Construction issue forces two-week delay for ‘Moulin Rouge!’

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“Moulin Rouge! The Musical’’ was originally scheduled to reopen the renovated Emerson Colonial Theatre on June 27.

In a setback for one of the most keenly anticipated productions of the year and for the return to business of a Boston theater landmark, performances of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical’’ will be delayed two weeks due to a construction problem, and there will be nine fewer performances overall.

Originally scheduled to reopen the Emerson Colonial Theatre on June 27, the first performance of “Moulin Rouge!’’ will now take place on July 10. The closing date of the world-premiere musical remains Aug. 19.

Robert Jones, a spokesman for Ambassador Theatre Group, which operates the Colonial under a long-term lease with theater owner Emerson College, said by e-mail that performances have been “added throughout the run at times when previously no shows were scheduled.’’ The run of “Moulin Rouge!’’ had previously been extended by two weeks. Even though there will be nine fewer performances under the newly revised schedule than were planned when the run was slated for June 27-Aug. 19, Jones wrote that “we feel we will be able to cover demand.’’


According to an announcement by Ambassador Theatre Group, customers who have tickets for any performances affected by the schedule change will be notified by phone and e-mail and “will be able to exchange their tickets for performances later in the run.’’

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A gala performance that had been scheduled for July 22 has been pushed back to July 29.

The Colonial has been undergoing extensive renovations. After being dark since 2015, the theater was slated to reopen on June 27 with the first performance of “Moulin Rouge!,’’ whose producers, Global Creatures, are hoping for a Broadway run after Boston.

But sometime overnight between June 8 and 9, a beam failed in a new steel grid that is located above the Colonial stage. The grid is not part of the theater’s infrastructure or the “Moulin Rouge!’’ set, but is a support structure that contains a rigging system to enable stage crews to deploy scenery, lighting, and other technical elements of a production. The ATG statement said that “the issue has been resolved.’’ The delay in performances was still necessary, according to Jones, to “ensure the integrity of the support moving forward.’’

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