Moulin Rouge: the musical theater review


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There is no shadow of a doubt why “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” is the most recent recipient of 10 Tony-Awards, including Best Musical. The cabaret nature of nightclub shows fits very well with the jukebox musical style of a broadway-caliber exposition on “truth, beauty, freedom and love”.

The funnest cabaret show to come to the Pantages Theater and LA, as a whole. The palpable exuberance was translucent between the audience and the performers. A surrounding ambiance of a safe and comforting space shared by all participants. So powerful in fact, that the musical number returning from intermission alone commands a well-deserved standing ovation. The meticulous scenography matches, blends and enhances with the ornate architectural staging of the Pantages Theater as host. A time machine for the ages in sight and sound.

Marvel at the majesty of this one-of-a-kind tour de force of songs and dances like no other. “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” brings Vegas back and shows how it’s really done. Packed and intertwined with pop music from Sia, Lorde, Beyonce, Britney Spears and many more. The show allows the freedom to evolve in time to still be relevant to contemporary audiences.

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The love story beats remain intact, but manage to work around some setbacks and far surpass the original 2001 film. This live-action spectacle is far superior and a vast improvement over its predecessor. Christian steps in by telling and reserving his own love story, which yields to the meta vision of the show in the spectacle the characters set up for the Moulin Rouge to be taken over by the Duke.

This, in turn, keeps the love triangle between Christian, the Duke, and Satine simple and easier to follow for audiences while still leaving room for plenty of musical spectacle. You can try to stop yourself from raising your arms while dancing from your seat, but that would be next to impossible.

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The electrifying, sizzling production is credited to the amazing cast and crew. Leading the way is the main cast of characters. Courtney Reed (Disney’s Aladdin, Mamma Mia!) as Satine. Conor Ryan (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert) as a Christian.

Austin Durant (Broadway’s Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Much Ado About Nothing) as Harold Zidler. André Ward (Rock of Ages, Escape to Margaritaville) as Toulouse-Lautrec. David Harris (Wicked, The Full Monty) as the Duke of Monroth.

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The cast of the Moulin Rouge North American Tour The Musical Photo by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade

“Cancan” your way to the exhilarating must-see show in Los Angeles. Performing at the Pantages Theater until September 4, 2022.

Individual tickets: Individual tickets start at $39
Ticket prices may change without notice.

Parental control: Children from 12 years old.
All customers must have a ticket, regardless of age.

Duration: 2h45 with intermission

Tickets: On line: Where
Call: 1-800-982-2787
In person: Hollywood Pantages Theater box office
Visit the website for current box office hours.

Because living “Moulin Rouge!” The Musical” once won’t be enough, the show will also be coming to Orange County at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, November 9-27, 2022.

60 Downtown Parkway | Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Performance schedule: Tuesday to Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Schedule Thursday, November 10 – 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Individual tickets: Individual tickets start at $31
Ticket prices may change without notice.

Tickets: Online: www.SCFTA.Org
Call: 1-714-556-2787

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