Moolah-la: They’re positive spending some huge cash on “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.”
The stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s vertigo-inducing film musical is budgeted at $30 million — and that doesn’t embody the lavish occasion the producers threw for Sunday night time’s opening night time in Boston.
The Champagne flowed earlier than the present debuted as an Acela-load of Broadway energy brokers marveled on the magnificently restored Emerson Colonial Theatre throughout from Boston Widespread.
Tommy Tune towered above the gang, clad in black tie, white gloves and a purple “Moulin Rouge!” sash. Tune has an extended historical past with the theater. He engineered the beautiful turnaround of “My One and Solely” on the Colonial in 1983, reworking a canine of a present right into a Tony-winning sensation. Tune was so moved to be again there, he advised associates he’s considering of directing and choreographing a revival of “Grand Resort.”
For now, the Colonial has a winner in “Moulin Rouge!,” with a world premiere individuals had been calling “sensational,” “thrilling” and “highly effective.”
Directed by Alex Timbers and designed by Derek McLane, the present stars Aaron Tveit as a struggling composer in Paris who falls in love with a cabaret performer, performed by Karen Olivo, and six-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein is the cabaret’s host.
John Logan (“Pink”) wrote the script, and the rating is bursting with songs by Girl Gaga, Sam Smith and others. The standout numbers from the 2001 film, together with “Diamonds Are a Lady’s Finest Pal” and “Minnie the Moocher,” are there as effectively.
McLane’s units spill off the stage to engulf the complete theater, which has been painted a deep, luxuriant purple. The viewers gasped in delight at Catherine Zuber’s costumes, yet one more extravagant than the following.
Zuber’s final stint on the Colonial was not a contented one. She was fired from “Seussical the Musical” there in 2000, the primary of many heads that rolled in Whoville on that $10 million flop.
Her return to the Colonial with “Moulin Rouge!” is, by all accounts, a triumph.
Critics, together with some heavy hitters from New York, are seeing the present this weekend, so search for their opinions on Monday.
The solely carping I picked up is that the present’s high-voltage power turns into a bit mind-numbing by the second act.
“There is no let-up,” a supply says. “It’s spectacular and it’s beautiful, but it surely’s a bit relentless. They’ve to search out some moments for it to breathe. However there’s no query it has the makings of a giant, huge hit.”
International Creatures, an Australian firm that made tens of millions producing dinosaur exhibits, is backing the present. It’s additionally opening the $40 million “King Kong” on Broadway this fall.
The firm has but to announce “Moulin Rouge!” for Broadway, however sources say it can arrive right here in the summertime of 2019, probably on the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, now house to “Kinky Boots.”
However if you happen to occur to catch “Moulin Rouge!” in Boston, the place it runs solely till Aug. 19, ensure that to slide into the women lounge and get a take a look at the marble desk.
The chips in it had been made by Bob Fosse when he was tapping out numbers on high of it throughout the 1978 out-of-town tryout for “Dancin’.”
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