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Museum of Broadway announces ‘Moulin Rouge!’ exhibit

The new offering will open to the public in May.

The company of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” on Broadway, 2019 (Credit: Matthew Murphy)

The Museum of Broadway has announced its next special exhibit. “‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ Spectacular, Spectacular” will open on May 17 and run through Sept. 8. Designed specifically for the museum, the exhibit is being presented in partnership with Chase Freedom.

The exhibit will offer museum attendees a deep dive into the history and design elements of the Broadway production of “Moulin Rouge!” Guests will be immersed into the world of the Belle Époque — the years surrounding turn-of-the-century Paris marked by a renaissance of art and culture — the time period in which the musical is set. Design sketches and swatches of the production’s Tony Award-winning costumes will be on display. There will also be interactive set installations including photo opportunities on the chaise lounge belonging to Satine, the show’s heroine, and an interactive heart-themed wall.

“We are thrilled to bring the beauty of the international smash-hit ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ to life at the Museum of Broadway,” said Julie Boardman, co-founder of the museum, in a statement. “We are excited to spotlight the glamour and grandeur of this iconic show just in time to celebrate its fifth anniversary on Broadway, and transport museumgoers into the spectacular, spectacular world of ‘Moulin Rouge!’”

Based on the 2001 film of the same name, “Moulin Rouge!” opened on July 25, 2019 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The production was nominated for 14 Tony Awards in 2020, winning 10, including the award for Best Musical. Featuring a book by John Logan, the musical is directed by Alex Timbers and choreographed by Sonya Tayeh.

“‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ Spectacular, Spectacular” is the fourth exhibit curated specifically for the museum. Previous exhibits include “SIX: The Royal Gallery,” “All That Jazz: The Legacy of ‘Chicago’ the Musical” and “The American Theatre as Seen by Hirschfeld.”

Co-founded by Boardman and Diane Nicoletti, the Museum of Broadway opened in November 2022.