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Aaron Tveit, Karen Olivo, Danny Burstein to Lead Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Alex Timbers will direct the production in Boston.

Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit will star in Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
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Aaron Tveit, Karen Olivo, and Danny Burstein will head the principal cast of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, producers have announced. Performances begin at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre on June 27, with a run continuing through August 5.

Olivo will play Satine, with Tveit as Christian and Burstein as Harold Zidler. The company also includes Sahr Ngaujah (Toulouse-Lautrec), Tam Mutu (The Duke of Monroth), Ricky Rojas (Santiago), and Robyn Hurder (Nini). The ensemble is still to be announced.

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.

The creative team includes 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).

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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