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    Moulin Rouge! The Musical: tickets, storyline, schedules, what to expect

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    Based on the famous film by Baz Luhrmann released in cinemas in 2001, Red Mill! He Musical is set in the Montmartre district of Paris, during the Belle Epoque period. As film lovers do well, the musical tells the love story between Christian, composer, and cabaret actress Satine, star of the Moulin Rouge. The protagonist of the musical, however, is the music, which mixes unpublished songs with popular hits in a particularly successful way.


    • Debut and awards
    • Duration, Schedules and Days of programming
    • How to reach the theater
    • Screen
    • Why go see it and what to expect
    • Where to buy tickets
    • Where to sleep in the area

    Debut and awards

    The musical was first proposed by the Emerson Colonial Theater in Boston to subsequently land on Broadway in 2019, on July 25.

    Despite the success of audiences and critics, the show presented on Broadway received "only" one Grammy Award nomination in the category "Best Theatrical Album for Musical", but without being able to take the victory home.

    Conversely, the show staged in Boston garnered awards at the IRNE Awards:

    • Best New Musical
    • Best Musical
    • Best Set Design
    • Best Supporting Actor - Musical
    • Best Costumes
    • Best soundtrack
    • Best Musical Director

    Which must be added, for completeness, also another infinite series of nominations.

    Duration, Schedules and Days of programming

    Moulin Rouge! The Musical is held at theAl Hirschfeld Theater of Broadway, a splendid building from the early 900s built in Byzantine-Moorish style, with large and elegant arches embellishing the facade. The show, which lasts about 2 hours and 35 minutes, with an interval between the two acts, is held 6 days a week, except Mondays, at different times:

    • Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 19pm
    • Thursday and Saturday at 14pm and 20pm
    • Friday at 20

    How to reach the theater

    To reach theAl Hirschfeld Theater you can take the subway (lines 7X, A, R, W), or choose bus lines 163, M34A-SBS, M42 and QM15. The theater is located at 302 West 45th Street.

    For more information on getting around, read our guide to using the subway in New York.


    Inspired by Verdi's opera “La Traviata”, Moulin Rouge! The Musical retraces the successful footsteps of the film starring the superb Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, in the role of Satine e Christian. She is a cabaret artist, the undisputed star of the famous Parisian Moulin Rouge, he is an aspiring writer, their love story is set in the bohemian district of Montmartre, in Paris, between genius and recklessness.

    Christian lands in the famous club “where all dreams come true” together with his friends Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Santiago “l'Argentino”. The proposal of the musical is a continuation flash-back e flash-forward which traces the salient moments of the three friends, from their arrival in Paris, to their synergy in trying to create music "never heard before".

    Everything follows a single, romantic fil rouge: the Bohemian cardinal principles of truth, beauty, love and freedom. During the visit, Christian falls in love with Satine, who, however, should "make the best of a bad situation" and save the fortunes of the place, almost on the edge of the abyss.

    Nonetheless, love follows different paths and Satine and Christian begin to live a love story which will, however, be made impossible and tragic by Satine's illness, by the arrogance of the society of the time and by Christian's will to kill himself. if he can't live with Satine. However, the disease takes care of putting an end to any dispute. The second act, in fact, ends with the death of the protagonist, but not before having declared her love for Christian to everyone.

    Romanticism is framed by the nightclubs of the French capital, among heavenly music (over 70 songs), unprecedented scenography (among other things, it should be noted that the front rows are even located in the center of the stage!) and the incredible interpretation of the actors, protagonists and not.

    Why go see it and what to expect

    Exceptional cast, sets that know how to transport the spectators, as if by magic, in the Paris of the Belle Epoque and in one of its iconic places par excellence, the Moulin Rouge, stroboscopic colors and even huge elephants. But above all, music like you've never heard it before. 

    Yes, because the proposed pieces, some sung in full, others only for excerpts or stanzas, permeate the atmosphere from beginning to end. Not only songs from the "past", but also hits from the present, with reinterpretations of songs by Katy Perry (like Firework), Lady Gaga (Bad Romance), Britney Spears (Toxic) and Elton John (Your Song). 

    Finally, it should be remembered that this show is suitable for viewers aged 12 and over.

    Where to buy tickets

    The cost of tickets varies according to the seating position in the theater, the day of programming and the proximity of the date. My advice is to book tickets online in advance, buying them close to the date of the show could raise the price.

    The first site I recommend you look for is Hellotickets (in Spanish), for which a discount code is also available (enter the TRAVEL code to obtain 10 euro discount on a minimum purchase of 150 euros):

    Tickets on Hellotickets

    Tickets can also be purchased on the website Viator in Spanish by clicking on the link below.

    Search for Viator tickets

    Alternatively, they can be purchased on the English platform Ticketnetwork. By comparing the two solutions you can choose the most convenient for you.

    Search for your tickets on Ticketnetwork

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    Where to sleep in the area

    If you want to look for a hotel solution near the Al Hirschfeld Theater or in any case in the Broadway / Times Square area, you can take a look at our in-depth study on where to sleep in New York and in particular the section inside dedicated to the accommodation in Times Square and Broadway.

    For more general advice on staying overnight in the city, on the neighborhoods where to look for accommodation and on how to save, I refer you to our dedicated section:

    Our tips on accommodation in New York

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