The Emerson Colonial Theatre, which first opened in 1900, closed in the fall of 2015 with an unclear future, amid potential plans by Emerson College to turn the theater into a dining hall. Thankfully for theater fans, that plan was scrapped. Instead, the newly renovated theater will reopen on June 27, and the Colonial would be hard-pressed to find a splashier production with which to do so.
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” an adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 Oscar-winning film, will make its world premiere at the theater. Written by Tony Award-winning playwright John Logan, the musical will star Aaron Tveit as Christian and Tony winner Karen Olivo as Satine, roles originated on the big screen by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, respectively.
In a newly released promo video for the musical, viewers get a taste of Tveit’s vocals as he takes on the song “Come What May,” which earned a Golden Globe nomination for the film back in 2001. Near the end of the song, you can also hear a few opening strains of “Lady Marmalade,” which spent five weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart when Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink, and Lil’ Kim performed the song for the film’s soundtrack.
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” will run at the Colonial through Aug. 5, at which point it’s expected to transfer to Broadway. You can find tickets here.