“Moulin Rouge!” hits the stage

Moulin Rouge! is the Broadway stage adaptation of the movie musical. The Broadway show stars Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo, who play the main characters Christian and Satine, respectively. The musical is about Christian, a composer, and Satine, an actress, falling in love while putting on a show in the Moulin Rouge for the villainous Duke of Monroth, played by Tam Mutu. The 19 songs are different mashups of many pop songs over the last 50 or so years. There are some songs from the movie such as “El Tango De Roxanne”, “Elephant Love Medley”, and “Your Song”.

This musical’s cast album is one of the most fun, energetic, and artistic pieces I’ve heard in awhile. It takes the songs most of us are familiar with and uses them in new and exciting ways. Every member of the cast are excellent singers who really bring their best to the songs they’re on. 

Some highlights are “The Sparkling Diamond,” “Shut Up And Raise Your Glass,” “Backstage Romance,” “Only Girl In A Material World,” and “Crazy Rolling.” 

Karen Olivo really shines in “The Sparkling Diamond,” and it is she who holds the number in place. Olivo is a real powerhouse of a singer, and her chemistry with Aaron Tveit on “Shut Up And Raise Your Glass” and “Crazy Rolling” is absolutely electric. They just work so well together. You can really feel the emotions behind what they’re singing and how it ties into the story. 

The musical’s composer took some daring risks with the pop songs sampled, but he took them in new and interesting directions. He made a tango number out of “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, along with a few other songs, called “Backstage Romance”. 

There’s so much going on in the song, and when they raise the volume, it fills the air with a tinge of excitement. “Backstage Romance” certainly earned its place as one of my favorite tracks on the album.

Now, my absolute favorite track on the album as to be ‘Only Girl In A Material World,’ which takes Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World)” and changes it to be from a man’s perspective. It’s meant to be the Duke of Monroth’s song to Satine about how he wants to be the only one she loves. The song has such an insidious feel to it, and it fully displays just how much of a villain he is. And Tam Mutu has a very smooth voice that pulls off the right amount of menace needed. It’s the perfect number to show off how twisted the Duke is.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is the perfect Broadway cast album to listen to on a rainy day to raise your spirits. 

It has the energy, fun, and excitement needed to make your day a little bit brighter. The album has become a quick favorite of mine that I listen to quite often. 

I can’t recommend it highly enough. The cast album has been released since Aug. 30th. Please check it out if you’ve got the time!

~Shannon Garrett, Staff Writer~

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