Interview: Liisi Lafontaine, Satine in Moulin Rouge

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Liisi Lafontaine is currently wrapping up her run as Satine in the original West End cast of Moulin Rouge The Musical.

Baz Luhrmann’s iconic film comes to life onstage, in a production directed by Alex Timbers with choreography by Sonya Tayeh. Fresh from Broadway where it won ten Tony Awards, Moulin Rouge began performances in London at the Piccadilly Theatre in November 2019.


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After understudying Deena in a US production of Dreamgirls, Liisi first came to the UK in 2016 to star as Deena the West End premiere of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, alongside Amber Riley as Effie. Liisi won huge acclaim for her performance and can be heard on the production’s live cast album.

Some of Liisi’s other theatre credits include Fly (La Jolla Playhouse), Born For This (Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre), Mickey’s Magical Map (Disneyland) and Disenchanted (Virtual). She has worked on screen, she is working on music and in 2019 Liisi made her London solo show debut with a concert at Piano Works West End. 

This episode was recorded earlier this week, as Liisi was preparing to enter her final week of Satine shows before heading back to the the US.

You can see Liisi as Satine until Saturday 15th October. Follow her on Instagram: @liisilafontaine

Moulin Rouge is booking at the Piccadilly Theatre until 15th April 2023. Visit for info and tickets. 

Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. 

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Photo Credit 1: Karl Shakur

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