On-stage musical based on Victor Hugo's characters.
Gypsy Esmeralda is the object of desire of Febo, Captain of the Guard, Frollo, the priest and Quasimodo, hunch-backed bell ringer. Cast is rounded out with Gringoire, the poet, who guides the story, Clopin who leads the gypsies, and Fiordaliso, Febo's fiancée who wants Esmeralda out of the picture.
Luc Plamondon's production, in Italian, is actually an operetta, with modern staging, dance and rather abstract, minimalist sets. Staging a riot with dance is reminiscent of West Side Story. Frollo the priest's anguish is particularly well done. Some oddly cast dancers in one of Febo's songs are a distraction.
See also the French version of this musical(1999) with identical production and costumes. Singers are different, of course, and French lyrics and different views and angles add interest.
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