Moulin Scrooge – REVIEW

Moulin Scrooge – REVIEW
Image: The troupe from the Moulin Beige in Moulin Scrooge.Image: supplied

From the creative minds of Trevor Ashley and Phill Scott comes this hilarious pantomime which is the fractured and delightfully sick parody of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge. You’ve seen the official production and now it’s time to watch the show that everybody will be talking about!

Ashley is an Australian musical theatre actor and Sydney’s best known drag artist who has followed on the successes of his two previous pantomimes The Body Bag and The Lyin’ Queen with this enormously funny production.

Carlotta and Trevor Ashley ignoring the elephant in the room. Image: supplied

He plays the role of Saton, a gorgeous strip club dancer in Kings Cross who will stop at nothing to keep the club from closing down. A love triangle builds between You-In McGregor and the Duke of York. Will she choose love over a lifetime of security? But  what are the Duke’s real intentions with the ever-so-arousing Saton?

Ashley is a true professional who seems to excel from one production to the next. From the moment he appears on stage the laughter commences. The incredibly talented and iconic Carlotta plays the role of Astrid Zeneca, the club owner, and steals the show with her outlandish characterization and the enormous strength she instils in her musical numbers.

Stephen Madsen, Jarrod Moore, Jakob Ambrose giving their all in Moulin Scrooge. Image: supplied

A definite highlight of the show is when she performs her moving and meaningful musical number ‘I’m Still Here’. The audience roar and applaud their approval, coming to a standing ovation. The song highlights the personal struggles she has endured over the years for equality and justice for the LGBTQ community.

And what would a Trevor Ashley pantomime be without a selection of semi-clad pretty boys on stage? The chosen three performers are Stephen Madsen, Jakob Ambrose and Jarrod Moore, genuinely seasoned professional performers and at such youthful ages!

The unique aspect of Ashely’s pantomimes is that no two shows are the same. He throws in new gags depending on what’s happening in the local area and more importantly nothing sacred is left untouched.

The one and only, Trevor Ashley. Image: supplied

Audience participation is of paramount importance in this show and it doesn’t matter where you’re seated just be ready to be plucked to go on stage!

This is an adult’s only pantomime with sexual references that leave nothing to the imagination. Puritans in the audience are challenged not to grin or even laugh out loud as the deliciously naughty delights steadily appear on stage.

This pantomime should be a hugely entertaining night at the theatre for mature audiences. There’s flamboyant costumes, dazzling musical numbers, beautiful male bodies and then there’s Saton – the most breathtaking strip club dancer you’ll want to bring home!

           Until December 18.

           Seymour Centre, Cnr City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale



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