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Moulin Rouge! The Musical Workshop Will Star Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo

Alex Timbers directs the upcoming stage musical inspired by the acclaimed film.

Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit will star in a lab of Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit will star in a lab of Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
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Aaron Tveit and Tony winner Karen Olivo will star in the developmental lab production of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, spokespeople for the production have confirmed. Tveit will take on the role of Christian, with Olivo as Satine. No official announcement about casting for the full production of the musical will be made until the new year.

Moulin Rouge! tells the story of a young poet and writer, Christian, who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress 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.

Written by John Logan and directed by Alex Timbers, the musical will feature a score culled from the most beloved popular music of the last 50 years, with Justin Levine as music supervisor, orchestrator, and arranger and Matt Stine as music producer. Sonya Tayeh serves as choreographer.

The design team includes Derek McLane (set design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), and David Brian Brown (wig and hair design).