MOULIN ROUGE! Celebrates Their 10 Tony Awards At Tonight’s Performance


Tony Award Winner Danny Burstein | Photo: Rebecca J Michelson/Theatrely

Kobi Kassal
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September 28, 2021 11:45 PM

On any typical night at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre before the curtain rises for Moulin Rouge! The Musical, there is a certain excitement that brews in the air. Walking in and seeing Derek McLane’s Tony winning scenic design truly immerses the audience in a way that is so rarely experienced in a Broadway house.

But tonight was different. Tonight was the first performance since the team took home ten Tony Awards this past Sunday at the 74th Annual Tonys. Those awards included Best Musical, Best Scenic Design for Derek McLane, Best Sound Design for Peter Hylenski, Best Costume Design for Catherine Zuber, Best Lighting Design for Justin Townsend, and Best Orchestrations for Justin Levine with Matt Stine, Katie Kresek, and Charlie Rosen.

The musical also took home Best Choreography for Sonya Tayeh and Best Direction for Alex Timbers, who both welcomed the audience to a rapturous standing ovation at the top of the show. “This is our first show after a very exciting Sunday night. On behalf of everyone in this building, we are so excited to share this evening with you,” said Timbers. “It was absolutely thrilling to see all of our community celebrated, and we are so happy that you are here,” added Tayeh.  

The Cast of Moulin Rouge! | Photo: Rebecca J Michelson/Theatrely

In the acting categories, Aaron Tveit took home the award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portal as Christian and Danny Burstein finally received his long overdue medal for playing the exuberant emcee Harold Zidler. Both Tveit and Burstein received standing ovations at their entrances from a welcoming crowd that was all here to celebrate this spectacular extravaganza. 

Chatting with one audience member sitting next to me during intermission, he mentioned he was in the audience tonight specifically for Mr. Burstein. He went on to tell me he has always been a fan of the 57-year-old actor and seen him perform many times throughout the years. “I just knew I had to be in the house for his first performance after winning,” he told me. When asking how it was as we walked out this evening, he provided a two word answer. “Worth it.”

Alongside Tveit and Burstein, the cast is led by Natalie Mendoza as Satine, Tony and Olivier Award nominee Sahr Ngaujah as Toulouse-Lautrec, Tam Mutu as The Duke of Monroth, Ricky Rojas as Santiago, and Tony Award nominee Robyn Hurder as Nini. Ashley Loren is the Satine Alternate. The company also includes Jacqueline B. Arnold, Holly James, Jeigh Madjus, Joe Beauregard, Keely Beirne, Giovanni Bonaventura, Olutayo Bosede, Maya Bowles, Kyle Brown, Sam J. Cahn, Bobby Daye, Mia DeWeese, Karli Dinardo, Tilly Evans-Krueger, Aaron C. Finley, Bahiyah Hibah, Cameron Mitchell Jackson, Tasia Jungbauer, Jose-Luis Lopez Jr., Reed Luplau, Kara Menendez, Kaitlin Mesh, Fred Odgaard, Dylan Paul, Khori Michelle Petinaud, Benjamin Rivera, Julius Anthony Rubio, Travis Ward-Osborne, Brandon Stonestreet and Ericka Hunter Yang.

After tonight, one thing is clear. Both New York and the Tony Voters love the Moulin Rouge, and it’s clear it is here to stay for a very long time. 

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” is running at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on 45th Street. For tickets and more information, visit here

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Kobi Kassal

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!

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