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Colonial Theatre to reopen June 27 with ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’

A “Moulin Rouge” poster was placed in the lightboxes at the Colonial Theatre in November by Steven Ehrenberg (top) and Justin Bolla.David L Ryan/Globe Staff

Producers announced Tuesday that a Broadway-bound stage adaptation of the film “Moulin Rouge’’ will run at the Colonial Theatre from June 27 to Aug. 5, for a total of 36 performances.

Titled “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,’’ the world-premiere production will reopen the storied, 118-year-old Colonial, which has been dark since October 2015 while undergoing millions of dollars in renovations.

No cast has been announced yet for the stage musical version of “Moulin Rouge,’’ and no dates or venue have been announced for the Broadway run. But a spokesman said Tuesday by e-mail that the show “is definitely headed to Broadway.’’

The Colonial is operated by the London-based Ambassador Theatre Group, an international producing and presenting organization that has entered into a long-term lease with Emerson College, owner of the Colonial, to run the theater. “Moulin Rouge! The Musical’’ is being produced by Global Creatures. Executives at ATG, which is presenting the Boston engagement of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,’’ have said they hope it will help restore the Colonial to its former status as a pre-Broadway tryout house.

Apparently wishing to give the production plenty of time to work out any kinks before reviewers deliver their verdicts, producers have scheduled the official opening night — when the show is open to review by critics — for July 22, nearly a month into the run.


The stage musical is an adaptation of the feverish 2001 Baz Luhrmann film about a doomed romance in Paris in 1899 between a cabaret performer and courtesan played by Nicole Kidman and a writer portrayed by Ewan McGregor.

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical’’ will be directed by Alex Timbers (“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,’’ “Peter and the Starcatcher’’), with music drawn from the movie, along with more recent pop hits. Writing the book is John Logan, a Tony Award winner for “Red,’’ a drama about the painter Mark Rothko. Choreography is by Sonya Tayeh, with set design by Derek McLane, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Justin Townsend, and sound design by Peter Hylenski.


Tickets, which start at $55, will go on sale to the general public on Jan. 28 and will be available at 888-616-0272 or www.EmersonColonialTheatre.com.

Don Aucoin can be reached at aucoin@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeAucoin