Moulin Rouge! The Musical Announces Creative Team

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Based on the 2001 Twentieth Century Fox Motion Picture by Baz Luhrmann

Additional Creative Team Announced

Derek McLane (Sets), Catherine Zuber (Costumes), 

Justin Townsend (Lighting), Peter Hylenski (Sound) 

Justin Levine (Music Supervisor, Orchestrator, Arranger)

Matt Stine (Music Producer)

and Sonya Tayeh (Choreography)

Book by John Logan

Directed by Alex Timbers


Producer Carmen Pavlovic (Global Creatures) has announced the creative team for Moulin Rouge! The Musical, based on the 2001 Twentieth Century Fox Motion Picture by Baz Luhrmann.


Joining the previously announced book writer John Logan and director Alex Timbers will be Sonya Tayeh (Lucille Lortel and Obie Award winner and Drama Desk nominee for Kung Fu) as choreographer.


The design team includes Derek McLane (Sets, Tony Award winner for 33 Variations), Catherine Zuber (Costumes, six Tony Awards including The King and I), Justin Townsend (Lighting, multi Tony Award nominee), Peter Hylenski (Sound, multi Tony Award nominee) and David Brian Brown (Wig and Hair Design, Drama Desk winner for War Paint).


The score will bring some of the most beloved popular music of the last 50 years to the stage. Justin Levine is Music Supervisor, Orchestrator and Arranger and Matt Stine is Music Producer.


Bill Damaschke is the Executive Producer. General Management is by Foresight Theatrical.


Casting, by casting directors Jim Carnahan and Stephen Kopel, will be announced in the coming months.


The premiere engagement of Moulin Rouge! The Musical will be announced soon.


Carmen Pavlovic (Producer and CEO of Global Creatures) said “We’ve assembled a dazzling team of Tony Award winners and nominees to join Alex Timbers and John Logan in re-imagining Baz Luhrmann’s remarkable film for the stage. These artists are at the forefront of the very best creative works being made today. The thrilling challenge we’ve laid down to this accomplished team is to make something that feels as unique and unexpected today as what audiences first experienced when the film burst its way into our hearts at the turn of the new millennium. I have no doubt that they will surpass that goal.” 


Released by Twentieth Century Fox, Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.  At the 74th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two.  


Moulin Rouge! The Musical tells the story of a young poet/writer, Christian, who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress and courtesan, Satine, using the musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France.  





John Logan (Book) received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Drama League awards for his play Red. This play premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. Since then Red has had more than 200 productions across the US and has been presented in over 30 countries. In 2013, his play Peter and Alice premiered in London and I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers opened on Broadway. He also co-wrote the book for the musical The Last Ship and is the author of more than a dozen other plays including Never the Sinner and Hauptmann. As a screenwriter, Logan has been three times nominated for the Oscar and has received a Golden Globe, BAFTA, WGA, Edgar, and PEN Center award. His film work includes Skyfall, Spectre, Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator, Rango, Genius, Coriolanus, Sweeney Todd, The Last Samurai, Any Given Sunday and RKO 281. He created and produced the television series “Penny Dreadful” for Showtime.



Alex Timbers (Director) is a two-time Tony-nominated director and writer and the recipient of Golden Globe, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as two OBIE and Lortel Awards. Directing credits include Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s Oh Hello on Broadway (also aired on Netflix), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (also book writer; Drama Desk Award- Best Book, Lortel and OCC Awards- Best Musical, Tony nomination- Best Book), Peter and the Starcatcher (co-director, OBIE Award- Best Director, Tony nomination- Best Director), Here Lies Love(Lortel Award- Best Director, Drama Desk and OCC nominations- Best Director, London Evening Standard Award), The Robber Bridegroom (Lortel Award- Best Revival), Rocky (Drama Desk and OCC nominations- Best Director), The Pee-wee Herman Show (also aired on HBO), Gutenberg! (Drama Desk nom.- Best Director), Hell House (Drama Desk nom.), A Very Merry Unauthorized Pageant (OBIE Award). TV: “Mozart in the Jungle.” Recipient of the 2016 Jerome Robbins Award.



Sonya Tayeh (Choreographer) has worked internationally across the worlds of dance and theater. Known for her blend of powerful versatility and theatrical range, she has gleaned numerous accolades for her work, including a Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for “Outstanding Choreography” for her work on David Henry Hwang’s dance-play, Kung Fu (for which she was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award), and two Emmy nominations for Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Tayeh has worked with world renowned music artists including Miley Cyrus (directed/choreographed The Gypsy Heart Tour), Florence and the Machine (choreographed performances for “The Brit Awards,” “The Voice” and “American Idol”), and Kylie Minogue (choreographed Aphrodite World Tour). Her range of selected credits include: you’ll still call me by name, an original work choreographed and directed for her commission from Bill T. Jones’ institution New York Live Arts, Martha Graham Dance Company’s Lamentation Variation series; Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (City Center Encores! / dir. Leigh Silverman), As You Like It (Public Theater’s Public Works, dir. Laurie Woolery); The Skin of Our Teeth (Theatre For A New Audience, dir. Arin Arbus); Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage Company / dir. Rachel Chavkin); The Last Goodbye (Old Globe / dir. Alex Timbers). Upcoming credits include: The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova, dir. Anne Kauffman), The Bengsons’ Hundred Days (NYTW, dir. Anne Kauffman), and newly commissioned pieces for the Hudson Valley Dance Festival, MalpasoDance Company (The Music Center/LA), and Jacob’s Pillow.



Justin Levine (Music Supervisor, Orchestrator, Arranger) is a New York based composer, arranger, music director and performer. Recent projects include: Shakespeare in the Park’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (original music, Delacorte Theater), VEVO X LORDE: Melodrama (vocal arranger/supervisor for video project conceived by Lorde, rearranging songs off her latest record at Electric Lady Studios),Contemporary Color (music supervisor for concert/color guard project conceived and directed by David Byrne at the Barclay’s Center and Air Canada Center), Halfway Home (music and lyrics, book by Adam Bock, MTC commission), Bonfire Night (book, music and lyrics, NAMT), The Weight of Smoke (original music with Matt Stine for Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, choreographed by Doug Elkins at Lincoln Center), Pepper and Sam: Death By Vaudeville (co-conceived with Salty Brine, Ars Nova). Collaborations with Alex Timbers: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (music director, co-orchestrator, cast at Public Theater and Broadway), Here Lies Love (music director, Public Theater, London’s National Theater, Seattle Rep, MassMoca), Love’s Labour’s Lost (music director, co-orchestrator, cast for original musical adaptation composed by Michael Friedman for Shakespeare in the Park), Robber Bridegroom (music director, co-orchestrator, Roundabout Theater), Murder Ballad (music director, orchestrator, Manhattan Theater Club and Union Square Theater). Composer commissions from Williamstown Theater Festival, Manhattan Theater Club, Ars Nova, The Old Globe and Naked Angels.



Matt Stine (Music Producer) is a Sound Designer, Music Producer and composer for Broadway and Off-Broadway theater, dance, TV and film. He is also co-writer of the children’s book, Little Chef (Feiwel and Friends, Macmillan Publishing). He is not the first author in his family, his father is Goosebumps author R.L. Stine. Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include: Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street Theatre - Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Outstanding Sound Design), Here Lies Love (Music Producer, The Public Theater/Royal National Theatre/Seattle Rep), Misery (Music Producer, Broadway), Dead Poets Society (Sound Design, Classic Stage Company), The Liar (Sound Design, Classic Stage Company ), A Christmas Carol (Music Producer, McCarter Theater), The Clearing (Sound Designer, 59E59), The Black Crook (Sound Design, Abrons Art Center), Nathan The Wise (Sound Design, Classic Stage Company), Mother Courage And Her Children (Sound Design, Classic Stage Company), The Tempest (Music Producer, Delacorte Theater), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Music Supervisor, Delacorte Theater). Composer credits include: The Weight Of Smoke (Paul Taylor Dance Company), Mo(or)town/Redux and Hapless Bizarre (Doug Elkins choreography, etc.). Album Production: Love’s Labour’s Lost(Sh-K-Boom Records), The Remix Collection From Here Lies Love (Todomundo!).



Derek McLane (Sets). Worldwide, Derek has designed over 300 productions for Broadway, off-Broadway, internationally and for television. On Broadway, nearly 40 productions include The Price, Fully Committed, Beautiful, the Carole King Musical, Noise Off, The Heiress, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Best Man, Follies, Anything Goes (Tony Award, Best Revival), How to Succeed in Business…, Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo…., Million Dollar QuartetRagtimeMan and Boy, 33 Variations (Tony Award, Best Scenic Design), GreaseLestatLittle Women, The Pajama Game (Tony Award, Best Revival); The Threepenny Opera; I Am My Own Wife (Tony Award, Best Play); The Women; Present Laughter; London Assurance; Holiday; The Three Sisters. He has designed the Academy Awards for the last 5 years, and has designed 4 live musicals for NBC, including Hairspray and The Wiz. Off-Broadway: Buried Child; Love, Love, Love; Into The Woods; Two Gentlemen of Verona; Ruined; Lie of the Mind; The Voysey Inheritance. Many Opera and theatre designs in London, Dublin, Glasgow, Moscow, Krakow, Caracas, Sydney, and Warsaw. He serves on the Board of Directors of The New Group, The Fiasco Theater Company and has for 15 years been a mentor TDF’s Open Doors program. Awards: Winner of 2 OBIE Awards, 3 Lucille Lortel Award, 2 Art Director’s Guild Awards, the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, and two Emmy Awards. 



Catherine Zuber (Costumes). Broadway: War Paint (Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony nomination), Oslo, Fiddler on the Roof, The King & I (Tony Award), Gigi (Drama Desk Award), Golden Boy (Tony nomination), The Big Knife, Enemy of the People, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Tony nomination), Born Yesterday, (Tony nomination), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Royal Family (Tony Award), South Pacific (Tony Award), The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), The Light in the Piazza (Tony Award), Edward Albee’s Seascape (Tony nomination), Awake and Sing! (Tony Award), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Blood & Gifts, Oleanna, Cry-Baby, Mauritius, Doubt, Little Women, Dinner at Eight (Tony nomination, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations), Twelfth Night (Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination), Ivanov, Triumph of Love (Drama Desk nomination), The Sound of Music, The Red Shoes among others. Opera: Otello, L’Elisir d’Amour, Le Compte d’Ory, Les Contes d’Hoffman, Doctor Atomic, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The 125th Anniversary Gala (The Metropolitan Opera);Two Boys, Carmen (ENO); Roméo et Juliette ( Metropolitan Opera, Salzburger Festspiele, La Scala); Des Ring des Nibelungen (Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera); South Pacific (Sydney Opera House). Off-Broadway: BAM/Old Vic’s The Bridge Project 2009, 2010, 2011 (Richard III, The Cherry Orchard, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, The Tempest). 2016 Induction: Theater Hall of Fame; 2012 Olivier Award nomination, 2003 and 2004 Henry Hewes Award for Outstanding Costume Design, 2004 Lucille Lortel Award, 2004 Ovation Award, 1997 and 2005 Obie Award for Sustained Achievement. In 2016, Catherine was inducted into The Theater Hall of Fame and received the Irene SharaffLifetime Achievement Award. Other: 1999 Fête des Vignerons, Vevey, Switzerland. Catherine is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.



Justin Townsend (Lighting) is an international lighting designer for performance. His Broadway lighting designs include: American Psycho (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Henry Hewes Award), The Humans (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), Little FoxesPresent LaughterCasa ValentinaA Night with Janis Joplin (NAACP Theatre Award), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeThe Other Place, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Hewes Nomination, OCC Nomination). As Creative Director, Justin collaborates with Grammy-winning recording artist Drake, most recently creating a 50'-tall replica of the top of the CN Tower for Drake's OvO Fest in Toronto. The two also paired up this year on the rapper's “Boy Meets World” European tour. Off Broadway work includes Joan of Arc: Into the FireHere Lies Love,(Public, Drama Desk for HLL); Vietgone,(MTC); Pretty Filthy,(Civilians); Mr. Burns, a Post Electric Play,(Playwrights); Odyssey, A Winter’s Tale,(Publicworks); Venus at Signature Theater; Unnatural Acts,(Classic Stage Company, Lucille Lortel Award). He maintains a strong relationship with the experimental Off-Broadway theater scene as most recently making Kidnap Road with Elena Araoz at LaMama, Ten out of Twelve at Soho Rep, and Longing Lasts Longer with Penny Arcade at St. Anne’s Warehouse. Justin received an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design in 2014. He is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College dedicated to affordable theatrical education and training.



Peter Hylenski (Sound). Grammy, Olivier, four time Tony nominated. Selected Designs include: Frozen, Anastasia, Something Rotten, Rock of Ages, After Midnight, Motown, The Scottsboro Boys, Side Show, Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Shrek the Musical, On A Clear Day, Lend Me A Tenor, Elf, Wonderland, Cry Baby, The Times They Are A-Changin’, The Wedding SingerSweet Charity, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Little Women, Brooklyn. Other credits: Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas, Ragtime (London), Rocky Das MusicalKing Kong.



David Brian Brown (Wig/Hair Design). Broadway: Frozen, Dear Evan Hansen, War Paint (Drama Desk Award),She Loves MeCurious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Gigi, If/ThenBridges of Madison County, Macbeth,The Nance, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Death of a Salesman, FolliesSister Act, ArcadiaA Steady Rain, Bye Bye Birdie,Shrek, The Country Girl, Little MermaidLegally BlondeButley, Tarzan, Wedding Singer, The Odd CoupleChita A Dancers LifeThe Woman In White, Spamalot, Dirty Rotten ScoundrelMambo KingsGlass Menagerie, Dracula,Fiddler on the RoofNineGypsy, Flower Drum SongBoys From Syracuse, Sweet Smell of SuccessThe Invention Of Love, Aida, The Adventures of Tom SawyerThe RainmakerThe Iceman Cometh, Annie Get Your GunLittle MeChicago, Sideshow1776, The Herbal BedSteel Pier, King David, BigSunset Boulevard, Artist Descending A Staircase. World Premiere of Whistle Down The Wind. Off Broadway: Southern Comfort, Far From Heaven, Giant.TV/Film credits include: “Peter Pan Live”-NBC, “The Sound of Music Live” - NBC, “It’s Complicated,” “Angels In America” - HBO (Emmy Nomination), Too Wong Foo…, The Paper, A Time To LiveLiza in ConcertThe Invisible Thread.


Baz Luhrmann/BAZMARK. Born in Sydney, Australia, Baz Luhrmann has captured the popular and critical imagination with a range of award-winning projects in film, opera, theatre, and music.  Most recently, he  wrote, produced, and directed on “The Get Down” for Netflix that premiered in 2016.  His most recent film is the Oscar® winning adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (2013), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton. Earlier works include Australia (2008), starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, the Oscar® -winning Moulin Rouge! (2001) featuring Kidman and Ewan McGregor, his boldly luminous version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), starring DiCaprio and Claire Danes, and the celebrated Strictly Ballroom (1992), starring Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice. The soundtrack albums for The Great GatsbyRomeo + Juliet, and Moulin Rouge! executive produced by Luhrmann, have sold more than 14 million copies. The Great Gatsby received 2 Academy Awards® for Art Direction and Costume Design, a BAFTA for production design and 13 AACTA awards. Moulin Rouge! won three Golden Globes® and received eight Academy Award® nominations, with Catherine Martin winning two for Art Direction and Costume Design. Australia won four AFI® Awards. It is the second highest-grossing Australian film of all time. Strictly Ballroom was conceived by Luhrmann as a short play while a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). It was while producing an extended version at the Sydney Theatre Company in 1988 that he met Catherine Martin, one of the company’s designers. He later directed and co-wrote the film which premiered at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the Prix de la Jeunesse. It would go on to win eight AFI® Awards. In 1997, Luhrmann married Catherine Martin, his longtime creative collaborator. They have two children, Lillian and William. The same year they founded Bazmark, a multi-media company with the motto “A life lived in fear is a life half lived”. His production of La Bohème for Opera Australia won acclaim in 1990. His later production of La Bohème on Broadway in 2002 was lauded by critics and was nominated for seven Tony® Awards, including Best Revival and Best Director for Luhrmann. It won the Tony® Award for Best Scenic Design. Other opera productions include Lake Lost, which won a Victorian Green Room Award for Best Director in 1988, and Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream which received a Victorian Green Room Award for Best Director, a Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle award for Best Director and the Critic’s Prize at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003. Luhrmann came full circle when he directed the stage musical adaptation of Strictly Ballroom which opened in Sydney, Australia in April 2014.


Catherine Martin/BAZMARK, costume and production designer, has collaborated with Baz Luhrmann on his films and theatre productions for over 20 years. With Luhrmann, Martin is a partner in Bazmark Inq, which includes subsidiaries Bazmark Live and Bazmark Music. Martin began collaborating with Luhrmann during her final year at NIDA, when she was hired by Luhrmann's theatre company to design Lake Lost for the Australian Opera. This earned Catherine and colleague Angus Strathiea Victorian Green Room Award. Since then, Martin has designed Luhrmann’s productions of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for which she won the Sydney Theatre Critic’s Award for Best Opera Design, and a version of Puccini’s opera La Bohème set in 1957. The latter went to Broadway in 2002 earning critical acclaim and winning Martin the Tony Award®. Martin made her film debut with Luhrmann on Strictly Ballroom (1992), winning BAFTA and AFI Best Production Design and Best Costume Design Awards. For William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), also directed by Luhrmann, she won another BAFTA for Best Production Design and an Academy Award® Nomination for Best Art Direction. In 2001, Martin won two Academy Awards® for Costume Design and Art Direction for Moulin Rouge!  among numerous other awards. Martin was Production & Costume Designer and Co-Producer of Australia in 2008 which earned her an Academy Award® Nomination for Costume Design. Martin and Luhrmann guest edited the first signature edition of Vogue Australia (January, 1994) and designed the look of 2004’s Chanel No. 5: The Film, a global campaign starring Nicole Kidman for which Martin designed sets, while Karl Lagerfeld designed costumes. Following up, Luhrmann created and directed another Chanel No. 5 film starring Gisele Bundchen with Production Design by Martin and Costumes by Karl Lagerfeld. Martin has her own homewares brand, Catherine Martin Home, collaborating with Designer Rugs and Mokum Textiles. Her rugs and fabrics feature prominently in the Faena Hotel, Miami Beach. Martin worked with Luhrmann again as Production & Costume Designer and a producer on The Great Gatsby (2013), garnering two Academy Awards® for both Production and Costume Design. In 2014, Martin collaborating with Luhrmann on his stage production, Strictly Ballroom The Musical, as both Costume and Set Designer.  Martin’s latest venture was working on Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix Original Series “The Get Down” on which she Co-Costume and Production Designed with Jeriana San Juan and Karen Murphy respectively on Episode One and continued on the project in the capacity of Executive Producer. Catherine divides her time between Sydney, New York and Paris and has two beautiful children, Lillian and William.


Moulin Rouge is a spectacular universe where all of the emotions, surprises and effervescence of the Parisian celebration have been experienced, invented and shared since 1889. The Moulin Rouge has built its reputation with the famous “French Cancan” and its sumptuous revues featuring large musical numbers, stunning décor and delicate costumes: Spectacular, Spectacular…!, which today ensure both its position as the leader in France and its international renown.


Global Creatures is at the forefront of innovative stagecraft and spectacular theatricality. Global Creatures’ first venture was Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular. Based on the eponymous award-winning BBC-TV series, the live show was developed through the integration of state-of-the-art animatronics. The production was conceived and developed in Australia and made its international debut in 2007. The show has since toured the world and become a phenomenal global success story. Global Creatures and Dreamworks Theatrical co-produced, How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular, which premiered in 2012 in Australia and went on to complete a North American tour. The company then joined forces with The National Theatre of Great Britain to produce the Australian premiere season of the acclaimed Tony Award-winning theatre show, War Horse.  In 2013 Global Creatures premiered the ground-breaking theatre production King Kong at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne. The show’s “leading man” is arguably the most authentic, technologically-advanced puppet in the world. Audiences have been stunned and spellbound by Kong’s life-like attributes, both physical and emotional. King Kong will make its Broadway debut in the fall of 2018 at the Broadway Theatre.  Global Creatures joined with Bazmark to bring Baz Luhrmann’s popular 1992 hit Australian film Strictly Ballroom to the stage. Strictly Ballroom The Musical had its global premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, Sydney, in 2014 and will make its West End debut at the Piccadilly Theatre, London on 11th April 2018. In 2017, Global Creatures and Sydney Theatre Company will premiere Muriel’s Wedding TheMusical which will play at Sydney’s Roslyn Packer Theatre, as a major highlight of Sydney Theatre Company’s 2017 season.

Trevor Chauvin