The U.S. Tennis Association announced on Thursday that the actors of Moulin Rouge! will appear at the opening ceremony of the 2021 U.S. Open.

Moulin Rouge! at the U.S. Open

The musical leader Aaron Tweet and Natalie Mendoza will be on stage with other actors Jacqueline Arnold, Robin Hurd, Holly James, and Jaeger Majus. Arthur Ashe Stadium will welcome the performance on August 30. Just before the start of the first game.

“The U.S. Open is back and Broadway is back. Apart from the show, what better way to celebrate our greatest return! The musical, for the opening of this year’s U.S. Open,” the U.S. Tennis Association Said Mike McNulty, chairman, and president of the board. This event is less than a month earlier than the “Moulin Rouge”! Al Hirschfeld Theatre on September 24th will host the returning performance!


The show is a jukebox musical with a book by John Logan. The musical is adapted from the 2001 movie “Moulin Rouge! Directed by Buzz Ruman, written by Ruman and Craig Pierce.

The musical premiered at the Emerson Colonial Theater in Boston on July 10, 2018. Moulin Rouge! It opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on Broadway. The preview began on June 28, 2019, and officially opened on July 25. Between 2002 and 2003, there was speculation that a stage musical based on the movie might be held in Las Vegas, but there were no public speeches in the following years.

Some sources claimed in 2006 that director Baz Luhman had contacted the movie’s protagonists, Nicole Kidman and Ivan McGregor, hoping to appear in a potential stage version. In 2016, it was announced that Global Creatures was developing a stage musical, directed by Alex Timbers. A seminar was held in 2017, starring Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo. The laboratory runs from October 30th to December 15th.

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Credits: Playbill, US Open Official website