Mural inspired, commissioned by ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical,’ takes flight in Logan Square

Paint the City and YourPassion1st held a community day where artists and volunteers collaborated on a mural that was inspired by the musical’s themes of truth, beauty, freedom and love.

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Barrett Keithley, co-founder of Paint the City, stands in front of a mural commissioned by “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” at the intersection of North Rockwell Street and North Milwaukee Avenue in the Logan Square neighborhood.

Barrett Keithley, co-founder of Paint the City, stands in front of a mural commissioned by “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” at the intersection of North Rockwell Street and North Milwaukee Avenue in the Logan Square neighborhood.

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“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” now playing at the Nederland Theatre in the Loop, is making its mark in Logan Square in a colorful and profound way.

The North American Tour of the Tony Award-winning musical commissioned a mural in partnership with Paint the City to support and celebrate the work of local artists. The mural, located at Rockwell and Milwaukee, was painted Tuesday by a group of local artists from Paint the City, an artist-led initiative working to “heal the city through art,” and YourPassion1st, a local nonprofit that coaches and mentors underserved teens and young adults through project-based learning.

The theme of the work is “truth, beauty, freedom and love.”

Missy Perkins and Barrett Keithley, co-founder of Paint the City, pose in front of a mural that was commissioned by “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.”

Missy Perkins and Barrett Keithley, co-founder of Paint the City, pose in front of a mural that was commissioned by “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.”

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The official unveiling/dedication of the mural will take place at 2 p.m. April 5. The public is invited to attend the free event. According to Missy Perkins, co-founder of Paint the City, the mural will hopefully remain in place through December.

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” runs through May 14 at the Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. Tickets: $52.50+. Visit broadwayinchicago.com.

Volunteer artists paint a mural, which was commissioned by “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” at the intersection of North Rockwell Street and North Milwaukee Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

Volunteer artists paint a mural, which was commissioned by “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” at the intersection of North Rockwell Street and North Milwaukee Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.|

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Brenda Dickerson, a member of YourPassion 1st, paints a mural commissioned by “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” in Logan Square on Tuesday afternoon.

Brenda Dickerson, a member of YourPassion 1st, paints a mural commissioned by “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” in Logan Square on Tuesday afternoon.

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Hatek312, a member artist of Paint the City, paints a mural, which was commissioned by “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” at the intersection of North Rockwell Street and North Milwaukee Avenue.

Hatek312, a member artist of Paint the City, paints a mural, which was commissioned by “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” at the intersection of North Rockwell Street and North Milwaukee Avenue.

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