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The Reviews for MOULIN ROUGE! are In…

Moulin Rouge

Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” Photo by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times.

Moulin Rouge! is open, and while not all the critics are sold on the jukebox-y, mashup-y, remix-y score, they’re all in love with the spectacular design and stellar performances. Inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s beautiful 2001 film, this new musical offers an immersive experience, taking over the Al Hirschfeld Theater and delivering audiences total escape from everyday life and entry into a fantastical world of love and forbidden pleasures (some say come early to get the full effect). But Moulin Rouge! isn’t just sheer spectacle – the critics say Karen Olivo as Satine shines as brilliantly as the diamonds she sings about, and Aaron Tveit and Danny Burstein, among others, are magnificent. Overall, this Moulin Rouge! should be a crowd-pleaser for lovers of the film, lovers of spectacular design, and just plain lovers of love.

NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL

This one’s for the hedonists. All you party people should know that the Al Hirschfeld Theater has been refurbished as an opulent pleasure palace, wherein decadence comes without hangovers. That’s where the euphoric “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” opened on Thursday night in a shower of fireworks, confetti and glitter…

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VARIETY REVIEW OF MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL

If they didn’t do “Lady Marmalade,” I was going to storm the stage. Happily, director Alex Timbers and writer John Logan were savvy enough to open their Broadway adaptation of “Moulin Rouge!” with that crowd-pleasing tune, written by Kenny Noland and Robert Crewe and immortalized by the great Patti LaBelle. But do…

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DEADLINE REVIEW OF MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL

Even the most wholly original works of art can, in the service of story or character or heart, summon the stray memory, the whispery chill of déjà vu. They’ll switch on the bittersweet recall of better times or drip-drop echoey little splashes of the worst. Most, though, remember to turn the damn spigot off…

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HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL

Moulin Rouge! was Baz Luhrmann at his most brashly baroque, a shameless pop-cultural magpie molding equal parts kitsch, cool and cliché into a rhapsodic dream. The giddy 2001 screen collision of soaring romance and dazzling artifice helped resuscitate the movie musical. Stage director Alex Timbers and the…

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AM NEW YORK REVIEW OF MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL

It was only a matter of time before “Moulin Rouge!” — Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive and overstuffed 2001 movie, which was famously built upon bits and pieces of 19th century operatic tragedy and 20th-century pop standards — came to Broadway. Despite an ornate and environmental visual design depicting a turn-of-the…

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1 Comment on The Reviews for MOULIN ROUGE! are In…

  1. So happy to see musical theater coming back in full force!

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