Bear in mind the film “Moulin Rouge?” Nicely, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” shouldn’t be in comparison with the movie. Sure, the gifted Baz Luhrmann wrote and directed the movie, and collaborated with Craig Pearce for the musical, however to witness the present in particular person is a real spectacle. What’s on stage in D.C. is a colourful, glitzy, over-the-top musical that’s time properly spent for these attending the present.
Because the viewers enters the theater, you discover there are performers on stage. “Am I late?” you ask your self. No, it’s the present earlier than the present. Actors are slowly transferring into numerous positions on the stage. Two actresses are even sword-swallowing. What a strategy to arouse curiosity.
Winner of 10 Tony Awards, “Moulin Rouge!” takes place in Paris throughout days passed by, at a membership for which this manufacturing is known as. The set for the opening and for a lot of scenes within the musical is superbly vivid and pink, in rows of hearts representing endless love. It is smart as a result of this leisure venue the place the storyline performs out is about love that takes many twists and turns. Credit score Derek McLane, scenic designer, for reworking the stage from a membership setting to an attractive boudoir to road scenes.
The Story Unfolds
The actors are excellent, and their singing voices are very good in bringing this story to life. Audiences study that the Moulin Rouge membership is shedding cash. The proprietor Harold Zidler, performed by Austin Durant, should discover a rich investor to maintain issues going. The highest star of the Moulin Rouge membership is Satine, a gifted singer-dancer portrayed by Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, who’s put able of luring cash. The cash occurs to be accessible from the Duke of Monroth, performed by Andrew Brewer.
Then there are two hustler-type characters Toulouse- Lautrec, performed by Nick Rashad Burroughs and Santiago, performed by Gabe Martínez. The 2 are producers on the lookout for a break to create an entertaining present. They arrive throughout Christian, an American in Paris portrayed by John Cardoza, who occurs to be a songwriter. The naive Christian learns quick to play alongside, however deception amongst all the most important characters creates heartbreak.
Sing Alongside to Acquainted Pop Tunes
It sounds unhappy, however the music saved the viewers engaged with what I name the very best mixtape of pop hits, mixed with stage hits, and American requirements. The compulsory “Girl Marmalade” is there, however there may be a lot extra music from the likes of Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Byrne, Adele, Girl Gaga, Phil Collins, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, and so many others. There are lots of cases in “Moulin Rouge!” the place the lyrics of well-known pop hits substitute for dialog. Viewers members have been transferring to the tunes.
“Moulin Rouge!” is recommended for audiences 12 years and older as seductive overtones are all through the musical. “Moulin Rouge!” is on the Kennedy Heart till Sept. 24. For ticket info, go to the Kennedy Heart web site www.kennedy-center.org.Get a really feel for the joy of the North American Touring Firm of “Moulin Rouge!” from this trailer: youtu.be/Zlhq9mplUcM.