Monday, May 20, 2024

Broadway Exclusive: Pop Star Deborah Cox Eyed as Replacement for Karen Olivo When “Moulin Rouge” Returns


It’s not definite– I’ll tell you when it is– but it looks like the great pop R&B singer Deborah Cox will join “Moulin Rouge” on Broadway when it returns this fall.

Deborah would replace Karen Olivo as Satine in the hit show. Olivo resigned from the show last month very emotionally after producer Scott Rudin — who is not the producer of this show — as a toxic monster.

Olivo was nominated for a Tony Award but they were never given out. Now she certainly won’t get one.

Deborah Cox is a star and a powerful singer who has many top 40 hits from the 1990s and 2000s. She’s also appeared on Broadway twice, in “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Aida.” She won raves in each, and in the touring version of “The Bodyguard” playing the Whitney Houston role.

I hear “Moulin Rouge” producers want her, and so do we!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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