Speaking of the Puccini opera, Luhrmann remarked, "Opera was like the television of the time, created for everyone to experience, from the simple street sweeper to the King of Naples. So it seems a natural for it to play on Broadway. We're bring it back to its popular roots."
He said that he does not expect to hire traditional opera singers for the production. "The idea is to have younger singers so we have something to offer audiences who are perhaps a little frightened of opera," he said.