Finally got to see this show this past weekend after seeing it in Boston. Thought it was in great shape and found that I enjoyed it more over-all now on Broadway. Also felt like Olivo/Tveit played off each other better than they did in Boston. Brought my family who hadn't seen it before and they also has a blast.
Wayman_Wong said: "Spectrum News (NY1) has posted 3 videos about ''Moulin Rouge!'' In the first one, Frank DiLella chats with the lead producer and her nearly decade-long journey to get the show to Broadway; plus, DiLella dishes with Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit about playing Satine and Christian and how they felt when Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban came to see them. In the second video, DiLella profiles Alex Timbers, who recalls how Baz Luhrmann offered him the shot to direct this stage adaptation. In the third video, critic Roma Torre raves about ''Moulin Rouge!'' and calls it ''a Broadway hit for the ages.''https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/on-stage/2019/09/07/-moulin-rouge---on-broadway""Tveit, a handsome face attached to a rich lyric tenor, has by contrast all the sexual charisma of a baked potato. His scenes with Olivo seem friendly, nothing more. He wants them to run off together – and what? Have a picnic?”https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/jul/25/moulin-rouge-broadway-review"Tveit’s pliant tenor handles the massive leaps from Richard Rodgers to Elton John and beyond. What he can’t do is bring any edge or sexual danger to Christian, now an émigré from Ohio." https://www.thewrap.com/moulin-rouge-broadway-review-alex-timbers-baz-luhrmann-aaron-tveit-karen-olivo/"As the innocent lover-composer Christian, Tveit (“Next to Normal&rdquo has the depth of a stick figure." https://www.amny.com/entertainment/moulin-rouge-review-1.34264501
schubox said: "There were just too many moments of telling, not showing that came off as lazy to me. Like the other dancer telling Satine how dangerous the Duke was, but we never really saw it. Richard Roxburgh conveyed more menace in a single scene than the Duke in the musical did for the entire show" The scene was like:
Nini: "You have to be more careful" [...]Satine: "Why are you telling me this?"Nini: "I have been jealous of you since I first met you. But we're sisters."Satine: "Thank you."
DramaTeach said: "This show had one of the worst audiences I’ve encountered. "Seconded! I hated his audience. People humming/singing along - no we don't CARE that you know the song. A couple in front kept moving their whole body/heads. This is NOT a dance-along.Both guys on either side of me decided to have their crinkly snack during the show -- one during Act 1, the other during Act 2. Every two seconds: *loud crinkle*. To their credit they completely stopped (after snacking just a little more! lol what!), after I pointed at their snack and said,"It's distracting". And I could hear everyone else crinkling their loud ass snacks all throughout the audience.There was a guy who kept clapping at the end of a scene but I think he could have been autistic or something, so obviously I gave it a pass but everyone else kept laughing at it or making comments when it happened.I did recognize all the songs except one that only went on for a line or two, and I was not amused by the gimmick, I hated it as I'd rather it be a proper jukebox where the song is sung in its entirety. It confounds me why every song was funny? The audience laughed every time it was a line from a new song. One "number" was just a string of these one-liners, and the audience laughed. at. every. line. of. a. new. song. ?????I wanted to love it but the cards were not in its favor given I loathed the movie. I think anyone who loved the movie would like this show. I personally thought that Aaron Tveit was the only good thing in it, his voice and look worked very well for the character, so I'm surprised to see people didn't enjoy his performance. Actually, the choreography was quite good, too. The curtain call number was super fun and I wish that was the show I saw instead.I agree that Aaron and Karen have zero chemistry. Also their voices sound awful together.
YvanEhtNioj said: "I was in the center mezzanine and the only other people standing were the ones in the last row. I'm talking about literally in the entire mezzanine..everyone sat down."I would have thought that the thing to do at that point was for YOU to sit down, so all the people behind you you'd see the show without having to look around you. I am sorry if this offends you, but you are not at Yankee Stadium. If everyone is sitting, you should sit.I think that is also a reason for all the stupid, moronic standing ovations that happen for virtually every show, whether a brilliantly performed masterpiece or a mediocre piece of junk. I would like to get back to the days when a SO was earned, not obligatory.
I saw this on Sunday. I loved every minute of it. I purposely did not look at the playbill, so each time a new song was sung, it was a pleasant surprise. The sets were breathtaking and the costumes gorgeous. The acting, singing and chemistry, in my opinion, was topnotch. Had only one ensemble member out. It was the best show of five I saw this trip. I have an acquaintance who wants to see this, but I know will hate it because of the score.
Still crawling out from under the stupor of my hangover of my Broadway overdose from yesterday so I’ll try to keep this short and sweet.Moulin Rouge! - wow. Saw last (Saturday) night. I wasn’t prepared to love this as much as I did. Of course, the set and what they’ve done with the theater itself is amazing. Also, loved the guy in the thong during pre-show. He almost made me forget tall hot guy Timothy Hughes from Hadestown the night before. I also liked the incidental music they have playing during the preshow. I know some people have found it annoying. Songs that didn’t really connect with me on the cast recording totally connected with me in the theater when I understood them in the context of the show. I also found Aaron and Karen to have chemistry which was a nice surprise after all the grumblings on here. Aaron’s voice is so beautiful. Karen’s is SO POWERFUL!!! Danny Burstein is EVERYTHING. Give that man his Tony now!!! I full on sobbed (first time with trip) during Your Song and at the death scene. A lot of that with Your Song has to do with my history with that song if you recall an earlier post of mine in the MR thread. I also, didn’t find the mashup encore jarring at end as it’s pretty clear it’s the actors performing for us, not the characters. Maybe it’s my The Bohemian Writer cocktail (with absinthe) in first act and my Sparkling Diamond cocktail in Act 2, but I think this has a shot not only at aTony nomination for best musical, but maybe a win. I know it’s got a lot of competition coming next year so we’ll see. I just don’t know that it’s outside the realm of possibility. I also know that some of my buy-in comes from my goodwill carryover from the movie as well as the transcendent power of pop (at least for me) that helped me survive a pretty unhappy childhood.
Just a quick question, where is the orchestra located for Moulin? I'm guessing somewhere backstage?
Jarethan said: "This performance it was Danny Burstyn who was out. His replacement gave a fine performance; however, anyone who has not seen Burstyn will not understand what they are missing. Burstyn was the soul of the show; his understudy is a talented performer.""Burstein," not "Burstyn."
For fans of ''Moulin Rouge!,'' the BUILD series has done a deep dive into the making of the show. Their video interview features star Aaron Tveit, director Alex Timbers and music supervisor Justin Levine. They dish about the development of the show from screen to stage, and the challenge to getting the rights to the various pop/rock songs (and the stipulations involved). Levine, in particular, outlines how the Broadway version of ''The Elephant Love Medley'' differs from the movie version, and what it was like to deal with the Rolling Stones. Plus, Tveit gushes about co-star Karen Olivo and the ''surprising'' reaction of how well singing Adele works in Act II.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS7okRkLnNU
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