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Moulin Rouge! The Musical Hosts Spectacular PRIDE NIGHT Celebrating LGBTQ+ Latino Youth from Ali Forney Center’s “Vale Todo” Program

New York, May 28, 2024 – On June 11, in a special Pride Month celebration, the Tony Award-winning Broadway show Moulin Rouge! The Musical joins forces with the Ali Forney Center and its “Vale Todo” program to provide 75 young members of the Latino LGBTQ+ community with an unforgettable experience. The youth, who are participants in the center’s programs, will attend a performance of Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

The Ali Forney Center has been a cornerstone of support for LGBTQ+ youth for 20 years. With a team of 150 members and services benefiting nearly 300 people daily, the center offers emergency housing, medical and mental health care, and job training. Its goal is to empower LGBTQ+ youth to live independently and safely.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical opens its doors to welcome these young individuals, offering them a night of celebration and community. The post-show Q&A session with the artists will be a special moment to share experiences and reflections, strengthening bonds within the LGBTQ+ community.

“We are very grateful for the invitation from Moulin Rouge! The Musical. For our youth, who face various challenges, this experience offers them an opportunity to enjoy and enrich themselves. We remain committed to providing them with more meaningful moments like this,”

Expressed Uzziel Arias, Director of the “Vale Todo” program at the Ali Forney Center.

Tickets available here: www.MoulinRougeMusical.com

ABOUT MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is the winner of ten 2021 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, two Drama League Awards including Outstanding Production of a Musical, five Drama Desk Awards, and ten Outer Critics Circle Honors, including New Broadway Musical.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical premiered to critical acclaim at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in the summer of 2019 and reopened in September 2021 after the Broadway shutdown due to the pandemic.

“Spectacular! Euphoric! In Moulin Rouge! The Musical, life is beautiful,” praises The New York Times. “Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a fabulous new musical. The excitement starts the moment you walk into the theater,” said the New York Post. Entertainment Weekly concludes that “it’s easy to believe that Moulin Rouge! The Musical could run for 50 years.”

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is directed by Tony Award® winner Alex Timbers with a book by John Logan, choreography by Tony Award® winner Sonya Tayeh, and musical supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tony Award® winner Justin Levine.

The design team for Moulin Rouge! The Musical includes Tony Award® winner Derek McLane (scenic design), Tony Award® winner Catherine Zuber (costume design), Tony Award® winner Justin Townsend (lighting design), Tony Award® winner Peter Hylenski (sound design), Drama Desk winner David Brian Brown (wig and hair design), Sarah Cimino (makeup design), and Tony Award® winner Matt Stine (music producer). Casting is by Jim Carnahan and Stephen Kopel.

Step into a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory. A world where bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular… Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

Baz Luhrmann’s iconic film comes to life on stage, remixed in a new musical extravaganza. musicales. Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a theatrical celebration of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and — above all — Love. Moulin Rouge! The Musical is more than a musical; it is a state of mind.

As in the film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical celebrates over 160 years of music, from Offenbach to Lady Gaga. The stage musical features many iconic songs from the film and also incorporates recent hits released since the movie’s premiere 20 years ago.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is produced by Carmen Pavlovic and Gerry Ryan OAM for Global Creatures and Bill Damaschke. General management is by Foresight Theatrical.

Co-producers of the Broadway production include Aaron Lustbader, Hunter Arnold, Darren Bagert, Erica Lynn Schwartz / Matt Picheny / Stephanie Rosenberg, Adam Blanshay Productions / Nicolas & Charles Talar, Iris Smith, Aleri Entertainment, CJ ENM, Sophie Qi/Harmonia Holdings, AF Creative Media / International Theatre Fund, Baz & Co. / Len Blavatnik, Endeavor Content, Tom & Pam Faludy, Gilad- Rogowsky / InStone Productions, John Gore Organization, Mehr-BB Entertainment GmbH, Spencer Ross, Nederlander Presentations / IPN, Eric Falkenstein / Suzanne Grant, Jennifer Fischer, Peter May / Sandy Robertson, Triptyk Studios, Carl Daikeler / Sandi Moran, Desantis-Baugh Productions, Red Mountain Theatre Company / 42ND.CLUB, Candy Spelling / Tulchin Bartner, Roy Furman and Jujamcyn Theatres.

Released by 20th Century Studios, Baz Luhrmann’s MOULIN ROUGE! premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. At the 74th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two.

The Moulin Rouge in Paris, led by Jean-Jacques Clerico (CEO), is a dazzling and spectacular universe, the symbol of the Parisian way of celebrating since 1889. Starting its life as a popular cabaret and dance hall, the venue became an iconic music hall during the Roaring Twenties, and later a theater where numerous famous French and international artists launched their careers. Today, the Moulin Rouge and its 60 artists present the revue show Féerie: two hours of wonder blending cabaret and music hall styles with dance scenes and surprise acts – not forgetting the most emblematic dance of the Moulin Rouge, the French Cancan! Since its inception, the Moulin Rouge in Paris has always been an invitation to live and share all the emotions and effervescence of a unique and extravagant party. http://www.moulinrouge.fr/ 

The Grammy-nominated original Broadway cast recording of Moulin Rouge! The Musical produced by Baz Luhrmann, Justin Levine, Matt Stine & Alex Timbers, is now available through Baz Luhrmann`s label House of Iona and RCA Records. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Cast Albums chart.

The book Moulin Rouge! The Musical: The Story of the Broadway Spectacular, a dazzling and full-access pass to Moulin Rouge! The Musical and its journey to Broadway, is now available through Rizzoli.

MAC is the Official Makeup Partner and Preciosa is the Official Crystal Partner of Moulin Rouge! The Musical. www.MoulinRougeMusical.com

ABOUT THE ALI FORNEY CENTER

The Ali Forney Center (AFC) in New York City is the largest organization in the United States dedicated to supporting homeless LGBTQ+ youth. Established in 2002, it honors the memory of Ali Forney, a gender-nonconforming homeless youth who was tragically murdered. The center offers a range of services, including emergency and transitional housing, medical and mental health care, and job training. Its 24-hour drop-in center provides a safe space for accessing basic needs and counseling. The AFC aims to empower LGBTQ+ youth to live independently by addressing their specific needs.

ABOUT THE “VALE TODO” PROGRAM

The Vale Todo program at the Ali Forney Center is specifically designed for Spanish-speaking individuals, providing a safe and inclusive space to discuss a wide range of topics. It offers support in areas such as job orientation, resume writing, LGBTQ information, sharing personal migration stories, and promoting family unity among members. The program aims to help young people between the ages of 16 and 24 adapt to life in the United States by addressing various issues, from immigration questions to finding stable housing and employment, while maintaining cultural family values.

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