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Notre-Dame de Paris (1998)

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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Gilles Amado

Writers:

Luc Plamondon (libretto), Victor Hugo (novel)
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Cast overview:
Hélène Ségara Hélène Ségara ... Esmeralda
Daniel Lavoie ... Frollo
Bruno Pelletier ... Gringoire
Garou ... Quasimodo
Patrick Fiori Patrick Fiori ... Phoebus
Luck Mervil ... Clopin
Julie Zenatti Julie Zenatti ... Fleur-de-Lys
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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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 September 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Собор Парижской Богоматери See more »

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Pomme Musique See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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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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Featured in Vendredi, c'est Julie: Episode dated 7 April 2000 (2000) See more »

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Danse Mon Esméralda
Written by Riccardo Cocciante
Performed by Garou
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The Musical of The Century!
28 May 2002 | by pjl-7See all my reviews

Conventional wisdom has it that the French don't like musicals. Not true at all, as the success of this show demonstrates. Plamondon and Cocciante have concocted a masterpiece that perfectly captures all the important parts of Hugo's novel, and magnificently transports the whole thing to the stage. The handful of young unknowns who star in this production on the video tape (most of them from Quebec) are almost overwhelming in their talent as singers, dancers, and dramatic performers. Bruno Pelletier shines as the anguished, tortured priest. Hélène Ségara (the only French star in the cast) totally captures our hearts as the doomed Esméralda, and Garou (the name means "Werewolf" in French!) demands and receives all our sympathy as the hapless Quasimodo. Incredibly powerful supporting performances by Patrick Fiori as Phoebus, Julie Zenatti as Fleur-de-lys and Luc Merville as Clopin round out a cast that can do no wrong.

Imagine Riverdance on steroids, "West Side Story" meets "Cirque de Soleil", or a Paris riot set to music, and you have an idea of the scope of this incredible show. The choreography is the most energetic, not to say frenetic, I have ever seen, and the most imaginative. It's hard to decide, at times, if we are watching a dance or a gymnastics exhibition.

If you can't get to Las Vegas, Montreal or Paris to see the show live on stage, this is the next best thing. For me it totally eclipsed every rock opera and musical which preceded it, to become the definitive musical of the 20th century. And I believe it will be at least another generation before anyone can come up with a way to surpass it.


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