Construction issue forces two-week delay for ‘Moulin Rouge!’

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical’’ was originally scheduled to reopen the renovated Emerson Colonial Theatre on June 27. –John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/file

In a setback for one of the most keenly anticipated productions of the year and for the return to business of a Boston theater landmark, performances of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical’’ will be delayed two weeks due to a construction problem, and there will be nine fewer performances overall.

Originally scheduled to reopen the Emerson Colonial Theatre on June 27, the first performance of “Moulin Rouge!’’ will now take place on July 10. The closing date of the world-premiere musical remains Aug. 19.

Robert Jones, a spokesman for Ambassador Theatre Group, which operates the Colonial under a long-term lease with theater owner Emerson College, said by e-mail that performances have been “added throughout the run at times when previously no shows were scheduled.’’ The run of “Moulin Rouge!’’ had previously been extended by two weeks. Even though there will be nine fewer performances under the newly revised schedule than were planned when the run was slated for June 27-Aug. 19, Jones wrote that “we feel we will be able to cover demand.’’