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Moulin Rouge! The Musical Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (4.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 17

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5.0 star rating Jace A. from Chicago, Illinois

LOVE, LAUGHTER, BEAUTY AND MORE!

I cannot begin to describe how much I loved this production. The amount of raw emotion and passion that I could feel through out the show was unreal. Best first broadway show of Chicago! If you want some non-stop laughter and experience love in all colors please go see Moulin Rouge.

5.0 star rating Bob Banz from Chicago, Illinois

MOULIN ROUGE

A great evening of entertainment. The cast is excellent with song and energy. The best lighting I’ve seen in a musical. An impossible creation blending in about 70 songs. Conor Ryan is perfect for Christian. So is Courtney Reed as Satine. August Durant from the Broadway Zidler couldn’t be better. Don’t miss the show!

5.0 star rating Lezah Green from Chicago, Illinois

THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN'T HAVE A GOOD TIME!

I saw this show yesterday and it was a wonderful musical to see when one has not been in a theater for over two years. It was a just plain fun show. The music, the dancing, the singing, the acting, and the set were all spectacular. I knew every song in the show. I read a review that criticized the show for plugging in new music but it was great. At the end of the play, during the standing ovation, people were clapping to the music and singing back to the cast. It was a nice way to be welcomed back to the theater.

5.0 star rating Jim K from Joliet, Illinois

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! BLOWN AWAY!!

The singers/dancers were phenomenal. The intermingling of modern songs we all know was beautiful & used impeccably within the script/setting. The stage & settings while impressive, were simple support for a very talented cast without being over bearing. Great direction gave performance a flow that left you wanting more. Funny, energetic, happy, exciting, sad, anger, intensity, this musical will touch every emotion! Totally absorbs you!!

5.0 star rating Jessica Schriefer from Chicago

SPECTACULAR!

All the original songs and tons of current music! It was so visually stimulating and upbeat and fun. I want to see it many more times. Great cast .

5.0 star rating Iris from Chicago, Illinois

MUST SEE

Loved the music, the sets and the cast was incredible! If you want a few hours of escape , this is it!

5.0 star rating from Chicago, Illinois

WOULD SEE IT AGAIN!

High energy, great songs, touching love story, fabulous cast. I went with my 14 yr old niece & we loved it. My favorite of the season so far!

5.0 star rating Maureen Becker from Chicago, Illinois

THE ARTISTRY IS AMAZING

The performers beyond outstanding. The music just makes you smile so wide, while chair dancing, from start to finish. Music so well mixed, and fun crafty humor. The dancing well, beyond any show I've ever seen. Never saw a more entertaining uplifting musical in my life. The costumes are stunning, exciting, and the movement a visual art. The stage production, extraordinarily impressive. I always repeat myself, but this show is a Must See. Bravo to the company, I'll be smiling for a long long time, cuz I CAN CAN CAN! Never did this before I went twice! BRAVO!

5.0 star rating Barbara Rowland from Highlander Ranch, Co

MOULIN ROUGE

I just saw Moulin Rouge at the Buell Theater on Sunday, and it was fabulous! A professional troop, where the performer's, their singing, dancing, and music were all outstanding! It was an energetic, and lively few hours of entertainment. Absolutely 💯 % recommend this show.

5.0 star rating from Denver, Colorado

MOULIN ROUGE

One of the best musicals we have seen in years. Love all the pop songs interwoven in the script. Funny, great sets, actors are excellent!

4.0 star rating Eau from Chicago, Illinois

A LOT OF FUN, GORGEOUS SETS AND COSTUMES, SINGING SPOTTY

We were thoroughly entertained - and was a good venue for our 6th grader too, arguably slightly less risqué than the movie. The sets are perfect, dazzling, exquisite! Same for costumes. I wish the stars had been as enthralling. Sateen was flat and her voice strange enough I wondered if she’d been sick - maybe so. Christian was an understudy, hung in there and did well enough not to distract. Ziegler and Toulouse were wonderful and absorbing, couldn’t separate the actors from their characters, which is how I like it!

3.0 star rating Dan Peterson from Chicago, Illinois

A MUSICAL MADE FOR TIK TOK OR INSTAGRAM

Lighting, check. Set, check. Music, check (assuming you can live with 15 to 30 seconds of any one tune). Depth....meh. To be fair, a handful of songs are fully peformed (I would hate to see the licensing cost for this show). The best description on a reveiw I've seen is that the show is "pretty close to karaoke". Doesn't make it bad, just not sure it makes it Broadway. It has its fair share of laughs and the crowd did really seem to enjoy it, including clapping and singing along at times. Will you have fun...probably. Will you remember this as one of the great shows you've seen...probably not, at least I didn't.

3.0 star rating from Chicago, Illinois

MOSTLY MEH

I found the show to be more disappointing than I'd like to say, but that's not due to the cast and crew. Set was lovely and lighting was great. The cast did a good job. I felt this show shouldnt just be called 'Moulin Rouge' but rather some pop-culture rendition of it. They cut a lot of the old songs out or sang a few bars of it and then threw in something current instead. As someone who absolutely loves the movie, this ruined it for me. If you go in expecting something more true to the film version, as far as music goes, you will be disappointed.

3.0 star rating Jayne Eardley from Chicago, Illinois

SADLY LACKING

I was lucky enough to see Moulin Rouge in the West End a week ago. As it was so good, I did not hesitate to book again while visiting Chicago. I can only say I’m heart broken. Although the set and costumes is just as brilliant, sadly, the performance and sound quality is not. The atmosphere in the theatre was dire… no one danced or sang along which was stark contrast to the electric ‘buzz’ to the UK. So disappointing

3.0 star rating Veronica Smith from Chicago, Illinois

POP CULTURE INSPIRED

The main characters Christian and Satin are not as breathtaking as you want them to be. As you are watching you want to enjoy songs that are associated with this musical the most but instead you find a medley of pop culture songs. There were a lot of disappointing moments. I also don't understand why you have to throw jokes all around. Sometimes you want to embrace the deepness of emotions.

2.0 star rating Mariann Springer from Los Angeles, California

MOULIN ROUGE

Costumes, set, and talent are excellent. The story is ridiculous, trite, and simple. Is it a variety show or re-hash of known songs? A total disappointment unless you are ready to be dazzled by the set and costumes.

1.0 star rating Thomas C. from Denver, Colorado

ROUGH

I don't know where to start. I hated the Movie but really like the cast recording & thought on stage it would be better. I also hoped that a couple of decades would have improved or my criticism mellowed. The audience was laughing @ the horribly written lines & they were the "serious" moments. That was distracting & I felt terrible for the actors. Sets, Costumes, lighting & the performers were great. Just the Book is so bad. I know there wasn't much TONY competition the year it won so I can understand how it won so many. I've never seen so many leave at intermission. I was looking so forward to it too. I just counted this as my charitable donation to the ARTS.

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