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Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge set for the stage

AAP logoAAP 1/09/2016 By Danielle McGrane

Baz Luhrmann's 2001 film Moulin Rouge will be brought to the stage as a new musical.

The stage show will be based on a book by Tony Award winner John Logan and directed by Tony-nominated Alex Timbers, according to production company Global Creatures.

"I first encountered Alex Timbers through the remarkable and inventive production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the brilliance of Here Lies Love," Luhrmann' said.

"I immediately recognised the young director's creative spirit and felt we shared similar sensibilities and instincts. So I'm tremendously happy to celebrate that Moulin Rouge! will be under his direction and that the book will be the creation of the gifted Tony Award-winning playwright John Logan whose writing I also admire deeply.

"It's immensely gratifying to know that a new wave of artists will be leading Moulin Rouge! into its rightful theatrical realm."

According to the New York Times, Timbers had been lined up to direct the stage version of Disney's hit movie Frozen but was dismissed from the role last month.

Whether Moulin Rouge will open in the US or in Australia, Luhrmann's home, are yet to be revealed as is the production date.

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