Get the tissues ready — Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge!” is being adapted for Broadway.
Not much is known beyond the title, which will be simply “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” according to Playbill. The cabaret-style musical about a writer who falls in love with a courtesan at the famous Parisian nightclub will be adapted by John Logan, who wrote the screenplay for “Sweeney Todd,” and Alex Timbers (“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”) will direct. No word on casting or a premiere date yet.
The extravagant 2001 film barely fit onto movie screens, so how they’ll cram it into a theater remains to be seen — but if anyone can do it, it’s Global Creatures, which is currently developing a King Kong production for Broadway.
For his part, Luhrmann seems confident in the musical's transition to the stage. “It’s immensely gratifying to know that a new wave of artists will be leading 'Moulin Rouge!' into its rightful theatrical realm,” he said in a statement.
Come what may, we’ll be there.