A musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel "Notre Dame de Paris" which follows the gypsy dancer Esmeralda and the three men who vie for her love: the kind hunchback Quadimodo, the twisted priest Frollo, and the unfaithful soldier Phoebus.

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A musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel "Notre Dame de Paris" which follows the gypsy dancer Esmeralda and the three men who vie for her love: the kind hunchback Quadimodo, the twisted priest Frollo, and the unfaithful soldier Phoebus.

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Composer Riccardo Cocciante was convicted of tax fraud by a Paris court on March 20, 2006 and given a ten-month jail term plus a fine of 37500 euros. He and his wife Catherine were found guilty of concealing profits from this hit musical, believed to be in the region of six million euros ($7.3 million/GBP4.3 million). They would have had to pay 2.8 million euros in taxes. He was not in court for sentencing, and his wife said they intend to appeal. On January 25, 2007 The Court of Appeal of Paris condemned Cocciante and his wife three years of imprisonment for tax evasion, a fine of 37500 euros each, and both were deprived of their civic, civil and family rights over a period up to five years. See more »

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Alternate-language version of Notre Dame de Paris - Live Arena di Verona (2002) See more »

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Written by Riccardo Cocciante
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No one enjoys a good musical more than I do ...
27 July 2007 | by (Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

... but the trouble of this production is that it's very far from a good musical.

Granted, one can't always expect the witty masters like Sondheim or Bernstein or Porter; yet the music of this piece makes even Andrew Lloyd Webber look witty. It's deadly dull and uninventive (with one or two exceptions) and just after I watched it I couldn't recall a single significant melody - which is rather tragic coming from someone who learned the whole Another Hundred People from three listenings.

It is also strangely un-theatrical. It takes place on an incredibly large stage (one really has to feel sorry for those people in front rows who broke their necks in order to see something happening 50 meters on the right or 100 meters on the left) and does absolutely nothing with it. When there's supposed to be one person singing on-stage, that's just what you get - and the rest of the enormeous stage is empty. For me as an aspiring theatre director it was almost painful to watch.

The fact remains, Cole Porter seems to have captured the French culture in his works better than these no-talents can ever come close to. And I'm puzzled by the popularity of this would-be-legendary musical.


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