[Sponsored agenda] It started with the song “Beautiful“25 years ago. This summer, New York audiences will finally have the chance to experience the breathtaking phenomenon of Notre Dame of Paris for the first time when this international musical debuts in New York on July 13.
Since its premiere in Paris in September 1998, the show has toured the world, including Canada, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Japan, Turkey and China. As the word spread, Notre Dame of Paris became a worldwide acclaimed hit. It has been performed in twenty-three countries and translated into nine languages, and to date over fifteen million viewers have enjoyed the show worldwide.
Everywhere, that is, except in New York.
But not anymore. The wait is over.
A show performed in French, subtitled in English
The production, performed in French with English subtitles and featuring a dazzling 30-member international cast, including Daniel Lavoie – the famous Canadian singer – from the original cast, and a live orchestra, will only play for seven performances, July 13 through July 17, 2022, at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.
A song that has become legendary
In 1996, legendary Quebec singer-songwriter Luc Plamondon was looking for new ideas for his next show when he was intrigued by Quasimodo, the character of Victor Hugo. The hunchback of Notre-Dame de Paris. He reached out and suggested a collaboration with famed Italian singer and songwriter Richard Cocciante. Shortly after, the ballad “Beautiful” was born.
In 1998, “Belle” took off on French radio, capturing the hearts of listeners across the country. The single sold over three million copies and three million tickets sold in two years.
A beautifully crafted love story
Under the lyrical direction of Gilles Maheu and with electric choreography by Martino Müller, audiences and critics have fallen under the spell of the emotionally charged story of the hunchbacked cathedral bellringer, Quasimodo, and his unwavering devotion. to the dazzling Esmerelda.
If you haven’t read this gothic tale for a long time, this is the perfect opportunity to discover or rediscover this love story through the fantastic words of Luc Plamondon. Notre Dame of Paris is set among the church spiers that dot the Paris skyline in the late 1400s. The deformed Quasimodo falls in love with the gypsy dancer, Esmeralda, unaware that two other men are also vying for her heart; the formidable Archdeacon Claude Frollo and the seductive Captain Phoebus. The four are caught in a tangled web that traps the doomed Quasimodo in its grip.
Gilles Maheu said that what makes this musical adaptation so significant is that it is the “perfect blend of the greatest vocal and stage performanceswith the dramatic narrative elements of American musical theatre. But there’s something else that makes the show so captivating: its heart.
“Aabove all, ‘Notre Dame de Paris’ is a magnificent love story,Maheu said. “If you like to be in love, if you like the thrill, you are bound to be touched by this show.”
But if you think you know the story of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” think again. More than a musical Notre Dame of Paris speaks and sings in front of an audience of eight to eighty years and now occupies a special place in French culture. You have to see it to understand it.
“Its singularity in every respect – from writing to staging and choreography – has created a new genre, “L’Opéra Populaire”,said Cocciante.Moreover, it is rare to see different generations enjoying the same show, and this is what happened everywhere, in all languages.”
A highly anticipated show for all audiences in New York
The show is coming to New York with not only worldwide fame, but also excitement and anticipation. New York Magazine recently included him as one of “29 plays and musicals we can’t wait to see this summer.” Although it has been played around the world for over 20 years, when Notre Dame of Paris comes to New York, there’s no doubt that it’s a sight to behold. It’s that kind of magic.
“It has long been a dream to represent Notre Dame de Paris in New York in one of the greatest artistic complexes in the world,declared the producer, Nicolas Talar. And that dream has now come true.
Notre Dame of Paris – its love story, its energy and its complexity – fits New York perfectly. And now you can see this strictly limited engagement at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. To book your ticket, go to show website.
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