Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Global Creatures Moulin Rouge The MusicalGlobal Creatures has announced that Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film Moulin Rouge! will come to the theatrical stage as a new musical with a book by John Logan, directed by Alex Timbers. Developmental work on the show is underway, and a production timeline and opening venue will be announced at a later date.

Released by Twentieth Century Fox, Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and has earned over $179 million worldwide.  At the 74thAcademy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two.

On the announcement that John Logan and Alex Timbers had signed on to create the new musical, Baz Luhrmann, the film’s director, producer and co-writer, said, “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.”

Moulin Rouge! tells the story of a young poet/writer, Christian, who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress and courtesan Satine using the musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France.

“Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin are so special to Global Creatures and I’m thrilled that we have the opportunity to partner with them once again to bring their ground-breaking work to the stage,” said Pavlovic. “Moulin Rouge! is a film begging to be theatricalized. I can think of no better creative collaborators than Alex Timbers and John Logan to realise this new musical. We are also delighted to be partnering with Twentieth Century Fox and Moulin Rouge in this hugely exciting venture.”

John Logan (Book) received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Drama League awards for his play Red. This play premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. Since then Red has had more than 200 productions across the US and has been presented in over 30 countries. In 2013, his play Peter and Alice premiered in London and I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers opened on Broadway.

He also co-wrote the book for the musical The Last Ship and is the author of more than a dozen other plays including Never the Sinner and Hauptmann. As a screenwriter, Logan has been three times nominated for the Oscar and has received a Golden Globe, BAFTA, WGA, and PEN Center award. His film work includes Skyfall, Spectre, Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator, Rango, Genius, Coriolanus, Sweeney Todd, The Last Samurai, Any Given Sunday and RKO 281. He also created and produced the television series Penny Dreadful for Showtime.

Alex Timbers (Director) is a two-time Tony-nominated director and writer and the recipient of Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as two OBIE and Lortel Awards. As co-creator and Co-Executive Producer of the hit TV show Mozart in the Jungle, he received a 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series. His Broadway credits include Rocky (Drama Desk and OCC nominations- Best Director), Peter and the Starcatcher (co-director, OBIE Award- Best Director, Tony nomination- Best Director), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (also book writer; Drama Desk Award- Best Book, Lortel and OCC Awards- Best Musical, Tony nomination- Best Book), and The Pee-wee Herman Show (HBO).

His Off-Broadway credits include The Robber Bridegroom (Lortel Award- Best Revival), Here Lies Love (Lortel Award – Best Director, Drama Desk and OCC nominations – Best Director, London Evening Standard Award), Love’s Labour’s Lost (also adaptor, Drama Desk nom.- Best Musical), A Very Merry Unauthorized Pageant (OBIE Award- Best Director), Gutenberg! (Drama Desk nom.- Best Director), Hell House (Drama Desk nom.- Unique Theatrical Experience).

Baz Luhrmann has captured popular and critical imagination internationally with a diverse range of award-winning projects in film, opera, theatre, and music.  Currently, Luhrmann has written, produced and directed The Get Down, an original series for Netflix set in 1970s New York City, and told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city and the world, forever.

Earlier works include the Oscar winning 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (2013), the ambitious epic Australia (2008), the Oscar winning Moulin Rouge! (2001), the boldly luminous version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), and the celebrated Strictly Ballroom (1992).  The soundtrack albums for Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, executive produced by Luhrmann, have sold more than 13 million copies worldwide.

Luhrmann is one of Australia’s most imaginative opera directors; his production of La Bohème on Broadway in 2002 was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Revival and Best Director for Luhrmann. It won the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design.  In 1997, Luhrmann married Catherine Martin, his longtime creative collaborator. The same year they founded Bazmark, an innovative multimedia company with the motto “A life lived in fear is a life half lived.”

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