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By Sarah Ward
May 16, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
May 16, 2021
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When it was announced back in 2016 that Moulin Rouge! was being turned into a stage musical, fans around the world thought the same thing in unison: the show must go on. Since then, the lavish production premiered in the US in 2018, then hit Broadway in 2019, and also announced that it'd head Down Under in 2021 — and if you're an Aussie worried about whether the latter would actually happen after 2020's chaos, the same mantra thankfully applies to its planned Melbourne season.

After the Australian production put out a casting call for auditions late in 2020 — and, in the process, revealed that it was working towards June rehearsals and August previews as part of its timeline — it has been confirmed that Moulin Rouge! The Musical will indeed hit Melbourne's stage in the second half of this year. So, from Friday, August 13, you'll be able to watch the spectacular show at Melbourne's revamped Regent Theatre.

Based on Baz Luhrmann's award-winning movie, the stage musical brings to life the famed Belle Époque tale of young composer Christian and his heady romance with Satine, actress and star of the legendary Moulin Rouge cabaret. Set in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, the film is known for its soundtrack, celebrating iconic tunes from across the past five decades. The stage version carries on the legacy, backing those favourites with even more hit songs that have been released in the two decades since the movie premiered. Indeed, when Moulin Rouge! The Musical makes its Aussie debut this year, it'll help mark the movie's 20th anniversary year.

The musical is heading to Melbourne in the hands of production company Global Creatures, along with the Victorian Government. The Government is also a big player behind the Regent's upgrade works, having dropped a cool $14.5 million towards the $19.4 million project. It co-owns the site, along with the City of Melbourne.

At present, Moulin Rouge! The Musical's season will run through until at least January 2022, with general public tickets on sale now.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical image: Matthew Murphy.

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