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Moulin Rouge 

Posted on July 10, 2023 

On this day 5 years ago, the Colonial reopened its doors with the first EVER performance of Moulin Rouge.

Inspired by the popular film by Baz Luhrmann, the Boston pre-Broadway tryout took place during the summer of 2018.

In 2021, Moulin Rogue! went on to win 10 Tony Awards, including best musical, best choreography and best direction of a musical.

Photo 1: The spectacular Moulin Rouge! set, designed by Derek McLane
Photo 2: Director Alex Timbers (foreground center) with (from left) Aaron Tveit, choreographer Sonya Tayeh, Karen Olivo, Danny Burstein, and Sahr Ngaujah in a portrait taken for the Boston Globe on the Grand Staircase.
Photo 3: Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit as Satine and Christian
Photo 4: Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler
Photo 5: Robyn Hurder as Nini


Images by Matthew Murphy and Keith Bedford