Because We Can-Can-Can: “Moulin Rouge” Musical In The Works

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Baz Luhrmann is riding high with his acclaimed Netflix drama The Get Down, and now it looks like his Oscar-winning 2001 movie Moulin Rouge is being turned into a new stage musical.

Production company Global Creatures announced the project this week, with John Logan (Skyfall, Penny Dreadful) writing the book and Tony nominee Alex Timbers (Rocky, Peter and the Starcatcher) tapped to direct.

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The film version of Moulin Rouge starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman earned $179 million worldwide and featured updated versions of well-known pop hits, including “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Like a Virgin” and LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade,” which was sung by Lil Kim, Mya, Pink, Missy Elliott and Christina Aguilera.

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It told the story of a young writer, Christian (McGregor), who tragically falls in love with singer-courtesan Satine (Kidman) in turn-of-the-century Paris.

Normally we bemoan movies being shoehorned into musicals, but this one is a no-brainer.

Luhrmann has given the new production his blessing, too. “it’s immensely gratifying to know that a new wave of artists will be leading Moulin Rouge into its rightful theatrical realm.”

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