Forget New York! Segerstrom is the place to be this year to catch a Broadway show. Their lineup is utterly impressive, or as they say, “Spectacular Spectacular!”
Cue the red curtain… a vibrant cabaret club in distress, a beautiful courtesan, a case of mistaken identity, a touch of deception, Bohemian ideals of truth, beauty, freedom, and above all – love. You have a musical masterpiece where love prevails.
Stemming from a book written by John Logan, Baz Luhrmann created the 2001 film “Moulin Rouge!,” a cinematic masterpiece of its own. But why stop there? Luhrmann knew that in order for his movie to turn into a hit Broadway show, he would need a new set of eyes that could provide a fresh interpretation and that’s just what director Alex Timbers delivered. Moulin Rouge!
The musical is a daring recreation that brings love and tragedy to life on Broadway. Add in choreography by Sonya Tayeh, music supervision by Justin Levine, and hit musical numbers like “Firework” (Katy Perry), “Your Song” (Elton John), “Roxanne” (The Police), and “Come What May” (David Baerwald and Kevin Gilbert), and you have a 10-time Tony Award-winning musical that you don’t want to miss.
Set in the Montmarte Quarter of Paris, France in 1899, when Paris was the place to be, “Moulin Rouge!” tells the story of Christian (Conor Ryan), a composer, who falls in love with Satine (Courtney Reed), the headliner of a cabaret club that is going bankrupt. Club owner Zidler (Austin Durant) needs Satine to seduce money from evil antagonist The Duke of Monroth (Declan Bennett) any way she can to keep Moulin Rouge open. Cut to the case of the mistaken identity and we find that Satine seduces Christian instead.
Spoiler ahead, so read at your own risk!
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” a show within the show, is born and ultimately funded by The Duke. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is ironically a metaphor of the storyline of “Moulin Rouge!” When The Duke threatens to have Christian murdered, Satine pretends to not love Christian and sends him away. Devastated, Christian plans to commit suicide onstage during opening night until Satine sings their secret love song, thereby confessing her undying love and all is right in the world for one brief moment.
The show runs two-and-a-half hours and tickets start at $31. Caution: The performance includes flashing lights, fog, and prop firearms.
Experience the wonderful performance and iconic musical in your own backyard!