The director is returning to the stage Down Under once all his promotional work for The Great Gatsby is complete and the film has opened in China this weekend (begs30Aug13) - and he's determined to find the next great musical lead in the Big Apple.
He tells BroadwayWorld.com, "I'm trying to cast (character) Fran and I'm gonna have a go at doing some casting in New York. I've done a lot of casting, and I've done a lot of work on it in the last month in Australia. We did a little, kind of mini-workshop, and we've got another one coming up.
"It is advancing and we are very much moving towards our opening, which is in March-April next year."
If the show is a hit Down Under, Luhrmann is hoping to stage the musical, which is based on his 1992 film, on Broadway.