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Construction Issue Potentially Delays Moulin Rouge! Performances

The new musical is set to run this summer at the Emerson Colonial Theatre.

Karen Olivo will star in Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
(© Tristan Fuge)

Performances of the upcoming Boston engagement of Moulin Rouge! The Musical might be delayed owing to a recent construction issue at the Emerson Colonial Theatre.

"During technical rehearsals for the world premiere engagement of Moulin Rouge! The Musical at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre, a construction-related issue occurred in a support of the steel grid above the stage overnight Friday, June 8, 2018 into Saturday, June 9," Ambassador Theatre Group said in a statement. "The issue was contained Saturday morning and a resolution is underway. No one was in the theatre when this incident occurred. Additionally, no damage was done to the set of Moulin Rouge! Safety is the top priority, and crews have been working around the clock in order to restore the support and ensure its integrity moving forward. The venue is currently working with the producers of Moulin Rouge! in reviewing the show's performance schedule."

Performances are scheduled to begin on June 27, with the extended run concluding on August 19. Based on the 2001 Twentieth Century Fox motion picture by Baz Luhrmann, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is directed by Alex Timbers and written by John Logan. The score will bring some of the most beloved popular music of the last 50 years to the stage, with Justin Levine as music supervisor, orchestrator, and arranger and Matt Stine as music producer.

Heading the company are Aaron Tveit as Christian, Karen Olivo as Satine, Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler, Sahr Ngaujah (Toulouse-Lautrec), Tam Mutu (The Duke of Monroth), Ricky Rojas (Santiago), and Robyn Hurder (Nini).

The ensemble and swings include Jacqueline Arnold, Olutayo Bosede, Kyle Brown, Sam Cahn, Joe Carroll, Max Clayton, Natalie Cortez, Jennifer Florentino, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Bahiyah Hibah, Ericka Hunter, Holly James, Brandon Leffler, Reed Luplau, Jeigh Madjus, Daniel Maldonado, Morgan Marcell, Brandt Martinez, Jodi McFadden, Kevyn Morrow, Fred Odgaard, Dylan Paul, Khori Petinaud, and Benjamin Rivera.

The creative team is made up of Sonya Tayeh (choreographer), Derek McLane (set design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), and David Brian Brown (wig and hair design). Matt Stine (Sweeney Todd) is music producer and Cian McCarthy is music director.

Moulin Rouge! tells the story of a young poet and writer, Christian, who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actor and courtesan Satine, using the musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris. Released by Twentieth Century Fox, Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. At the 74th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and it won two.

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