L. Hadden from Needham, Massachusetts
NOT THE MOVIE!
If you love "Moulin Rouge", the movie, the musical does not replicate it. If you love popular music incorporated into a movie, you will enjoy it. The sets and costumes are spectacular, as is the choreography. The actors' voices are also exceptional. However, I felt I was at a concert rather than a theater experience. The audience clearly recognized and enjoyed all the music included in this adaptation, with shouts and applause whenever a recognizable song was included. So, it's up to the individual whether they want to see an adaptation of the movie or a new interpretation of it.
Lainey Lee from Maine
FLASH AND GLITZ CAN'T SAVE FLAWED SCRIPT AND SCORE.
Number one complaint, this show is sorely lacking in chemistry between the 2 leads. Where was the plot point that we know Satine is dying very early on, that makes the love story (which was non existent) so bitter sweet? Come on, you have consumption with 10 minutes of the show left and boom your dying? This was nothing more than an attempt to mash up as many songs as possible in 3 hrs and charge a pretty penny for it and fool the audience with glitz and glam. Tveit and Olvio should be ashamed of their lack luster chemistry and performances. The ensemble worked very hard to cover the fact they were both mis-cast and no one truly ever believed they were in love. The director created sight line issues, and did not remotely get from his leads what he should have. Poor direction took a flawed script and made it worse. Im sorry, throwing set change after set change doesn't save you! This show needs substance! it needs a better Satine! It needs a director with creativity!
Anon from Boston, Massachusetts
THE TOP 40 SONGS
Loved the film, but this was awful. The top 40 songs take you out of the moment and feel gimicky, and it never hits the so-over-the-top-its-almost-not place the movie gets to. It's close enough to the film, you compare, but far enough to be frustrating. I wanted to leave at intermission. The cast and set are great, music and story need improvement.
Nick from Boston, Massachusetts
SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT
It was awesome to see Tveit and Burstein, and the audience was certainly enthusiastic (seriously; it's worse than the Pops, i.e. theatre for people who don't really do theatre), but the minute I realize that "Firework" was supposed to replace "Fly Away," I knew there was no hope. This was literally the second time in my life I've left a show at intermission, although it was as much to do with the drunk girl behind me screaming her head off and trying to sing along as it was to do with the complete and total lack of character development and the butchering of what, in my mind, is a great film soundtrack. Just about the only numbers that were recognizable were "Spectacular, Spectacular" and "Nature Boy," which was shoehorned in to please fans, presumably, but didn't make sense in terms of the narrative. A huge waste of time and money. More importantly, a sad disappointment as a big fan of the film. Save yourself admission and listen to the Top 40 at home.
Jt from Boston, Massachusetts
LAS VEGAS/DISNEY WIN-- MUSICAL DIES BEFORE ONE'S EYES
Garish sets and a soccer houligan audience (that screams, whistles and hollers at every over the top moment) do not make a musical. This politically correct adaptation aims for the easy mind-numbing fakeness of an episode of American Idol. It is not necessarily the liberties taken: the aristocrat Toulouse-Lautrec becomes what seems to be a nihilist from some french african colony, who can't seem to remember how to make the noises associated with his bad accent; absinthe is taken straight out the bottle; zidler is gay; satine a mashup of lola montez and charo, but the charmless acting and lack of character development that might strike a theater fan. the audience loved it, swilling beer and throwing the empty cans under the seats. the over-amplified voices unfortunately could be heard over the audience din. the elaborate costumes could not quite hide the lack of acting skills. i suspect it has all the makings of a vulgar superhit.
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