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By Design: Justin Townsend Lights Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge! The Musical, based on the 2001 film by Baz Luhrmann, transports us to Paris, France where Christian, an English poet/writer, falls in love with Satine, star of the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Montmartre. The musical, directed by Alex Timbers, has a score composed of hit songs of the last 50 years, including iconic songs from the film, as well as music from the past 15 years, since the film came out. The design team comprises: Tony Award-winner Derek McLane, sets; Tony Award-winner Catherine Zuber, costumes; two-time Tony Award-nominee Justin Townsend, lighting; and Tony Award-winner Peter Hylenski, sound.

Live Design chats with Townsend on his bold, colorful lighting design for this musical, which officially opens today, July 25, 2019 at Broadway’s Al Hirschfield Theatre. Click through the photo gallery to read the Q&A, and check out the lighting plots here.

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