Moulin Rouge! The Musical will resume performances on Friday 24 September 2021 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway.
The producers announced that there will also be a special dress rehearsal on 23 September to honour New York’s Frontline Workers.
Many of the principal company members are set to return including a number of Tony-nominated performers. The cast includes Aaron Tveit as Christian, Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler, Sahr Ngaujah as Toulouse-Lautrec, and Robyn Hurder as Nini.
However, Karen Olivo, who played Satine in the original company, announced on 14 April that she had left the cast, condemning the industry’s silence over the allegations made against producer Scott Rudin. In her five-minute video announcement on Instagram, she expressed the need for others to speak up, saying “everybody is scared, and nobody is really doing a lot of the stuff that needs to be done.”
A replacement for Olivo’s role has yet to be announced. However, Ashley Loren will return as the Satine alternate. Additional casting will be confirmed at a later date.
According to producers Carmen Pavlovic and Bill Damaschke in a joint statement, the re-launch of this musical will be emblematic of the ubiquitous yearning for the return of Broadway. The pair stated that “Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a story about artists fighting to keep their theatre open on their own terms. This has served as our rallying cry as we’ve navigated the complexities of the Broadway shutdown and planning for our re-imagined future.”
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday 19 May.
Words by Katie Heyes.
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