Top 10 Fun Facts About Moulin Rouge! The Musical

  1. The Regent Theatre is much bigger than the one in which it is staged on Broadway, meaning everything had to be scaled up and adapted for the Australian premiere.
  2. The majority of the set was built in Adelaide, except for the elephant which was made in the US and shipped to Melbourne.
  3. The windmill was made locally in Ballarat by Form Imagination. It took 20 people 2 months to build.
  4. The elephant appears in both the film and inside the actual Moulin Rouge in Paris. It is 5.1m tall and weighs 220kg.
  5. There are 3 colour-changing, layered hearts that make up the heart portal set piece.
  6. There are 12 mismatched chandeliers that each have their own character to reflect a bohemian atmosphere club owner Zidler would have created.
  7. There is a passarelle stage extension which envelops cabaret style can-can seating for those who like to be close to the action.
  8. There is over 2km worth of red, hand-painted festooning.
  9. There are 3500 lightbulbs in this production of Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
  10. The Moulin Rouge sign is lit up with genuine neon, not LED lighting.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical is now playing at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne’s East Theatre District.
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