The Best of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film has come to life remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza, now playing at the Regent Theatre which has been transformed into the famed French nightclub.

Alinta Chidzey stars as the sparkling diamond, Satine with Des Flanagan as bohemian dreamer Christian, Simon Burke AO plays legendary club impresario Harold Zidler and Andrew Cook plays The Duke. Montmartre’s resident artistes include Tim Omaji as Toulouse-Lautrec and Ryan Gonzalez as Santiago. This line-up packs a real punch with some incredible performances across the board, beautiful singing and brilliant comic timing.

As you would expect from anything from the world of Baz Luhrmann, the show is a feast for the eyes with a stunning array of vibrant colours and an all-round gorgeous design. The set is opulent and creative. There is an incredible depth in every scene with layers upon layers of flats to recreate the streets of Paris and the interior of the theatre. This is all framed by the beautifully designed proscenium that consists of the iconic windmill that turns throughout the show and the towering blue elephant. The costumes are lavish and full of colour. The lighting design is truly spectacular and really brings each number to life. The ensemble are very strong, expertly executing the amazing choreography and can-canning in perfect unison just like the real-life dancers of the Moulin Rouge.

Bringing Moulin Rouge! The Musical to the stage was a decade-long journey spanning 3 continents, encompassing 75 songs credited to 165 songwriters, administered by 31 publishers, representing over 160 years of music. Jukebox musicals can often be considered to lack substance; however, this show has some real heart. You can expect to laugh a lot, sing-a-long to hit after hit and even cry over the course of the show. This show would make a great romantic date night or a fun night out with the friends.

Tickets are currently on sale through to 7 April 2022 through: Ticketmaster

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Written by: Michael Kent

Images: Michelle Hunder