Muriel’s Wedding The Musical. The ‘red windmill’ will arrive at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre and London’s Piccadilly Theatre in 2021.

“This year’s Tony Award nominees share the most unusual of bonds. At such a difficult time for so many people, including the thousands who make up the industry behind the scenes, we welcome this opportunity to celebrate the remarkable achievements of Broadway’s finest artists,” said Carmen Pavlovic, CEO of Global Creatures and Producer of Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

“Today’s Tony nominations are a reminder of the truly remarkable production our creative team, cast and crew have brought to life. It took over a decade to bring Moulin Rouge! The Musical to the Broadway stage, and the success of the show is anchored in every win, loss and learning we have experienced producing new Australian theatrical works.”

“We are incredibly proud to be an Australian company and cannot wait to bring Moulin Rouge! home to Melbourne in 2021,” said Pavlovic

After an out-of-town Boston run in 2018, the 2019 Broadway debut of Moulin Rouge! The Musical astounded reviewers – The New York Times’ Ben Brantley declaring the show his Critics Pick – “In Moulin Rouge, life is beautiful.”

The production broke box office records for the Al Hirschfeld theatre, scored a Grammy nomination for the Original Cast Recording, a Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical and ten Outer Critics Award Honours.

Enter a world of splendour and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular… Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

Celebrating over 160 years of music from Offenbach to Lady Gaga, the production features over 70 songs, many of the iconic hits from the movie, as well as additions from Adele, Katy Perry, Sia, Beyonce, Rihanna and more. Preview the Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Love of Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

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Image: Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Broadway production) – photo by Matthew Murphy