This Spectacular Spectacular news is long overdue! "Moulin Rouge!" arrived on screen in 2001, looking and sounding like a film adaptation of a hit Broadway musical. But no, it was Baz Luhrmann's cinematic vision, as brought to life by Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor as star-crossed lovers.
Now the eight-time Oscar nominee is finally being developed into a stage musical. The news was announced Thursday by Global Creatures, although fans have to wait for details on the timeline, opening, and how they can-can-can get tickets.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alex Timbers will direct the production, featuring a book by screenwriter and playwright John Logan. Baz Luhrmann, who directed, produced, and co-wrote the original film, offered a statement on the new stage show:
"I first encountered Alex Timbers through the remarkable and inventive production of 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' and the brilliance of 'Here Lies Love.' I immediately recognized the young director's creative spirit and felt we shared similar sensibilities and instincts. So I'm tremendously happy to celebrate that 'Moulin Rouge!' will be under his direction and that the book will be the creation of the gifted Tony Award-winning playwright John Logan whose writing I also admire deeply. It's immensely gratifying to know that a new wave of artists will be leading 'Moulin Rouge!' into its rightful theatrical realm."
It only took, what, 15 years and counting? Come what may, we know it will be amazing!
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