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In 2002-2003, there was speculation about the possibility of a stage musical based on Moulin Rouge!, possibly in Las Vegas, but there had been no public talks in the years since. Some sources claimed in 2006 that the director, Baz Luhrmann, had approached the leads of the film, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, to star in the potential stage version.
In 2016, it was announced that a stage musical was being developed by Global Creatures, with direction by Alex Timbers.
Moulin Rouge! is set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France, during the Belle Epoque at the turn of the 20th century. It is a fictional story about Christian, a young composer, who ends up falling in love with cabaret actress Satine, who is the star of the Moulin Rouge. Similar to the movie, the musical's score will weave together original songs with popular music "including songs that have been written in the 17 years since the film's premiere".
Moulin Rouge! was scheduled to begin preview performances on June 27, 2018, at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston. The production was scheduled to officially open on July 22, 2018, and would complete its limited run on August 5, 2018. On June 6, it was announced that the Boston production would be extended by 16 additional performances, running through August 19. Construction delays in renovating the Emerson Colonial Theatre resulted in the premiere date being pushed back to July 10. The production has choreography by Sonya Tayeh, sets by Derek McLane, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Peter Hylenski.
On November 19, 2018, it was announced that Moulin Rouge! would open on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Previews on Broadway began on June 28, 2019 with an opening night set for July 25.
On 28 July 2019 producer, Carmen Pavlovic of Global Creatures, announced that the international premier of the musical would take place in her home country, Australia. The show will open in Melbourne's Regent Theatre in 2021. Further details are yet to be released.