ICM’s Boaty Boatwright made her Upper West Side abode the site of a multi-media event as the worlds of film, theater and publishing converged Friday night to honor Baz Luhrmann, whose “Moulin Rouge” is being re-released and Broadway-bound “La Boheme” looks set for fall 2002.
” ‘Moulin Rouge’ brought theatricality to film,” said the helmer from Down Under, “whereas this ‘La Boheme’ is a stripping away of opera’s artifice.”
Even though Luhrmann will update the Puccini to the late 1950s, aficionados expecting another hyper-anachronistic offering a la “Moulin Rouge” or “Romeo + Juliet” may be surprised. Luhrmann has done his homework.
“1957 is the last year anyone contacted consumption,” Luhrmann claims for anyone fearing his Mimi will be offed less conventionally.
“La Boheme” producers Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller said the show would come to Broadway via an out-of-town summer 2002 engagement yet to be determined, although Gordon Davidson’s presence at the fete might have been a hint of possible kickoff venues.
Also on the scene were Lachlan Murdoch, Harvey Keitel, Claire Danes, and two very late-comers, Paul Rudd and John Leguizamo, who winged it there from their respective shows, “The Shape of Things” and “Sexaholix.”