The movie “Moulin Rouge!” was director Baz Luhrmann at his most unbridled. Featuring dazzling sets, frantic visuals and a contemporary soundtrack dropped into the middle of late-1800s Paris.

You can argue whether all of this excess was successful on film, but it all seems like a match made in heaven on the stage.

The musical “Moulin Rouge!” is now playing at the Fox Theatre through May 12 and is a glitzy, sexy, energetic show that makes for a fun night out.

Set in the famed Moulin Rouge cabaret, the simple story follows a young songwriter, Christian

(Christian Douglass), as he arrives in Paris and finds his way to the theater where he meets star showgirl Satine (Gabrielle McClinton) with the hope of impressing her with his work with the hope that she would perform it on stage.

In a case of mistaken identity, Satine thinks Christian is the wealthy Duke of Monroth

(Andrew Brewer) and encourages his advances. When the real Duke does show up, club owner Harold Zidler (Robert Petkoff) encourages Santine to woo the Duke with the hopes that he will invest in the Moulin Rouge.

Even though Satine’s heart has been won by Christian, she stays with the cruel Duke to ensure the financial future of her beloved friends at the Moulin Rouge.

The melodramatic plot is just the framework on which hangs the real star of the show, the lavish production numbers. While some of the songs the same ones used in the film, the majority of music in the show are songs from (roughly) the past decade.

While some of the song selections are a little cringe-worthy, there are some inspired and clever choices that fit the vibe and storyline like “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon, “Chandelier” by Sia and “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga.

“Moulin Rouge!” channels the old cabaret experience by mixing popular music of the day with high-energy, choreographed dances. Early audiences at the original Moulin Rouge wouldn’t feel entirely out of place at this show (except for the fact that no one is speaking French).

“Moulin Rouge!” is a treat and shows exactly why people love going to the theater, no matter what century it is.

“Moulin Rouge!” is now playing at the Fox Theatre through May 12. For tickets call 314-534-1111 or go to metrotix.com.

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