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Spectacular Spectacular

The Brunswick Mall venue will transform into a Parisian club for one night only, and welcome in Brisbane musicians to relive the Baz Luhrmann film's soundtrack.
By Sarah Ward
October 19, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
October 19, 2021
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Before 2021 is out, Australian will finally get to see the Tony Award-winning Moulin Rouge! The Musical, with the stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann's beloved 2001 film set to hit Melbourne once the city's lockdown ends. Also happening this year — and also spreading the movie-inspired love — is a big Brisbane gig called Spectacular Spectacular, which'll turn the Fortitude Music Hall into a Parisian club to celebrate Moulin Rouge!'s 20th anniversary.

It's news so exciting, the audience will stomp and cheer. That said, despite the song lyrics that you now have stuck in your head, Spectacular Spectacular will only play for one evening. Still, this event is going to make the most of its single night, serving up what's being dubbed a '20th anniversary live music show'. Think: a heap of Brisbane musos hopping on stage to play through Moulin Rouge!'s iconic soundtrack, all backed by a 15-piece band, accompanied by dancers and decked out in costumes.

Powderfinger's Darren Middleton, The Grates' Patience Hodgson and Superjesus' Sarah McLeod will all take to the stage, the latter pair sharing the songs of Satine — the character played by Nicole Kidman in the film. The show's lineup also includes Sahara Beck, Hope D and Tia Gostelow, as well as actor Eddie Baroo playing Harold Zidler.

And, Anji Greenwood VOIID, Zach Britt from Dream on Dreamer and Pauline Maudy from MZAZA are all on the bill, too, alongside opera aficionado Bradley Daley, theatrical art collective Boss Moxi and the award-winning Phluxus2 Dance Collective.

If you're now thinking "come what may" — or planning to break out your best can-can — you'll want to block out Friday, December 10 in your diary. Pre-sale tickets go on sale from 9am AEST on Wednesday, October 20, and general tickets from 9am Thursday, October 21, with VIP packages that include champagne upon arrival and table service afterwards also available.

And if you just can't wait for this celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and love — and a 2001 classic, obviously — you can check out the trailer for the film below:

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