You gotta love Facebook for showing me events that are just up my alley. About a month ago, I saw one come up for something called a “Brew and View“, where they show a movie musical and you go and drink and singalong with other fans. So of course, when I saw that it was Moulin Rouge, my absolute favourite movie of all time, I knew I had to attend the April 16th event. Forget that I’ve seen it over 40 times on my own. Forget that I could very well recite the whole movie off by heart. I could not pass this up.
I also knew I had to go see this with Sarah, one of my closest friends. I had forgotten that we used to watch this when she was in res (and I was visiting her), and we’d stop when “Roxanne” was over, because it’s all downhill from that point in the movie. I do remember us belting this (along with the Wicked and Rent soundtrack) one summer as we drove from Vegas to L.A. – torturing our other friend in the back seat. So yes, a Moulin Rouge singalong with Sarah was a no-brainer.
Presented by the Lower Ossington Theatre, and held at Randolph Theatre in Toronto, the singalong was off to an exciting start as theatre goers lined up in the lobby, a round of shots were brought out for everyone (to loosen up the vocal chords?) 🙂 If the shot wasn’t going to do it, the pre-show singalong was all wonderfully nostalgic 90’s music – such classics from my teenage years like N Sync, Spice Girls and Aqua.
At 7:30, it was finally time to start the show, which was met by huge applause in the sold out theatre. For those familiar with the Rocky Horror Picture Show, I’m told that this was a similar idea in that comments, reactions and singing along to the movie are all allowed, even encouraged. And boy was this a memorable experience. As much as I love Moulin Rouge, I had actually never seen it in the theatres. I discovered it once it was already on DVD, so I never had the enjoyment of watching it with so many other people who love it as much as I do. It was amazing to hear everyone singing along to every word, collectively swooning over Christian and collectively booing every time the Duke was onscreen.
I highly recommend checking out the Brew & Views if you can. The next one coming up is for Chicago, but keep your eye on their website to see which other singalongs will be playing!