Open run | 2h 45m | Midtown W

Moulin Rouge! (Broadway)

From 599 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Must see

About the show

Based on Baz Luhrmann’s Oscar-winning film, and featuring many of its iconic songs, the world-premiere musical invites you to experience the sweeping grandeur of Paris’s most spectacular dance hall. (Past Reviews) More…

Set in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris at the turn of the century, a world of indulgent beauty and unparalleled extravagance, of bohemians and aristocrats, of boulevardiers and mademoiselles, "Moulin Rouge! The Musical" tells the fictional story of an ambitious, lovesick writer, Christian, and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine. Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge with its many characters including the host, Harold Zidler, the brilliant and starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec, the greatest tango dancer - and gigolo - in all of Paris, Santiago, the tempting Nini, and The Duke of Monroth, the wealthy and entitled patron of the club who thinks he can buy anything he wants, including love. Directed by Tony nominee Alex Timbers, with a book by Tony winner John Logan. 

Member Reviews (599)


Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Must see

Great singing, Overrated, Fluffy, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if u want to see expert pop mashup karoake trying to coalesce a shallow, hollow, unconvincing story w/in a flashy, expensive, sexy spectacle.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in a manipulative, feel-good tragedy, sanitized for the masses & pandering to tourists; u value substance over style.

Also When will new musicals learn to just commit to their stories & embrace... Read more Read less

Banal, Overrated, Too long, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you love over-produced Broadway shows filled with dozens of old pop music hits. If the performers are skilled, you don't need content.

Don't see it if you want a plot that isn't predictable and hackneyed. You don't like LONG shows!

Also Performers were great! I went because I love Danny Burstein, and he di... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great singing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if Your primary reason to go is just to have fun. You love a mash-up. You want to catch Karen Olivo in dazzling voice.

Don't see it if You want a satisfying story or expect the emotional moments to land or if you hate a medley. The show is dense with them.

Also I found the second act infinitely better than the first. The second ac... Read more Read less


See it if You want to see fantastic design elements and fun musical numbers.

Don't see it if You want the fun to expand into the book scenes as well.

Also The musical numbers work. But the book scenes and performances feel fl... Read more Read less

Fun dancing, Empty, Loud, All hat no cowboy

See it if You watch a lot of music videos, you like melodrama, an over-the-top production is enough for you

Don't see it if You seek heart in a musical, you don’t like loudness for its own sake.

Also One in our party loved the movie but hated this musical, saying all fe... Read more Read less

Sensory overload. entertaining somewhat but indulgent

See it if YOU LIKE Broadway spectacle. Amazing sets costumes and great numbers but it just felt empty. I must admit, I kept lookin at my watch.

Don't see it if Juke box musicals really annoy you

Jukebox musical dressed as art, Tourist show, Fluffy, Insipid, Great staging

See it if You liked the movie. You enjoy shows that require minimum mental engagement and love pop rock medleys. Burstein is great as always.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie and are not a fan of jukebox musicals made to look like La Boheme. It has tremendous production values & costumes.

Also This is a tourist show. It is filled with songs young people will know... Read more Read less

Oh so weak

See it if You like lots of razzmatazz and watching actors try really hard with weak material

Don't see it if You require coherence, thoughtfulness, or anything beyond a hodgepodge of song snippets

Highly caloric but little nutritional value

See it if you like extravaganzas and just want to be entertained. It’s gorgeously designed and expertly performed.

Don't see it if you are a fan of the film. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor has real heat. On stage: zilch, sorry to say.

Also Remember when You used to go trick-or-treating, and you would fill you... Read more Read less

Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy over the top sets, fluffy script with little drama and are just seeking a bit of light entertainment.

Don't see it if you wanted a character driven, gritty piece about the Moulon Rouge and those that worked/lived there. Original music.

Also A very PG tale told with karaoke-ish stylings. No original music just ... Read more Read less

Weak adaption of the wonderful film, Miscast aaron tveit as chritian, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you want to see beautiful sets and costumes hiding a flat production.

Don't see it if you love the Movie... stay home, and save your money...

Also Danny Bernstein as Zidler is the best thing going for this show. Aaron... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy a spectacle and amazing costumes and sets

Don't see it if You want to put your money to good use

Great singing

See it if You like big flashy musicals, with modern pop songs.

Don't see it if You want smaller, intimate theater and an original score.

Also The vocal performances are wonderful. But the story and staging are sl... Read more Read less

Where's the humor?, Where's the passion?, Where's the direction?, Where the character development?, Where's the book?

See it if want to see Alex Timbers spend a shitload of money to mask his dearth of directing craft and imagination, just like he did with Beeteljuice

Don't see it if expect the clever/corny way Mama Mia used ABBA's songbook. Snippets of chart-topping songs are thrown at the wall like spaghetti. None stick

Stupid, Overrated, Fluffy, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a spectacle or a typical Danny being great performance. Truly stunning staging.

Don't see it if You want to save your money, value your time, or don't like fluff pieces... Also, don't see it if you get hot easily - was SO hot in there.

Also The way this show was written was truly poor. Having 80 songs (or what... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see the movie live on stage with more contemporary songs.

Don't see it if You want them to stretch away from the film.

Also I wish there were less “Glee” inspired mash-ups of songs. But both lea... Read more Read less

Great singing, Shallow as hell, Unbelievably beautiful to look at

See it if The show is physically breathtaking. No expense has been spared. Fun, light, fluffy, mindless show. No depth. But a thrill to look at.

Don't see it if Most songs from the film are replaced. Comic turned tragic story handled shallowly. Two leads can sing the roof off but have zero chemistry.

Also Act I flies by. Act II drags and drags. It’s a feast for the eyes in e... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Great singing

See it if you like Aaron Tveit or Karen Olivo, both were amazing. Dancing/costumes/set were all phenomenal and made the show feel larger than life

Don't see it if you want a new story or original music. The staging is a cringe worthy and cliched, and they never step out of the box to make it more

Confusing, Entertaining, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you like spectacular sets and talented dancers making an overworked storyline an entertaining show

Don't see it if You can't abide singers missing notes, overacting, and many mixes of genres of music not congruent with era of musical.

Fluffy, Great staging, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You love the movie or jukebox musicals and modern pop.

Don't see it if You need good storytelling. The story here is even weaker than that of the film and is overshadowed by the excessive song catalog.

Also The set is one of the most stunning I've ever seen but the show itself... Read more Read less

Great singing, Indulgent, Overrated, Shallow, Great staging

See it if you are a HUGE fan of the film. People engrossed by this musical were responding to their memory of the film not this rather shallow show.

Don't see it if you think it takes more than great staging and singing to make a musical. It's like a cruise ship mash-up of songs, not a true musical.

Empty, Gorgeous sets & costumes, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you like fluffy, Vegas-y musicals w/pop tunes galore & shows that are all style over substance. You’ll come out humming the sets & costumes!

Don't see it if you need more than eye-popping visuals and one knockout performance by Danny Burstein to hold your interest. Aimed at the tourist crowds.

Also Who could have thought that this splashy, $30 million extravaganza bas... Read more Read less

Cheesy, Over the top, Dizzying, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you like jukebox musicals or if you enjoy over-the-top musicals, even if they have little story.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with a compelling story and lovable characters.

Also Moulin Rouge was cheesy and was not original or compelling in any way.... Read more Read less

Great set, Great costumes, Endless, Overrated

See it if you want to listen to every song ever written in one Broadway show and for the amazing costumes & sets. The performers are really good too.

Don't see it if you need to clean your bathroom or rearrange your sock drawer. Your time will be better spent cleaning & listening good Pandora channels.

Ambitious, Overrated, Raunchy, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if you've taken your epilepsy medication. Seriously, it's worth it though for the choreography and a stellar turn by Burstein.

Don't see it if you're expecting a brilliant interpretation of a good movie (or a recreation of the movie); or want moving storytelling.

Also It's like a fever dream wrapped in a seizure (at least Act 1). Why did... Read more Read less

July 25th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK "‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ Offers a Party, and a Playlist, for the Ages. Forbidden pleasures abound in this spectacular musical, starring a dazzling Karen Olivo as a doomed Parisian chanteuse."
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July 25th, 2019
★★★★ "Red alert! Red alert! If you're the kind of person who frets that jukebox musicals are taking over Broadway, prepare to tilt at the windmill that is the gorgeous, gaudy, spectacularly overstuffed 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical.' Directed with opulent showmanship by Alex Timbers, this adaptation...
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July 25th, 2019
"'Moulin Rouge!' Is Broadway’s Biggest Karaoke Night. It commits singlemindedly to stuffing as many additional hit tracks as possible."
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July 29th, 2019
"A Millennial Reboot of Chekhov, and 'Moulin Rouge!' on Broadway. Halley Feiffer translates 'Three Sisters' into Internet-speak, and Baz Luhrmann’s glitzy movie comes into its own onstage."
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