Jacqueline B. Arnold as La Chocolat, Robyn Hurder as Nini, Holly James as Arabia and Jeigh Madjus as Baby Doll in the 'Moulin Rouge!' musical. (Photo: Matthew Murphy)
Within the “Moulin Rouge!” musical universe, the film has left an indelible impact.  Many of the Broadway cast members idolized the film. Members of the creative team had used it as inspiration throughout their careers. And the producer saw it as a launching off point for her company.  But now, as the musical approaches opening night on Broadway, the challenge is to break away from the film, while still appeasing its fans, in the hopes of creating a stage spectacular in its own right.  The development process for “Moulin Rouge!” began about 10 years ago, when Carmen Pavlovic, chief executive…

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