The New Sparkling Diamond! Natalie Mendoza Joins 'Moulin Rouge!'


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Moulin Rouge! The Musical announced today that Natalie Mendoza will join the Broadway company in the role of Satine when the Tony-nominated hit musical resumes performances on Friday, September 24, 2021, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre The full cast is now set for the show’s return.

Raised in Australia, Natalie Mendoza is no stranger to the world of the Moulin Rouge. She starred as “China Doll,” one of the club’s featured can-can dancers, in Baz Luhrmann’s film, MOULIN ROUGE! By joining the company, Ms. Mendoza also reunites with Alex Timbers, who directed her in the role of Imelda Marcos in Here Lies Love at London’s Royal National Theatre. Natalie Mendoza is a multi-talented actress, singer, and dancer. She is widely known for her role as series regular, Jackie Clunes, in the BBC One drama series “Hotel Babylon,” and as adventurous Juno in the acclaimed horror thrillers The Descent and The Descent: 2. She will next be seen in the Leos Carax-directed film, Annette, alongside Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard.

Alex Timbers said, “We’re excited to welcome Natalie to our company. She’s an extraordinary artist and I’m so thrilled to be working with her again as we prepare to bring Moulin Rouge! The Musical back to Broadway.” Baz Luhrmann said, “From the moment Natalie was cast as China Doll in MOULIN ROUGE! the film, we knew we had discovered a major young talent. That young talent has now blossomed into the lead in our Broadway production. I could not be more thrilled that Natalie will be lowered in that glorious swing as Broadway’s Sparkling Diamond.”
Natalie Mendoza said, “Having been involved with the film from its early conception, the role of Satine has always been close to my heart. This rare jewel of an opportunity to play a character like her on Broadway feels like a full circle moment. With this stunning group of bohemian artists and this uniquely conscious creative team I couldn’t be in better care.”

In addition to Ms. Mendoza, the full cast of Moulin Rouge! The Musical includes Tony Award nominee Aaron Tveit as Christian, Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler, Tony and Olivier Award nominee Sahr Ngaujah as Toulouse-Lautrec, Tam Mutu as The Duke of Monroth, Ricky Rojas as Santiago and Tony Award nominee Robyn Hurder as Nini. Ashley Loren is the Satine Alternate. The cast includes Jacqueline B. Arnold, Holly James, Jeigh Madjus, Joe Beauregard, Keely Beirne, Giovanni Bonaventura, Olutayo Bosede, Maya Bowles, Kyle Brown, Sam J. Cahn, Bobby Daye, Mia DeWeese, Karli Dinardo, Tilly Evans-Krueger, Aaron C. Finley, Bahiyah Hibah, Ericka Hunter, Cameron Mitchell Jackson, Tasia Jungbauer, Jose-Luis Lopez Jr., Reed Luplau, Kara Menendez, Kaitlin Mesh, Fred Odgaard, Dylan Paul, Khori Michelle Petinaud, Benjamin Rivera,Julius Anthony Rubio and Brandon Stonestreet.