Moulin Rouge! review – ridiculously entertaining Broadway hit opens with opulence in Australia
Few musicals can claim to represent an epoch – Hair is as indelible an image of free-love hippiedom as those photos of flower children in Haight–Ashbury, while The Phantom of the Opera speaks to the hyper-commercialism of the 80s as powerfully as Gordon Gekko – and certainly the producers of Tony-sweeping Moulin Rouge! would prefer not to have their show forever associated with a global pandemic. And yet, after the Broadway cast was ravaged by Covid and Australia’s own production in Melbourne opened months late due to lockdowns, the sheer tenacity of theatre makers has rarely been as keenly felt.
That the musical is about a woman dying of a transmissible disease but doggedly determined that “the show must go on” now seems central in a way Baz Luhrmann couldn’t …
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