Moulin Rouge! has finally made its way to Broadway. The new incarnation of the 2001 award-winning musical movie opened last night at the Al Hirschfield Theater. And after she took her bow onstage, leading lady Karen Olivo got ready to celebrate at the after-party in her dressing room, surrounded by dozens of Satine-approved red roses.
“It was dreamlike,” the Tony Award-winner said, clearly beaming, over the phone this morning. “Just crazy that we've been working on this for two years.” Olivo looked quite the modern Toulouse Lautrec muse on the after-party red carpet, wearing a striking red Carolina Herrera suit. “I spend most of the show in and out of gowns,” she explained. “I didn't want to deal with another gown.” The two-piece suit, which took over 60 hours to create, was hand-painted with a slithering green snake (a nod to one of Lautrec’s famed posters of dancer Jane Avril) and decorated with a smattering of Swarovski crystals courtesy of costume designer Wilberth Gonzalez. "It was so comfortable, I would have worn that suit again today," Olivo laughs. The actress accessorized with a Judith Leiber bag and one of a kind emerald-colored pair of chandelier earrings by costume jeweler, Larry Vrba.
Of course, no red carpet look is complete without the perfect beauty pairing. For the special occasion, Olivo called upon her friend and makeup artist Kat Nejat, as well as Daniel Mortensen, who happens to be the production’s hairstylist. Nejat, who was sitting out front watching the show, ran backstage at intermission to set up for Olivo’s post-curtain call quick change. “We were building off of what I have on at the end of the show,” Olivo said. “It was easiest to add a red lip.” In the hair department, Mortensen delivered a set of perfectly imperfect side-swept curls to offset the bold makeup look.
Above, an exclusive look at how Olivo got ready for the premiere of her show, now on Broadway.