This coming September to November, the award-winning world-renowned Moulin Rouge! The Musical is coming to the Orpheum Theatre San Francisco! The exciting show, known for earning numerous awards and worldwide critical acclaim, will conquer the Orpheum Theatre for a full two months! The musical features a timeless story filled with glitz and glamor, forbidden love, aristocrats, and more! This much-anticipated musical, adapted from a famous film, will open on September 8 and continue until November 6! The production is led by an esteemed director, plus a stellar cast! Tickets are bound to move fast, so you better hurry and grab yours now before it’s too late!
The Moulin Rouge! is an award-winning film written by Baz Luhrmann and Craige Pearce and directed by Luhrmann. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001. Shortly after becoming a hit at the film festival, Moulin Rouge! hit the general theaters a few weeks later. Moulin Rouge! became a colossal commercial success grossing over $170 million. In 2018, the film was adapted into a jukebox musical, Moulin Rouge! The Musical. The musical first premiered on Broadway in June 2018. As expected, Moulin Rouge! The Musical became a stellar success, much like the film.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical was spearheaded by a Tony-Award-winning creative team. The show’s story was based on the book written by author John Logan. Meanwhile, the musical was directed by Alex Timbers, known for his exemplary work with Beetlejuice, American Utopia, and Oh Hello! On Broadway, and many more. Lastly, the team was also joined by award-winning choreographer Sonya Tayeh, whose credits include So You Think You Can Dance and distinguished music supervisor Justin Levine.
With an incredible creative team and cast, the musical received numerous awards two years after opening on Broadway. Moulin Rouge! The Musical received 14 nominations and won a total of ten awards at the 74th Tony Awards, including Best New Musical, Best Musical, Best Music Director, and Best Sound Design. The original leading cast composed of Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivio also received accolades, including a nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical and an award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.
Apart from the Tony Awards, Moulin Rouge! The Musical also won five Drama Desk Awards, two Drama League Awards, and 11 Outer Critics Circle Awards. To sum it all up, the musical clearly won big in the year 2020. In 2019, the producers for Moulin Rouge! The Musical announced that the show would go on a North American tour. The initial run was a ten-week production in Chicago, followed by a series of shows in New Orleans. This 2022, the musical opened in Los Angeles during the summer, followed by a two-month-long run in San Francisco and a two-week run in Costa Mesa, California. Apart from the United States, Moulin Rouge! The Musical will also travel internationally to Seoul, South Korea, London, England, Australia, and Cologne, Germany.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical’s period happens during the Belle Epoque, meaning “Beautiful Epoch.” It was a period during the third French Revolution, where cultural and artistic climates flourished and economic, peace, and scientific innovations thrived. The musical takes place in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France. The Moulin Rouge, a top cabaret club in Paris “where all your dreams come true,” becomes the setting of a fiery backstage romance. Christian, a young poet and composer, visited the club hoping to have his songs produced and performed at the Moulin Rouge. Upon his arrival, he sees and falls in love with Satine, a breathtakingly gorgeous cabaret actress. Satine is the star of Moulin Rouge, and she must attract wealthy and aristocratic customers. When Christian meets the woman of his dreams, Satine, he is determined to win her heart.
Meanwhile, the cabaret singer is on a mission to seduce the Duke of Monroth, whom she had never met before. The Duke was the key to saving Moulin Rouge from financial ruin. Satine mistakes Christian for the Duke and invites him backstage to the Elephant Room. Soon, Christina’s true identity is discovered when the real Duke of Monroth arrives and finds them together at the Elephant Room.
The musical, which features an original and popular song repertoire, is divided into two acts.
The first act features well-known songs, including the famous “Welcome to the Moulin Rouge,” “Firework” by Katy Perry, “Your Song” by Elton John,” and more. The second act’s storyline is a bit more intense as Christian and Satine fight to keep their relationship. However, Satine, who is experiencing severe health problems, has to choose between keeping the real Duke happy or her love for Christian. The second act’s score comprises popular hits, such as “Chandelier” by Sia and the original song, “Come What May.” Will Christian and Satine’s love survive this challenging ordeal? Will Moulin Rouge be saved from closing down?
Moulin Rouge! The Musical received worldwide acclaim. The spectacular romance garnered positive responses from the most accomplished Broadway show critics. Initial reviews were all praises from New York’s most popular critics. David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the show was “an eye-popping spectacle” and had “off-the-charts energy.” He also added that the energy exuded by the musical was unprecedented. The show proper hasn’t even started, and already, Timbers and Co. have taken Bazmatazz to a whole new level, bowing with flamboyant theatricality to the more-is-more aesthetic. Some will find it a bombastic onslaught, but plenty more will eat it up.”
“An eye-popping spectacle” and has “off-the-charts energy.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter.
“A fabulous musical. The high begins the instant you walk into the theater.” – Johnny Oleksinski, The New York Post.
Meanwhile, the New York Post’s Johnny Oleksinski mentioned Moulin Rouge! “is a fabulous musical. The high begins the instant you walk into the theater.” Adam Felman from Time Out New York was all praises in his review: “The jukebox music to end all jukebox musicals. It’s hard to imagine how it can be topped.” Lastly, Ben Brantley from the New York Times was nothing but pleased with his experience with the award-winning musical, “Euphoric, gasp-inspiring. Forbidden pleasures abound in this spectacular musical. In Moulin Rouge, life is beautiful.”
The Guardian’s writer kate Wyver, who saw the London production of the musical, mentioned that “There is a lot to love: with a wonderfully wild energy throughout, it’s happily queerer than the film, and the well-known songs really are spectacular.” Meanwhile, a reviewer from Entertainment Weekly who saw the 2022 Los Angeles summer production called the show “A campy and decadent visual feast,” thanks to the musical’s lavish set design.
“The jukebox music to end all jukebox musicals. It’s hard to imagine how it can be topped.” – Adam Felman, Time Out New York.
“Euphoric, gasp-inspiring. Forbidden pleasures abound in this spectacular musical. In Moulin Rouge, life is beautiful.” – Ben Brantley, New York Times.
This 2022, the Broadway-loving folks of San Francisco will get the chance to experience this revolutionary musical in the heart of the city. The show will take over the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco from September 8 to November 6. The touring cast comprises esteemed theater actors who have performed in numerous world-renowned shows. These actors include Ashley Loren as Satine, Derek Klena as Christian, Eric Anderson as Harold Zidler, and Sahr Ngaujah as Toulouse-Lautrec. The Moulin Rouge! The Musical at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco consists of 71 shows with a frequency of two showings per day. The musical, recommended for ages 12 and above, will run for two hours and 35 minutes, with an intermission between acts.
If you love Broadway musicals, such as the Moulin Rouge! The Musical, this is your opportunity to witness the glamor-filled love story featuring an outstanding musical score and an incredible cast. This much-awaited spectacle takes place at the state-of-the-art venue, The Orpheum Theatre. The theater, formerly called the Pantages Theatre, opened in 1926. Its architecture boasts a 12-century French cathedral facade. The venue, equipped with 2,220 push seating and a top-of-the-line audio system, was designated as a San Francisco landmark in 1977 by the San Francisco Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board. In 2016, the venue underwent an external restoration and remained a delicate sight along Market Street. The Orpheum Theatre San Francisco has been home to traveling Broadway shows, including a two-year production of Wicked, Bring It On: The Musical, Mamma Mia! Evita, and The Act. Apart from musicals, the venue has also hosted shows by top contemporary performers and the late-night talk show Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
The Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a stellar show that has it all, multiple awards, high praise from fans and critics, box office success, and local and international franchises. This musical is undoubtedly a must-see for Broadway musical enthusiasts and anybody who simply loves seeing a spectacular stage show. Sure, the film was already an outstanding experience. However, Moulin Rouge! The Musical has several surprises and plot twists that cannot be found in the film. Moreover, the musical has the ability to take that experience to new heights. Lastly, the show is guaranteed to deliver a visual journey and a fantastic soundscape that will forever be embedded into the viewer’s memory.
Will Christian and Satine find the happy ending they deserve? Will Satine overcome her health problems and save Moulin Rouge? Find out for yourself by scoring tickets to Moulin Rouge! The Musical at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco! Access to the show is now available, so hurry and grab yours now!