REVIEW: MOULIN ROUGE THE MUSICAL (Al Hirschfield Theatre) ★★★★

Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular…

Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. A theatrical celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and — above all — love, Moulin Rouge! is more than a musical; it is a state of mind.

Moulin Rouge the Musical is a feast for the eyes and ears. The set design is possibly the greatest I have ever seen and really raises the bar for what can be done on stage. The music has something for everyone, mixing together everything from Pink to Adele and even Nirvana in clever mash-ups.

Karen Olivo steals the show as Satine with a voice that will leave your jaw on the floor and Aaron Tveit (as Christian) lights up the stage with charm, charisma and a wonderful voice as well. The ensemble cast of over thirty all deserve a mention and work hard to put on the performance of their lives.

Set to open in London’s West End in March 2021, Moulin Rouge is certain to be a sure fire hit that will create a huge buzz across London. It’s a little long (two hours and forty five minutes) and the story is a little thin on the ground but it is worth seeing just for the incredible visuals.

It’s just a shame the real Moulin Rouge isn’t as much fun as this!

Reviewed by West End Wilma
Photo: John Mark Yap

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