Moulin Rouge! The Musical may be set in Paris at the turn of the century but trust us; New York City has plenty to offer a contemporary bohemian. Let us help you explore the city, guided by the musicals principles of truth, beauty, freedom—and above all—love!
Truth – New York Public Library
If you can handle the truth, then head to the main branch of the New York Public Library, located in Bryant Park. While there are NYPL branches all over the city, this is the grandest of all. An essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years, it is the nation’s largest public library system and holds more than 55 million items. Make sure you stop by the glorious Rose Main Reading Room for a bit of peace and quiet in this bustling city.
Beauty – Brooklyn Bridge Park for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display
There is a lot of beauty to behold in New York City, and our legendary parks are a great place to start. Brooklyn Bridge Park, however, offers something a little extra special. Explore the vibrant vistas, rich ecology, and expansive piers of this waterfront park. But if you really want to experience beauty, plan your visit on the 4th of July. You’ll have an amazing view of the annual Macy’s fireworks display in a gorgeous setting!
Freedom – The Statue of Liberty
You can’t celebrate freedom without a trip to the Statue of Liberty. The universal symbol of freedom and democracy, Lady Liberty stands over 300 feet and is a sight to behold. There’s lots to do here: you can get tickets to the Pedestal, tickets to the Crown, visit the Statue of Liberty Museum, or see the American Immigrant Wall of Honor—the only place in the United States where an individual can honor their family heritage at a National Monument. For bohemians who are pinching pennies, you can get an amazing view by taking a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry.
Love – Pride March
Love is love is love, and there is no better way to celebrate it than at the annual Pride March on Sunday, June 30. The celebration is extra special this year, as World Pride comes to NYC, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, which set off the gay pride movement. The march will include floats from all different organizations, including some of our favorite Broadway shows! Starting at 26th street and 5th avenue, the march will pass the Stonewall National Monument and end at 23rd street and 7th avenue, so there are plenty of great places to join in on the fun.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Now that you’ve experienced truth, beauty, freedom, and love all over NYC, experience them all at once at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, where Baz Lurhmann’s electrifying cinematic experience comes to life on stage. The original film reimagined the movie musical, and now the film itself has been reimagined for Broadway. In addition to the most iconic songs from the film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical has expanded its catalogue to include more contemporary selections from artists ranging from Beyoncé to Outkast to Lorde. Prepare to be enchanted by the most lavish sets, stunning costumes and charismatic performers this side of Montmartre; it truly is a spectacular spectacular!