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Glamorous star of Moulin Rouge! The Musical shares what playing Satine is like

The lead role in Moulin Rouge! The Musical has opened up about auditioning for the coveted performance while 37 weeks pregnant and what a typical day in her life looks like.

Alinta Chidzey plays Satine, also known as the ‘Sparkling Diamond’, in the acclaimed music theater production about love and loss, which is currently on stage in Sydney after a successful debut in Melbourne.

The 38-year-old has been in show business for 20 years and her first show was Mamma Mia! The Musical as an ensemble member at the age of 18.

Alinta lives in Elwood, Melbourne, usually when she’s not on stage at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, and calls Satine her “role of a lifetime” alongside actors Des Flanagan and Simon Burke.

Alinta Chidzey plays Satine, also known as the 'Sparkling Diamond', in the acclaimed music theater production about love and loss, currently on stage in Sydney after a successful debut in Melbourne

The 38-year-old has been in show business for 20 years and her first show was Mamma Mia!  The Musical as an ensemble member at only 18

Alinta Chidzey plays Satine, also known as the ‘Sparkling Diamond’, in the acclaimed music theater production about love and loss, currently on stage in Sydney after a successful debut in Melbourne

Alinta lives in Elwood, Melbourne, usually when she's not on stage at Sydney's Capitol Theatre, and calls Satine her 'role of a lifetime' alongside actors Des Flanagan and Simon Burke

Alinta lives in Elwood, Melbourne, usually when she’s not on stage at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, and calls Satine her ‘role of a lifetime’ alongside actors Des Flanagan and Simon Burke

But it certainly wasn’t an easy audition process with her daughter Harley Rose on the way.

“The audition process took a year because of Covid, starting with several video submissions, then zoom sessions and then finally in the room with the creative team, when I was 37 weeks pregnant,” she told FEMAIL.

‘It was a challenge to sing and dance the Satine material from the show with such a big belly. But luckily they saw that past and thought I was right for the part.

“I was nervous because I was a first-time mom and didn’t know how to handle both. But with the village of people around me, anything is possible.’

On any given day, Alinta will be up from 6:30am to be with her daughter - no easy feat if you finished a show in the late hours of the night before

Then she goes to the playground during the day and spends Harley's waking hours playing and learning

On any given day, Alinta will be up from 6:30am to be with her daughter – no easy feat if you finished a show in the late hours of the night before

On any given day, Alinta will be up from 6:30am to be with her daughter — no easy feat when you’ve finished a show in the late hours of the night before.

Then she goes to the playground during the day and spends Harley’s waking hours playing and learning.

“When I drive to work, I like to warm up my voice. As soon as I get to the theater I do my makeup and wig prep, warm up with cast on stage, then get into mics and costume ready for the show,” she said.

To give her energy, Alinta’s breakfast is usually a mix of muesli, fruit and yogurt, followed by a sandwich, omelette, salad, bahn mi or sushi for lunch with a light dinner.

“I like Asian and Italian food, so rice or noodles with some meat and vegetables is great or some kind of pasta,” she said.

To keep her energized, Alinta's breakfast is usually a mix of granola, fruit, and yogurt, followed by a sandwich, omelet, salad, bahn mi, or sushi for lunch with a light dinner.

To keep her energized, Alinta’s breakfast is usually a mix of granola, fruit, and yogurt, followed by a sandwich, omelet, salad, bahn mi, or sushi for lunch with a light dinner.

“Because I love food, I’ve run into the problem of eating too much before the show and not feeling particularly good in a corset that sings and dances. Hopefully lesson learned.’

Currently Alinta lives in the hilly neighborhood of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and trains by pushing ‘a pushchair up and down the streets’.

‘I like to play tennis when I get the chance and I also like running and Pilates. If I live near the beach in the summer, I will definitely go swimming too! I like a dip in the ocean before work,” she said.

Currently Alinta lives in the hilly neighborhood of Sydney's Eastern Suburbs and trains by 'pushing a pram through the streets'

Currently Alinta lives in the hilly neighborhood of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and trains by ‘pushing a pram through the streets’

To prepare for the role — and her signature red lip — Alinta chooses a variety of products from Mac, Bobbi Brown, Kryolan, and Clinique.

“For the iconic red lip, I use Kat Von D red lipstick and Green Marble Selr Spray to seal the lipstick so that when I kiss Des who plays Christian on the show, it doesn’t come to him,” she said.

“After the show I usually cleanse myself with a hot shower, snack and cup of tea when I get home and crawl into bed, followed by meditation to unwind.”

Moulin Rouge! The Musical tickets are for sale online here

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