Saw it last night. (Tuesday) It was Burstein's first night back after surgery. I have always loved him and he did not disappoint.I don't know if it was just this performance but the show, to me, lacks energy (in a lot of places), camp, bawdiness and playfulness. It has its moments. The Act II opener is a lot of fun. The Elephant Medley fell flat for me.The sets and what they did to the theater are wonderful. The lighting is great also. I noticed that whenever they sang Lady Marmalade the music was always just a hair ahead of the cast's singing.Every last person on the stage is talented. We had Amber on for Satine and I didn't miss Olivo at all. By mid Act I I was thinking I was not sure if I would even like Olivo in the role. Amber was excellent. Iam still scratching my head over Tveit's performance. It was one note all the way through. There was like zero chemistry between him and Amer. The man has golden pipes and you can see that he can move but there was just no emotion. In a few numbers he swiveled those hips and that was the most exciting his character got for me.It already was not high on my list to see but I got invited to go and was certainly not going to pass up the chance! I do have to say I like what they did arrangement wise with some of the songs. I like the toned down version of Firework. And I was not looking forward to hearing that song! Chandelier was a lot of fun also. Allin all itwas just ok for me. I left the theater a little numb from the lack of energy but the sensory overload of the sets, lights and music. JMOWe had VIP room invitations. I had no idea this room existed in the theater. It is in the mezz at the end on the left. Really nice room with private bathrooms. So no lines at intermission. A drink and snacks were included.If you don't want to get screamed at, put your phone/camera away as soon as the cast comes out pre-show. They encouraged pictures prior to them coming out, at intermission and at the end where they said you could film the final number if you wanted. They also didn't really rush you out of the theater at the end as people were taking tons of selfies with the stage in the background.
Hadn't seen this thread in a little while, but if anyone missed Aaron Tveit playing a game of Song Association with Elle, here it is. I'm surprised the word ''song'' didn't prompt him to sing ''Your Song,'' but he does do snippets of other tunes from ''Moulin Rouge!''http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apE9FzI0VXQ
I caught Moulin Rouge! for the third time a few weeks ago. The show has only gotten better and better with each time I have seen it. The first 2 times I saw it, I found Olivo to be serviceable as Satine, but she did not wow me. When I saw the show for the third time, she was firing on all cylinders. She was sexy, sultry, and just delectable. I'm not sure what changed, but it truly felt like an entirely different performance.
I saw the show the 19th, and Karen was out. (FYI, I saw her in it back in august). I loved Ashley. The only gripe is that she seemed too young & beautiful for this to be her "last" shot at making it. Karen reads much older, because she is, so it makes more sense.
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