MOULIN ROUGE will be finally be a stage musical- Page 2

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Daddy Warbucks said: "This is one of my favorite movies of all time.  As a broadway investor, my first thought was, I want to find a way into this show.  But then as I got to thinking, I don't think this has huge upside.  You'll get people like me who are dying to come out to see it and who loved the movie (but as mentioned, much of that love has to do with the cinematography).  But most of my friends in middle america found the movie too weird.  It wasn't a runaway commercial success, even though it appealed to me so strongly.  

So that is to say, I'm a little hesitant about the commercial viability of this one.  Especially because I can imagine it with a $15-16m budget and high weekly running costs.  If they can figure out how to stage it at $11m with a $500k nut (unlikely) I'd give it a look.


 

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Right there with you - SO excited to see this, but most of my friends found it weird.  And so many of the things I loved about the movie were the hyper-stylized elements.  I hope Alex Timbers can find a way to replicate that on stage.  From an investing perspective, I'd be worried this goes the way of a Side Show...

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this is also one of my favorite films of this century, I hope this goes well! I know about the German production (I tried to listen to the recording once and it's....not good) but I hope this has basically nothing to do with that. I'm excited for this.

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'Rachel Tucker as Satine'?? WTF?

Apart from Rebel Wilson, I don't think there are many people less suited to the part. Rachel does not have the elegant grace of Nicole, nor the waif-like, tragic look. 

I agree with the others, Sierra B would be fantastic.

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My dream for this would be for it to reopen the Mark Hellinger Theatre, but I know that won't be happening any time soon. This is the perfect musical for such an opulent environment and could have some great immersive staging.  

 

I've been waiting for this musical for a while (I know there was an ad for one to play the then-Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles around 2003 or 2004), and "Moulin Rouge" is one of my favorite films of all time! This is going to be a big show and require a big budget, but if it went to Broadway I think it would be a big success. (Maybe not the next "Hamilton," but it could get up there.)

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I love the film, but as others have said, the actual plot is like an even less fleshed out La Traviata and a HUGE part of the appeal is the design, seeing those actors, and the way it's filmed (like Baz's technique or not, I think that can't be denied).  It's such style over substance that it becomes style as substance--I admit I find it moving in the end.  But NONE of that will carry over to the stage.  Maybe they can find some sort of stage equivalent/re-imagining but *why bother*?  I'd say this is even more so than the Disney animated films being adapted to stage--those at least have stronger story (yes) and their appeal with their fans isn't based mostly on how they're filmed.

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If they're gonna do it, at the very least can we get Evan Rachel Wood?

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I not ONCE said I chose to not believe you. I merely said since there seems to be conflicting info, we simply don't know what really happened. I do however tend to believe he was fired as that seems to make more overall sense. I just never said that anywhere here.

Now if you two know more than I do and can say for fact he was indeed fired, great. Awesome. It sounds like you do, I'm fine with that. I usually just merely choose to be careful about what I read, see, or hear unless I hear it from the horses mouth...which is usually viewed as something intelligent, and yet when someone is careful, they attacked, like you did me. 

I'm not sure what I did to either of you even over cyber land to be attacked name called like that except question what I heard and read about the subject. I hope you are well today with this great news about M.R. nonetheless. 

Now, back to M.R. itself....I'm excited about it, Timbers will be great, it's way better for his talents anyway, and I can't wait to see it when it comes.

 

 

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What seems ages ago, Baz spoke about wanting to adapt this to the stage himself.  I can only assume he's washed his hands of it because he found no way to make it work on stage...

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Yes, the movie exists and a stage adaptation isn't really necessary but I was still excited when I read about this. I think what Alex Timbers did with The Robber Bridegroom could work with Christian and his artist/actor friends and then you could have some big lavish set pieces... With the right casting and costuming I'd see this in a heartbeat.

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I loved the movie (and thought it deserved to win Best Picture), but it would have to be a lavish jaw-dropping visual spectacle to come anywhere close to being interesting on stage.  Many of the songs would have to be rethought to be effective on stage (especially the stunning can-can sequence).

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I don't know if it's so much a "why bother" as a "how?" There's no real story, no characters. The setting and the sound are all, and there's no way of replicating the look of a Baz film onstage. The sound, though, is difficult but not impossible: classical, rock, hip-hop and Bollywood elements playing on top of each other, almost a constant sound collage. Very sample-heavy.

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I only hope that this doesn't effect the chances "My Paris" has of being done on Broadway in one of the smaller houses. Not only is the score delightful but Bobby Steggert's performance as Toulouse-Lautrec is something to cherish.

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How was Baz's production of La Boeheme? I remember Brantley loving it. How were the sets, costumes, ect? That would be telling for this production if Baz becomes involved. I'm interested at the prospect of this onstage, but it could be a mess...

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His Boheme is available on DVD, filmed when it first premiered in Australia in 1993.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Puccini-Boheme-Luhrmann-Australian-Opera/dp/B00006LPE9

 

I remember enjoying it when I saw it on Broadway, and the setting/design (updated to the 1950s) was gorgeous. However, I was only just then beginning to get into opera at the time and I'm curious if I would view it the same now as I did then.

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As stated earlier in this thread, Global Creatures ( the producers ) need to stay away from Musicals there track record is nothing to write home about. King Kong was a huge mess of a show, Strickly Ballroom was not much better. 

 

Well I didn't want to get into it, but he's a Satanist. Every full moon he sacrifices 4 puppies to the Dark Lord and smears their blood on his paino. This should help you understand the score for Wicked a little bit more. Tazber's: Reply to Is Stephen Schwartz a Practicing Christian
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I wonder if they would be able to secure all the rights to the songs or if they'd have to replace some. And if they add music, would it be more pop songs or original material.

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Dream cast: Matthew James Thomas and Emma Watson headline the show 

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I worked on a show this summer with Josh Walker (Side Show revival), and he was fantastic. Plus he's an actual little person- wouldn't be surprised if he gets called in for Toulouse.

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The only way I can see this working (if they're attempting to achieve the same effect as the movie) is to produce a show that's not only enormous, but impossibly flashy and actively menacing towards the audience. It has to be too much, which is exactly what the movie is and why it works. I can imagine it being dazzling, overpowering, and magnificent, but it would also cost a billion dollars.

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Just no.

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I'm not a fan of this film. I have nothing against films where the style and vision is the substance. I even like the anachronisms of the music with the setting because the music, I felt, served a point to make the whole setting and situation relatable to modern day audiences while adding the excitement and fun of hearing familiar songs re-produced and re-created. I do think the movie failed on a very basic human element of making me care about the relationship between Christian and Satine, and I felt that there was a real lack of depth for a movie that tried so hard to make us feel that depth despite all the stylizations. I have that problem with most of Luhrmann's films. Of course, so many did feel it, so it's hard to call MR a failure. I do see the film's strengths as cinema and its visuals are at times breathtaking. I'm afraid a stage adaptation wouldn't have any of the film's strengths and would actually highlight the film's flaws.

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Sierra Boggess as Satine could work. Jeremy Jordan would make a great Christian.

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I for one am very excited about this.

Evan Rachel Wood and Darren Criss may be my dream casting for this - but I can also see Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan depending what they do with the music.

i think it is more likely this will be a star vehicle. Tons of celebrities will bite at this