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Moulin Rouge! The Musical: The Story of the Broadway Spectacular

A glittering backstage pass to Moulin Rouge! The Musical and its journey to Broadway, with contributions from cast and crew, interviews with Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, and a chronicle of its triumphant 2021 return.

An iconic Parisian club, a cinema masterpiece, and now a Broadway musical—the Moulin Rouge has been a tantalizing pop-culture phenomenon for over a century. The 2019 Broadway debut of Moulin Rouge! The Musical astounded theater critics.
Via a lush photo essay and oral history, the process of crafting Moulin Rouge! The Musical springs to life from early sketches, historical research, technical diagrams, and rehearsal photos. Theater writer David Cote gathers the cast and crew’s firsthand accounts of the excitement and challenges of creating a show that referenced as much as it reinvented the Broadway musical.
For lovers of musicals, fans of the movie, or anyone fascinated by the glamorous Belle Époque, this exquisitely realized book will seduce all—bohemian and aristocrat alike.

About The Author

David Cote is a NYC-based theater critic, playwright, and opera librettist who has written for numerous publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Observer, and Time Out New York. He previously authored popular companion books about the hit Broadway musicals Wicked, Jersey Boys, and Spring Awakening. Baz Luhrmann is an Australian filmmaker, writer, and producer known for his lavish productions and best known for Elvis, Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, and The Great GatsbyCatherine Martin is an Academy Award-winning Australian costume, set, and production designer and film producer. Tony Award®-winning director Alex Timbers is the co-creator of Mozart in the Jungle and director of shows including Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Beetlejuice The Musical, and Oh, Hello on Broadway, among many others. Tony Award®-winning writer John Logan is an American playwright, screenwriter, and film and television producer. His film credits include Gladiator, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd, Hugo, and Skyfall, as well as theater credits for Red and Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Sonya Tayeh is the Tony Award®-winning choreographer for Moulin Rouge! The MusicalJustin Levine is the Tony Award®-winning music supervisor, co-orchestrator, additional lyricist, and arranger for Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Carmen Pavlovic and Gerry Ryan are the co-owners of Global Creatures, an innovative, Australian-based live entertainment company established in 2008. Bill Damaschke is an American theater and film producer. Together they are the Tony Award®-winning producers of Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

  • Publish Date: October 11, 2022
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Performing Arts - Theater - Broadway & Musicals
  • Publisher: Universe
  • Trim Size: 13-1/4 x 11-1/4
  • Pages: 184
  • US Price: $55.00
  • CDN Price: $75.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-7893-3902-7


"Moulin Rouge! is about more, more, MORE, and this lavish coffee-table book pays homage in kind. It’s big. It’s beautiful. And it shares the journey of Baz Luhrmann’s film from screen to stage with all the style and pizzazz you’d expect." —BROADWAY DIRECT

"The Tony-winning musical gets the book treatment via photo essay and oral history, offering a behind-the-scenes the process of crafting the show." —THEATRELY.COM