Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Moulin Rouge!’ to hit stage as musical

Baz Luhrmann's 'Moulin Rouge!' to hit stage as musical
Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Moulin Rouge!’ to hit stage as musical

The Oscar-winning film “Moulin Rouge!” by Australian director Baz Luhrmann is being developed as a musical for the stage, its producers said Thursday.

The Australian company Global Creatures said the opening venue and dates would be announced later.

The 2001 music-packed film tells the tale of a poet who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge, a Paris night club, at the turn of the 20th century.

Almost the entire soundtrack featured covers of music by hitmakers such as The Police, David Bowie and Elton John, among others.

Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor had the leading roles in the film, which took in $179 million at the box office worldwide, according to specialist website Box Office Mojo.

The film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Kidman. It won two: for best art and set direction, and for best costume design.

For its stage incarnation, the book will be created by US playwright John Logan, who wrote “Red”, a play about artist Mark Rothko that won a 2010 Tony as Best Play.

Logan’s film work includes “The Aviator,” “Gladiator,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Spectre,” the latest James Bond film.

The director of the “Moulin Rouge!” stage musical will be Alex Timbers, co-creator and co-executive producer of the television show “Mozart in the Jungle,” broadcast by Amazon and winner of two Golden Globe awards this year.

The Tony-nominated director has won awards for New York shows including “Peter and the Starcatcher” and the musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”.