Such a pleasure to have this song be an opening focal point rather than just a soundtrack piece played and sung so briefly in the original film. However, there are obviously aspects of the film that are worthy of critique, and would not fly with our audiences in Casting Karen Olivo as Satine gave her more layers that benefit feminine audience members. Casting a Latinx woman of color not only as one of the protagonists of the show, but a protagonist who essentially engages in sex work to survive is a reflection of underrepresented narratives.
Here, Luhrmann and Martin reveal how the film began to take shape, from the initial idea to building the club itself. Is there a way of making the musical work at this time and at this place? I went off to India to do that opera and while I was there I had the incredible experience of experiencing what would be called a Bollywood movie. And what was astounding in the language and in the form was that you could have drama, a dramatic scene, then high comedy — like, literal physical gags — then a musical number, then high drama again.
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