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Notre-Dame de Paris (1999)
A beautiful interpretation of a classic tale
Richard Cocciante and Luc Plamondon's comedy musicale is one of the finest world musicals I have seen. The thing about foreign musicals is they do not carry subtext and thought provoking material in the songs, but within the staging and visuals. Don't expect Stephen Sondheim. The great thing about these types of musicals is that you can think about what's going on while you watch it, and just enjoy the music on CD. The performers are fantastic. I've long been a fan of each of them, Julie Zenatti being one of my favorite solo artists. Garou OWNS the role of Quasimodo, and the rest of the cast is pitch perfect as well. All of the songs are melodic and romantic, and the french language is the icing on the cake. The story is much more accurate than the Disney version, and includes one of the most gorgeous songs ever written, "Belle."