After more than a year of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Moulin Rouge! The Musical has woken up and swept the Tony Awards with 10 wins including Best Musical!
Based upon 20th Century Fox’s Academy Award-winning film, Moulin Rouge! tells the story of Christian, a composer who falls in love with cabaret star and Moulin Rogue headline act, Satine.
The Broadway production was nominated for 14 awards, just 1 short of tying with Jagged Little Pill’s 15.
The show won the following:
- Best Musical
- Best Director of a Musical (Alex Timbers)
- Best Lead Actor in a Musical (Aarn Tveit)
- Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Danny Burstein)
- Best Choreography (Sonya Tayeh)
- Best Orchestrations (Justin Levine, Matt Stine, Katie Krasek and Charlie Rosen)
- Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Derek McLane)
- Best Costume Design of a Musical (Catherine Zuber)
- Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Justin Townsend)
- Best Sound Design of a Musical (Peter Hylenski)
And was nominated for:
- Best Lead Actress in a Musical (Karen Olivo)
- Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Sahr Ngaujah)
- Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Robyn Hurder)
- Best Book of a Musical (John Logan)
Interestingly, the impact that the Broadway shutdown had on the Tony Awards meant that the 2019-2020 season was abruptly cut short. This meant that most shows were deemed ineligible until the 2020-2021 season leaving only 4 musicals to compete.
This also affected the nomination process and a partial cause of Aaron Tveit being the only nominee for Best Lead Actor in a Musical. Luckily for Tveit, he managed to surpass the 60% vote in order to win and took home his first Tony Award.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical is currently playing at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City and a National Tour will begin in February 2022.
The first international production will open in London on 8th December 2021, which we will have a review for on Sunday 19th December.
Note: Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a non-Disney production by Global Pictures, based upon the Disney-owned film.
Image Sources: Moulin Rouge! The Musical