Tony-winning Best Musical Moulin Rouge! The Musical embarks on its North American tour March 19 as it begins performances at Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre. Courtney Reed and Conor Ryan lead the new production as Satine and Christian, respectively.
Joining Reed and Ryan are Austin Durant as Harold Zidler, André Ward as Toulouse-Lautrec, David Harris as The Duke of Monroth, Gabe Martínez as Santiago, and Libby Lloyd as Nini. Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer is the Satine Alternate.
The production is set to travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota; Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; and San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; Las Vegas, Nevada; Fayetteville, Arkansa; and Durham, North Carolina.
Directed by Alex Timbers with a book by John Logan and choreography by Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge! first opened on Broadway in 2019 following a Boston try-out. Based on the Baz Luhrmann-directed movie of the same name, the score features covers of "Fireworks" by Katy Perry, "Your Song" by Elton John, and "Chandelier" by Sia, among many others. The story takes place at Paris's famed Moulin Rouge and follows the tragic love story between performer Satine and composer Christian.
Rounding out the cast is Nicci Claspell, Harper Miles, Andres Quintero, Adrienne Balducci, Andrew Brewer, Jack Cahill-Lemme, Sam J. Cahn, Darius Crenshaw, Alexander Cruz, Alexis Hasbrouck, Tyler John Logan, Tanisha Moore, Brayden Newby, Kent Overshown, Adéa Michelle Sessoms, Jenn Strafford, Shared Williams, Jennifer Wolfe, and Ricardo A. Zayas as ensemble members.
Alexa De Barr, Tamrin Goldberg, Jordan Fife Hunt, Justin Keats, and Travis Ward-Osborne serve as swings. Amy Quanbeck joins as dance captain and swing, and Denzel Tsopnang as principal standby.
The production's music team includes Justin Levine and Ted Arthur as musical supervisors, Matt Stone as music producer, and Andrew Graham as music director. Orchestrations are by Levine, Stone, Katie Kresek, and Charlie Rosen, with dance arrangements by Levine and Stein and Michael Aarons as music coordinator.
Also in the creative team are Derek McLane as scenic designer, Catherine Zuber as costume designer, Justin Townsend as lighting designer, Peter Hylenski as sound designer, David Brian Brown as hair designer, Sarah Cimino as makeup designer, and creative services by Luhrmann and Catherine Martin. Casting is led by Jim Carnahan and Stephen Kopel, with Jeff Norman as stage manager.
The creative team swept the 2020 Tony Awards, winning for Best Direction (Timbers), Choreography (Tayeh), Orchestrations (Levine, Stine, Kresek, and Rosen), Scenic Design (McLane), Costumes (Catherine Zuber), Lighting (Townsend), and Sound (Hylenski).
The tour is produced by Carmen Pavlovic, Gerry Ryan, and Bill Damaschke.
Following the Broadway premiere, Moulin Rouge! has gone on to open productions in London's West End and Melbourne, Australia. Additional engagements are being planned for Germany and Japan.
For more information, visit MoulinRougeMusical.com.