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Moulin Rouge! The Musical will star Karen Olivo (Tony Award® for West Side Story, In the Heights), Aaron Tveit (Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal), Danny Burstein (six-time Tony Award®-nominee, Fiddler On the Roof, Cabaret), Sahr Ngaujah (Tony® and Olivier award-nominee for Fela), Tam Mutu (Doctor Zhivago, Encores!’s Hey, Look Me Over! and The New Yorkers), Ricky Rojas (Burn the Floor) and Robyn Hurder (Nice Work If You Can Get It).
 
Set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France at the turn of the century, a world of indulgent beauty and unparalleled extravagance, of bohemians and aristocrats, of boulevardiers and mademoiselles, Moulin Rouge! The Musical tells the fictional story of an ambitious, lovesick writer, Christian (Aaron Tveit), and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine (Karen Olivo). Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge with its many characters including the host of the Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler (Danny Burstein), the brilliant and starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec (Sahr Ngaujah), the greatest tango dancer - and gigolo - in all of Paris, Santiago (Ricky Rojas), the tempting Nini (Robyn Hurder), and The Duke of Monroth (Tam Mutu), the wealthy and entitled patron of the club who thinks he can buy anything he wants, including love.
 
Additional tickets for the run of Moulin Rouge! The Musical are now on sale. Tickets start at $55 and are available at EmersonColonialTheatre.com or by calling 888.616.0272.
 
Directed by Alex Timbers (Tony Award®-nominated for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher) with a book by John Logan (Tony Award® for Red), choreography by Sonya Tayeh (Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for Kung Fu, and Emmy winner), and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) Moulin Rouge! The Musical will play this limited engagement at the newly refurbished venue (106 Boylston Street) prior to Broadway (New York City details to be announced).
 
The design team for Moulin Rouge! The Musical includes Tony Award® winner Derek McLane (sets), Tony Award® winner Catherine Zuber (costumes), two-time Tony Award® nominee Justin Townsend (lighting), Tony Award® winner Peter Hylenski (sound) and Drama Desk Award winner David Brian Brown (wig and hair design).
 
As in the film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical celebrates some of the greatest popular music of the last 50 years. The stage musical features many of the iconic songs from the movie and also includes recent hits released since the movie premiered 15 years ago.
 
Additional casting by casting directors Jim Carnahan and Stephen Kopel will be announced soon.
 
Bill Damaschke is the executive producer. General management is by Foresight Theatrical.
 
Released by 20th Century Fox, “Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!” premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. At the 74th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two.
 
As previously announced, Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) – Stephen Lewin, CEO, North America; Kristin Caskey, Executive Vice President of Content and Creative, North America – the world’s number one live-theatre company, has entered into a long-term lease agreement with Emerson College to operate the landmark venue.

Karen Olivo (Satine) is a television, film, and stage actor who is most recognized for her Tony Award®-winning performance as Anita in the acclaimed 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story, a role for which she also earned Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations. Some of her Broadway theater credits include originating the role of Vanessa in the Tony Award®-winning musical, In the Heights (2008 Astaire Award), starring as Faith in the Broadway production of Brooklyn The Musical, and in Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer- and Tony Award®-winning musical, Rent. She also played the role of Angelica Schuyler in the Chicago production of Hamilton. Additional theatre credits include Chess at the Kennedy Center, Murder Ballad at the Manhattan Theater Club, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage at 2nd Stage, and The Miracle Brothers directed by Tina Landau at the Vineyard Theatre. Olivo is also recognized for her many television appearances including recurring & guest-starring roles on “The Good Wife,” “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” “Chase,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Conviction,” and “Law & Order.” Karen Olivo is a native New Yorker who has recently made Madison her home. Olivo recently taught Musical Theater Styles at UW-Madison as well as working as a teaching artist and writer for Theatre LILA, she serves on the Advisory Committee for Forward Theater and also coaches students in her private Madison studio. Karen also released her first solo album, Leave, in 2017. www.KarenOlivo.com
 
Aaron Tveit (Christian) recently starred in the CBS comic-thriller, “Braindead,” where he played the male lead, Gareth, opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Prior to that, he starred in the Emmy-awarded television musical, “Grease: Live,” where he played Danny Zuko opposite Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens. Tveit recently starred in the feature films Out of Blue, Created Equal, Better Off Single and Undrafted. On Broadway he starred as Frank Abagnale, Jr. in Catch Me If You Can (Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Astaire Award nominations) and is featured on the cast recording. He also created the role of Gabe in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical Next To Normal, which he developed off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre and debuted on Broadway (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actors Equity Association Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Actor) and he is featured on the cast album. In addition to Wicked and Hairspray on Broadway, he starred in the national tours of Hairspray and Rent. Last summer, he portrayed the character of Bobby in Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the Barrington Stage Company. His solo album is entitled “The Radio In My Head: Live at 54 Below.” Tveit’s film credits include Les Miserables, in which he played Enjolras alongside Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe, Premium Rush, Howl and Ghost Town. Television audiences know him from “Graceland” and numerous guest starring roles on “The Good Fight,” “Gossip Girl,” “The Good Wife,” “Ugly Betty” and “Law and Order: SVU.”
 
Danny Burstein (Harold Zidler) is a six-time Tony Award® nominee whose 16 Broadway credits include: Fiddler on the Roof (2016 Tony® & Grammy Award nominations, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards), Cabaret (Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), The Snow GeeseGolden Boy (2013 Tony® and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Follies (2012 Tony®, Astaire & Grammy Award nominations; Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Women on the Verge of a Nervous BreakdownSouth Pacific (2008 Tony® and Drama Desk nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award), The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Tony® and Ovation Award nominations), Saint Joan, The Seagull, Three Men on a Horse, A Little Hotel on the Side, The Flowering PeachA Class ActTitanic and Company. Off-Broadway credits include: Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Delacorte, Describe the NightTalley’s Folly (Lucille Lortel & Drama League nominations), Mrs. Farnsworth, PsychAll in the Timing, Merrily We Roll AlongWeird Romance and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. He appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Frosch in the Jeremy Sams/Douglas Carter Beane production of Die Fledermaus. Film/TV includes: “Deception,” “Elementary,” Indignation (directed by James Schamus), The Family Fang (directed by Jason Bateman), Blackhat (directed by Michael Mann), Lolly Steinman on “Boardwalk Empire” (directed by Martin Scorsese), “Louie,” “The Good Wife,” “Absolutely Fabulous,” “Ed,” all the “Law & Order” series, “Hope & Faith,” Transamerica, Deception, Affluenza, American Milkshake, Nor’easter, Construction, Liv and Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon.

Sahr Ngaujah (Toulouse-Lautrec) created the role title role in Fela! which premiered Off-Broadway, earning Obie and Theater World Awards for his performance. Ngaujah subsequently reprised his work on Broadway, earning a Tony Award® nomination, and in London, where he received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination. He then led the company on a European/U.S. Tour and a special Nigerian engagement. Ngaujah won a Helen Hayes Award and Toronto Critics’ Award in addition to receiving Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations. The Fela! OBCR lead by Sahr also received a Grammy nomination. Sahr’s performance was recorded at the National Theater and broadcast internationally. Off-Broadway, Sahr was most recently seen in Lynn Nottage’s Mlima’s Tale (The Public Theater; dir. Jo Bonney). Signature Theater: Master Harold…and the Boys (dir. Athol Fugard), Signature Plays (dir. Lila Neugebauer) and The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek (dir. Athol Fugard). Television: “High Maintenance”, “The Accidental Wolf,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “The Last Resort,” “Taxi-22” and the upcoming season of the Marvel/Netflix series “Luke Cage.” Film: Patti Cake$, Money Monster, Freeheld, Blood Done Sign My Name, A Lesson Before Dying, The Jailhouse, The Signal, Stomp the Yard, Kensho at the Bedfellow. Music: Fela aKUsTIc, Chop and Quench, Directors Band.

Tam Mutu (The Duke). New York: Doctor Zhivago (Broadway), Hey, Look Me Over! and The New Yorkers (Encores!). UK: City of Angels (Donmar), Les Misérables (West End), Love Never Dies (West End), Orange Peel (Royal Court), Royal Hunt of the Sun and Love’s Labour’s Lost (NT), East (Leicester Haymarket), Romeo and Juliet and King Lear (RSC), As You Like It (Regent’s Park), Faustus (Headlong Theatre). Seattle: The Secret Garden (5th Avenue Theatre). Toronto: Chess. TV: “Medici,” “Sherlock,” “Blue Bloods” and “Waking the Dead.” Film: Mary Poppins Returns.
 
Ricky Rojas (Santiago/Argentinian). Broadway: lead male singer in Burn the Floor (Longacre Theatre, Broadway, NY, 2009). West End, U.K and International Tours: Pablo in Sister Act the musical (U.K. Tour, 2016-2017), lead vocalist Pasha: It’s all about you (U.K. Tour, 2016), Stoner in Tonight’s the Night: The Rod Stewart Musical (U.K. tour, 2014), actor/ Muso in BBC Strictly Confidential (U.K. tour, 2013), Kenickie in Grease (U.K. Tour, 2011-2012), Kool in Flashdance: The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre, London 2010-2011), lead vocalist in Burn the Floor (Shaftesbury Theatre London & New Zealand Tour, 2009-2010), Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance (Wilton’s Music Hall , London), Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Adelphi Theatre, London, 2007-2009), Sonny/understudy Kenickie and Danny in Grease (U.K. Tour, 2006-2007), Joe Vegas in Fame: The Musical (Aldwych Theatre, London, 2003-2005), Ritchie Valens in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (worldwide, including Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Singapore, Ireland, U.K. tour and Novello Theatre, London, 2000-2003). Workshops: The Monster Bride (Brendan Cull), Blockbuster (Paul Nicholas), Zorro: The Musical (AKA Productions), Rain Dogs The Musical (Andrew MacBean). Recordings: Love Never Dies concept album (Really Useful Group). Television:Good Morning America,” “Broadway on Broadway,” National Lottery, “Any Dream Will Do” (BBC).
 
Robyn Hurder (Nini): Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Jeannie Muldoon), Grease (Marty), Chicago (Mona, Roxie u/s), Wedding Singer (Holly u/s), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Violet). NYCC Encores!: The New Yorkers (Lola McGee), Paint Your Wagon (Cherry Jourdell). Off-Broadway: Play It Cool (Lena Starling). NYMF: The Broadway Dolls-Tour de Fierce. National Tours: A Chorus Line (Cassie), Spamalot, Starlight Express (Pearl). Regional: 5th Avenue Theatre: Kiss Me Kate (Lois Lane/Bianca), Drury Lane Theatre: Crazy For You (Polly Baker), Shakespeare Theatre Company: Kiss Me Kate (Lois Lane, 2016 Helen Hayes Award Recipient for Best Supporting Actress and 2016 Emery Battis Award for Excellence in Acting Recipient.) Ogunquit Playhouse: Victor/Victoria (Norma Cassidy), From Here To Eternity (Karen Holmes). Mason Street Warehouse: Chicago (Roxie). Favorite roles to date: wife to Clyde, mother to Hudson. 

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