Baz Luhrmann's 2001 Oscar-nominated film Moulin Rouge is being adapted as a stage musical with a book by Tony Award victor John Logan and direction by Tony nominee Alex Timbers. A timeline and opening venue will be announced at a later date.
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Released by Twentieth Century Fox, Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. You'd think this would've happened a long time ago (maybe it did and I'm forgetting; you'll never believe it, but I'm not what you'd call "well-versed" in musical theater). His other Broadway credits include the libretto for Sting's 2014 musical The Last Ship, and the script for Bette Midler's 2013 solo show, I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers. It won two Oscars out of its eight nominations, including best picture.
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In the film version, Ewan McGregor plays a young writer who falls in love with Nicole Kidman's character, a stage performer at the Moulin Rouge.
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Luhrmann couldn't be happier, praising the director for his "creative spirit" and calling the writer "gifted" in an official statement. The film featured a score of hit songs that were specifically rearranged for the story, including "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend", Sting's "Roxanne", Queen's "The Show Must Go On", Madonna's "Like a Virgin", Elton John's "Your Song" and the now iconic "Elephant Love Medley" and "Come What May". But Global Creatures is familiar with the director's oeuvre, having previously transformed his film "Strictly Ballroom" into a stage production. (2001), Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Strictly Ballroom (1992), which has its United Kingdom stage premiere later this year. He is directing the upcoming comedy, Oh Hello on Broadway. Moulin Rouge!, however, is taking the opposite route.