There's FINALLY A Stage Adaptation Of 'Moulin Rouge' Coming To Life

There's FINALLY A Stage Adaptation Of 'Moulin Rouge' Coming To Life

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." - Christian, Moulin Rouge.
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Some words from a movie that I was first introduced to in high school have stuck with me for quite some time. "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return," are the eternal words spoken by Christian in Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!" . Since my high school days, I have hoped and prayed that someone would adapt a stage version of "Moulin Rouge!". My prayers were answered, and this summer the magic will come to life.

The Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston will play host to this pre-Broadway run of the 2001 film. The best news? Aaron Tveit, Karen Olivo, and Danny Burstein will star in the production as Christian, Satine, and Harold Zidler, respectively. Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, and Jim Broadbent played the roles in the film. The story follows a young writer, Christian, as he falls in love with a courtesan, Satine, at the Moulin Rouge in France. I am thrilled about this production because the quality of talent involved is second to none. I already have my tickets (shout out to my friend Jen for saving my life and helping me order them) because I can't miss this opportunity.

The film has always held a special place in my heart because it has a beautiful narrative surrounding the importance of (freedom, beauty, truth and) love. Essentially, the message in the film is that love is the only thing that matters. The story touches on the power of jealousy and forgiveness and how we balance following our hearts and seeking security. The pop tunes intermixed throughout the film are also quite catchy. Though somewhat trippy, the captivating story simply touches you when you watch it.

Another critical element of "Moulin Rouge!" is its message about the importance of writing in telling a story when you have no other way to tell it. The characters prioritize art in their lives and are inspired by the relationships around them. This is absolutely the perfect time to be producing this show because it values the different stories that people have to tell.

I can't wait to see what they do with the stage production. I just hope they can fit a giant elephant onto the stage.

Cover Image Credit: moulinrouge_movie Instagram

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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