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Moulin Rouge in Broadway: all you need to know about this musical

Can you imagine anything better than the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge? If you don't think that's possible, I recommend you to attend the Broadway musical Moulin Rouge, its scenery and performances will leave you with your mouth open.

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

10 min read

Moulin Rouge in Broadway: all you need to know about this musical

Stage of the Moulin Rouge Musical | ©Greg Lynn

What should you know about the Broadway musical Moulin Rouge? Although, compared to other plays, this one has not been in a theater for long, it has managed to position itself as one of the best Broadway musicals. In addition, it has been widely awarded at the Tony Awards (the Oscars of theater).

The musical is inspired by the 2021 movie of the same title, starring none other than Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. Just as it enchanted audiences a couple of decades ago, the play is a favorite of thousands of people who have seen it in the Big Apple.

Don't miss your chance to get Moulin Rouge tickets on Broadway for this great staging!

Tickets for Moulin Rouge musical on Broadway

How to get tickets to see the musical Moulin Rouge on Broadway

Curtains before the start of the Musical| ©Atk79
Curtains before the start of the Musical| ©Atk79

Because you want to attend a unique show, I want to make sure you get your tickets without any inconvenience. Therefore, what I recommend is that you purchase them in advance and from a secure website that gives you all the necessary information about the show.

Make sure you buy your tickets in time!

There are several points to analyze when deciding when to buy a ticket for a Broadway show. The first thing to consider is the popularity of the show, in this case, the musical Moulin Rouge is in high demand. This means that it is best to purchase your tickets a month in advance.

Of course, you also need to determine what season you are going to New York. If you want to see the musical in a peak season, it is best to get your tickets up to three months before the show.

When is it peak season on Broadway?

The dates when the theaters are most visited are those when there are more tourists in the city. So the peak season on Broadway is in:

  • Easter: between March and April
  • Christmas: especially in the last 15 days of the year and the first weeks of the new year.
  • July and August

How much do tickets for Moulin Rouge on Broadway cost?

Musical Schedule| ©Kiminnyc
Musical Schedule| ©Kiminnyc

Ticket prices for the musical range from approximately 150 euros to 250 euros. As expected, prices are not the same throughout the year, as they go up during peak seasons. They are also cheaper or more expensive depending on which area of the theater you decide to sit in.

In the case of the theater where Moulin Rouge is presented, its seats are divided into two sections:

  • Orchestra: this is considered the best section, so its seats are more expensive than the rest. Inside Orchestra there are Premium seats from which you can appreciate this wonderful musical to the fullest.
  • Mezzanine: although they are cheaper than Orchestra, they also offer a good view. A fact I would like to give you about these seats is that the ones in the front areas are the ones with the best quality-price ratio.

Which seats to choose to see this musical?

Due to the strategic location of the scenography of this play, all the seats offer a good view, of course, some are better than others. Therefore, I cannot tell you the exact seat where it is best to sit. One thing I will tell you about is what to keep in mind when buying your ticket:

  • Your budget.
  • The perspective from which you want to see the musical: although every seat in the theater offers a detailed view, not all of them offer the same viewing angle. Determine from where you prefer to view the play: right from the central area of the theater or you will be comfortable in one of the sides.

What to expect from the musical Moulin Rouge on Broadway

Moulin Rouge Set Design| ©David Palmer
Moulin Rouge Set Design| ©David Palmer

"It's a fabulous musical [...] from the moment you walk into the theater." "It would be easy to believe that Moulin Rouge! The Musical could stay on the bill for 50 years." This is just one thousandth of what the specialized critics say, so what you can expect from the staging is an unparalleled experience.

Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo give their all in every performance of Moulin Rouge, it will be impossible not to fall in love with their performances and voices. As in the 2001 film, you meet Christian, a poet who arrives in Montmartre, a Parisian neighborhood. There he finds an emblematic and renowned cabaret (which, in case you didn't know, actually exists): Moulin Rouge.

About the plot of the musical

Talking a bit more about the musical, the cabaret is in its moment of glory and its main performance is the one performed by Satine. As soon as Christian sees Satine he falls in love, so he makes her his muse. However, as in other true love stories, they will have to overcome obstacles.

Into Satine's life comes a duke who wants to marry her, but Christian is not willing to lose his great love. In the world of this musical, aristocrats and bohemians rub shoulders, enjoying grandeur, splendor and glory.

Set design

The stage is decorated in a cabaret style, thus making each attendee of the musical feel that he/she is in Paris in 1900. As expected, the set designers took care to represent the elements of the gardens of the famous Parisian cabaret.

In the theater there is a giant elephant and the red mill could not be missing. Every detail of this play is well cared for.

Choreography and songs

The person in charge of creating the dance scenes for the musical was Sonya Tayeh and she has been widely praised for the amazing job she did.The choreographies are incredible, daring, full of energy and many of them are challenging. When you see the actors dance you will want to dance too.

Now I will focus on the most relevant thing in any musical: the songs, what can you expect from them? If you are a fan of the movie, I am happy to inform you that many of the songs featured in the movie are present in the staging.

Something interesting about Moulin Rouge is that they took care to give it a modern twist by incorporating current hits. Some of the ones you will hear are "Toxic" by Britney Spears and "Firework" by Katy Perry. Other main songs in the play are:

  • Roxanne's Tango.
  • More More More!
  • Shut Up and Raise Your Glass.
  • The Sparkling Diamond.
  • Welcome to the Moulin Rouge!
  • Your Song.

Moulin Rouge on Broadway performance schedule

Moulin Rouge on Broadway| ©Greg Lynn
Moulin Rouge on Broadway| ©Greg Lynn

Before buying your tickets for the musical it is necessary that you take into account the schedule. This way you can determine which day and time is best for you to go to the theater. The schedules for Moulin Rouge are as follows:

-Monday: No performance of the musical
-Tuesday: 7 PM
-Wednesday: 8 PM
-Thursday: 2 PM and 8 PM
-Friday: 7 PM
-Saturday: 2 PM and 8 PM
-Sunday: 5 PM

In which theater is Moulin Rouge on Broadway performed and what is its address?

Theater where the Musical is performed| ©Ajay Suresh
Theater where the Musical is performed| ©Ajay Suresh

Among the most famous theaters where Broadway plays are presented is the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, home of Moulin Rouge, located in Midtown Manhattan, exactly at 302 West 45th Street. It is located in Midtown Manhattan at 302 West 45th Street.

How to get to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre? If you want to take the New York Subway, the ideal way is to take (from any point) the A, C or E lines to 42nd Street. When you exit the station you only have to walk approximately 2 minutes to get to the theater.

It is also valid to go by cab or uber, in case you choose this form of transportation, ask the driver to take you to the Al Hirschfeld Theater.

What should you know about this theater?

Are you one of those people who like to know the history of every place you visit? I will gladly tell you about the Al Hirschfeld! Its construction has a Byzantine style and was inaugurated in 1924, that's why, it was necessary to restore its ornaments and ceilings. This work is very well done.

Many tourists and even New Yorkers consider this to be one of the most beautiful theaters in the Big Apple. As soon as you walk in you feel like you are in the 1920s. Although it was originally named the "Martin Beck Theatre", its name was changed in 2003 in honor of Albert Hirschfeld.

What time to get to Al Hirschfeld?

Theater Stage in the Moulin Rouge Musical| ©David Palmer
Theater Stage in the Moulin Rouge Musical| ©David Palmer

Due to the sanitary controls performed on the audience, spectators are encouraged to arrive 1 hour and 15 minutes before the show. This ensures that each person enjoys the musical in the best conditions.

In order not to disturb the audience, the doors are closed 10 minutes before the start of the show and those arriving later will not be allowed to enter. In this case, no refunds are given.

What level of English do I need to see Moulin Rouge on Broadway?

Entrance to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre| ©Brecht Bug
Entrance to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre| ©Brecht Bug

With an intermediate level you will understand most of the play and the songs that are presented in it. Even those who do not speak much English have the opportunity to attend if they already know the context of the presentation.

One of the purposes of my describing the play to you earlier is to give you an idea about it. That way, no matter how advanced your English is, you will know what it is about and why the characters act in certain ways.

What is the dress code to attend this Broadway musical?

Inside view of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre| ©League of Historic American Theatres
Inside view of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre| ©League of Historic American Theatres

Due to the plot, it is requested that attendees wear clothing that is characterized as elegant. Shorts, shorts, Bermuda shorts, clothing or sneakers are not permitted.

A paid checkroom is available inside the theater for show attendees' bags and coats.

Can I see Moulin Rouge on Broadway with children and is it recommended for children?

Moulin Rouge at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre| ©Brecht Bug
Moulin Rouge at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre| ©Brecht Bug

The presentation accepts children from 6 years of age, of course, they must be accompanied by at least one adult. Before attending with a child you would do well to talk to them a little about the play to determine if they are willing to attend as it is not specifically aimed at them.

One thing I would like to point out about the Al Hirschfeld Theater is that there is availability for attendees with disabilities. It has the means to provide an excellent experience for the hearing impaired, visually impaired and blind. In addition, wheelchair seating is available, and there are good viewing locations in the aisles.

If you decide not to bring your children to the Moulin Rouge show, here is an article about other things to do in New York with children.

Should I have dinner before or after the show, and will the restaurants be open all around?

The secret location of the Burger Joint| ©Burger Joint
The secret location of the Burger Joint| ©Burger Joint

It all depends on the time of the show for which you have tickets, remember that the duration of the musical is 2 hours and 35 minutes. So if the show starts at 8 PM you may find it convenient to go to dinner earlier.

Since Broadway theaters are located near Times Square, you are sure to find a place to eat. If you want to know what restaurants you can find in this area, I encourage you to read my article in which I describe places to eat in New York.

Is it allowed to take pictures during the show?

View of the Al Hirschfeld| ©Juliette Kernion
View of the Al Hirschfeld| ©Juliette Kernion

No, for copyright reasons, it is strictly forbidden for attendees to record part or all of the musical and to take photographs. Therefore, you will not find images or videos of the performances on the internet.

Why do we recommend this musical?

Advertising of the play on the Buses| ©Tom Turner
Advertising of the play on the Buses| ©Tom Turner

The answer is simple, you should be encouraged to get tickets to the musical Moulin Rouge on Broadway for the following reasons:

  • The visual panorama is astounding.
  • It offers you musical and scenic pleasure.
  • The cast is composed of great actors.
  • Since its premiere, it has shined at every Tony Awards.

No doubt, with this musical you will want to sing along and you will feel the same emotion as seeing Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor on screen. Do you want a preview of the great musical Moulin Rouge on Broadway? On the show's YouTube channel you can find the song "Come What May" by Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit.

Other similar musicals you may be interested in

Banners in New York City to advertise the show Chicago| ©Elvert Barnes
Banners in New York City to advertise the show Chicago| ©Elvert Barnes

Broadway is known for its amazing musicals, spectators leave the theaters fascinated and actors dream of being able to participate in one. Nowadays, the shows on the billboards have attracted millions of spectators of different ages.

If you want to know which musical options offer you an experience similar to the musical Moulin Rouge on Broadway, here are some of them:

-Aladdin
-Chicago
-Phantom of the Opera
-Wicked

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