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Moulin Rouge (Boston)

Across 112 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Disappointing

About the show

Based on Baz Luhrmann’s Academy Award-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. More…

Set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France 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 of the Moulin Rouge, 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 (112)


Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Disappointing
Avg Score

Great staging, Quirky, Great singing, Ambitious, Grand

See it if You enjoyed the movie or if you like high energy extravaganza type shows that have substance and style. LOTS to look at. Great new songs.

Don't see it if You’re unwilling to realize that this is a new medium, the stage is not the screen and these are new actors. Not Ewen McGregor and Kidman.

Great staging, Romantic, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you loved the movie and are dying to see how it translates to the stage. Fabulous production value. Stellar performances.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see a show fully ready for Broadway. There's plenty of great material here but this is what out of town tryouts are for.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Uneven

See it if You can handle change, want your shows updated, want to see a fantastic staging, great performances by an entire company, and Danny Burstein

Don't see it if You loved the movie and want to see that. LOTS of new contemporary songs, some odd choices in songs/medleys, and a really boring 2nd act.

Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you thought the best part of the movie was the pop covers and the only thing missing was a sad backstory for every character

Don't see it if you want the constant surprise the movie offered and prefer songs to make sense in their context rather than just being shoehorned in.

Dated, Cliched, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if you enjoy great visual story telling. If you have a short attention span, this is a show for you.

Don't see it if you want an original score. The show is like a choreographed version of your car radio on search. The singing is tremendous.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if you enjoyed the movie but are not a purist. Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit lead a solid cast. Sets, costumes, and choreography are gorgeous!

Don't see it if you expect the show to be exactly the same as the movie. Changing to another format warrants some changes, but if you hate that, skip it.

Also In transferring this musical from film to stage, a number of character... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if You loved the movie or want a fun experience with built out sets. The cast is crazy talented & the moments that stay with the movie are good

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy the story, the original music or current songs of today.

Also This show was not perfect but I was still weeping by the end! The sets... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Must see

See it if you liked the movie, you like Aaron Tveit, you enjoy large production values, you like tragic love stories.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of pop music, you prefer small intimate musicals, you didn't like the move.

Also Once you enter the theater you are transported to the Parisian club Mo... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny

See it if You like popular songs and an awarding winning cast. You want to hear some movie songs.

Don't see it if Want a movie replica. You will not get one.

Also Let me start by saying that the stage for this production is amazingly... Read more Read less

Great singing, Indulgent, Epic, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy the movie, spectacular sets, costumes, and choreography. All are absolutely top notch and should garner Tonys when this transfers.

Don't see it if You are expecting the same plot as the film or really any of the same songs. It has been updated to almost entirely current music.

Also I really enjoyed the show but it had a lot of issues. In great moments... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Fluffy, Ambitious, Wonderful set design

See it if You are in Boston and really want to see a show.

Don't see it if You can wait out another version when they work out some of the issues with the book, orchestrations and song choices.

Entertaining, Gorgeous sets, Work in progress, Fantastic orchestration, Uneven acts

See it if you are looking for a lavish Broadway show. The leads are strong (Aaron and Karen in particular) and the musical numbers are a blast!

Don't see it if you want to see a finished product. This show is a work in progress. The book still feels uneven and the choreography is a bit amateurish.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Dizzying, Indulgent

See it if You like pop music and you want to hear Karen Olivo sing her FACE off. It is also great for those who love choreo and staging.

Don't see it if You loved the movie or you want to see chemistry between the two leads. Or if you appreciate Danny Burstein, who is underused AF.

Ambitious, Dizzying, Great singing, Frenetic, Uneven

See it if You love intense constantly changing loud music and great dancing that overwhelms all aspects of a very high energy production.

Don't see it if You are a purist devotee of the movie. This show, while entertaining, doesn’t truly capture the emotional heart of Baz Luhrman’s film.

Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Over written

See it if You like musical spectaculars, appreciate outstanding singing and you are familiar with contemporary pop music.

Don't see it if You are looking for original show music.

Also The visual aspects of this show, costumes, sets and lighting are unbel... Read more Read less

Frenetic, Great singing, Extravagant, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You are interested to hear the million new songs which have been added, you appreciate extravagant set and costume design, you can can can.

Don't see it if You love the movie so much, you’ll be upset by changes in music compositions and you’ll miss leads that actually have chemistry

Entertaining, Great dancing, Great singing, Indulgent, Dizzying

See it if can appreciate great singing and high-energy, large ensemble dance numbers set to pop music

Don't see it if you want a show with character development or any sort of emotional depth

Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying, Indulgent

See it if You've seen everything else first. Sets are excellent. Karen and Aaron are amazing singers. Without them, this would be awful.

Don't see it if You loved the movie at all. Many of the songs and character motivations are different. There are too many new songs, the show is choppy.

Also I really enjoyed the movie, so for me this was too much of a departure... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Fast paced, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if for a (mostly) fast-paced musical that throws everything at you! This was a wild ride w/great performances (Danny B and Aaron T especially)

Don't see it if you want a very sophisticated book (ending needs work), you don't like jukebox musicals, you want a quiet show

Entertaining, Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if You love lavish spectacle with sublime choreography and infectious tunes

Don't see it if You expect an original score.

Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you want to sit among screaming sycophants who can't sit still, if you want to have pop song after pop song hurled at you loudly

Don't see it if you're looking for an intelligent, coherent, entertaining night at the theatre, where the artists pull you into the story and make you feel

Also The book is muddled. We're given a big opening number before we meet t... Read more Read less

Overrated, Edgy, Slow, Unclear storytelling, Disappointing

See it if You want to be blown away by the lighting and scenic design choice; they truly are riveting. Mediocre casting, unclear plot, and not enough.

Don't see it if You want a great plot, characters with meaning/connections, non-mainstream songs, or if you have never enjoyed Alex Timbers direction.

Absorbing, Great singing, Spectacular, Entertaining, Must see

See it if you want to see something spectacular and over the top at times, and something with a touching message at its core

Don't see it if you hate pop songs, or love

Ambitious, Great singing, Entertaining, Must see, Edgy

See it if you're a fan of the original movie, pop music from the 70s up to today, or any one of the incredibly talented stage actors giving their all.

Don't see it if you'd prefer a musical with a down-to-earth plot or performance/design aesthetic, or you have a distaste for jukebox musicals.

Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if you want a fun and enchanting night at the theater - a great adaptation of the movie

Don't see it if you do not like popular songs in your theater - the show uses more pop songs than the movie

August 5th, 2018
"Smart, shameless, and extravagantly entertaining...Directed with wit and heart by Alex Timbers...The creators have tinkered artfully with their archetype, translating the cinematic splendors of Mr. Luhrmann’s universe into more earthly pleasures. This 'Moulin Rouge!' captures the sensibility of ...
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August 6th, 2018
"The story’s been strengthened in this splashy production, while expectations of cinema-inspired visual splendor are met and even exceeded...Levine weaves the numbers together with remarkable variety...Timbers, Logan, and company aren’t just riding on the sensory experience, but are committed to ...
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August 5th, 2018
"Opulent but imperfect...A whirling dervish of sights and sounds designed more for effect than affect...For those seeking a more nostalgic emotional connection to the material, This 'Moulin Rouge' may seem more rock concert than musical theater...A major the jarring shifts in tone th...
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August 6th, 2018
"A captivating theatrical event that combines the highest calibre of set, lighting, and costume designs with powerhouse performances...There is never a dull moment in this show which is marked by its kinetic energy...The thing that is sacrificed is the depth of the relationships...On the whole, t...
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