After more than two decades of playing around the world and selling more than 15 million tickets in 23 countries, international music and dance sensation Notre Dame de Paris will make its long-awaited New York debut this summer. The production, performed in French with English surtitles and featuring a dazzling 30-member international cast and live orchestra, will run for seven performances only from July 13-17, 2022 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Production will begin on July 14, Thursday July 14, with a special gala performance.
Victor-Hugoclassic and beloved 1831 novel, Notre Dame de Paris [The Hunchback of Notre Dame]telling the timeless story of the disfigured bell ringer Quasimodo, and his devotion to the beautiful Esmeralda, has inspired generations of readers, and it has been adapted for films, operas, ballets and TV shows.
In 1998, the Italian singer and composer Richard Cocciante and legendary French songwriter Luc Plamondon adapted the title for their unique musical extravaganza, combining elements of musical theatre, dance and acrobatics. The production debuted at the Palais des Congrès in Paris in 1998, where in its first year it sold over a million tickets and over 3 million albums, making it the world’s largest music production. most successful of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. .
The Notre Dame de Paris score also produced two hit singles: “Belle”, which was released in 17 countries, and “Vivre”, recorded in English as “Live (for the One I Love)”, and a great success. for Celine Dion.
Notre Dame de Paris is directed by Gilles Maheu and choreographed by Martino Müller. The cast will be announced in the coming weeks.
Before the premiere in New York, the producer Nicholas Talar commented: “We have been fortunate to produce Notre Dame de Paris in over 23 countries in nine different languages for millions of international fans. It has long been a dream for the show to be performed in New York. Now, after more than two decades and a wait made longer by the pandemic, it is truly a pleasure to know that we will soon be sharing this immortal story with New York audiences at one of the greatest arts complexes in the world. world. We hope Notre Dame de Paris will appeal to our current fans as well as create new ones.”
The cast will be announced in the coming weeks.
Wednesday July 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday July 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday July 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday July 17 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the David H. Koch Theater box office, through the David H. Koch Theater website at www.davidhkochtheater.com or by phone at 212-496-0600.
Long before Notre Dame de Paris became an international hit, Riccardo (aka Richard) Cocciante had already established himself as a successful international artist-singer-songwriter with over 40 albums to his name in Italian, Spanish and French. His musical training is self-taught, allowing him to explore a wide range of musical expressions and compositions: from song to musical opera, from film music to intimate and rigorous music for the theater or casting and conducting young singers in his “Opéra du Peuple”. “A genuine worldwide success, Notre Dame de Paris defies convention, rises to Riccardo’s challenges, achieves a scale and a genre of its own, while remaining faithful to the ideas and concepts of Cocciante: a new form of “popular opera “contemporary with its roots in the European Opera and “dramma in musica” tradition and incorporating modern staging techniques and equipment from concerts and live Rock-Pop performances. Richard began a second career as a composer of the Opéra du Peuple from the Little Prince by Saint-Exupéry to Giuletta E Romeo, after which he decided to take a break from his singing and recording career.
If there is a name associated with French song in the world, it is undoubtedly that of Luc Plamondon. This prolific songwriter has written more than 500 songs and five musicals, the most famous of which – Starmania and Notre Dame de Paris – have been seen by millions of spectators and sold as many albums around the world. He meets Diane Dufresne, who becomes his muse throughout the 70s, for whom he writes 75 songs. He was called upon to work for all the biggest names in pop music in Quebec and France. His career reached its peak in 1992 with a tribute album that Celine Dion dedicated to him entitled Dion Sings Plamondon. With the composer Michael Berger, he wrote the first French rock opera, Starmania, created in Paris in 1979 and which enjoyed unprecedented success in several languages. His other musicals include The Legend of Jimmy (1990). Awards: several Felix in Quebec, Victoires de la Musique in France, World Music Award for Notre Dame de Paris in Monaco and the MIDEM Award for his career, in Cannes, Plamondon was named Knight of the National Order of Quebec, Officer of the Order of Canada, Knight of the French Legion of Honor and first Quebecer inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Notre Dame de Paris
The year after its opening, Notre Dame de Paris was celebrated in the millennium edition of the Guinness Book of Records for its successful first year: “Notre Dame de Paris, the spectacle of Luc Plamondon and Richard Cocciante, met with phenomenal success upon the release of the single “Belle”, which sold 2.5 million copies. In addition, he sold 3 million albums, 900,000 live albums, 550,000 tickets sold from September 98 to January 99 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, 220,000 tickets sold in Canada, 500,000 albums sold in Canada. The production has since toured the world, visiting Canada, Las Vegas, England, Lebanon, Italy, Spain, China, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Belgium, Japan, Russia, Luxembourg, Turkey and Poland and sold over 15 million tickets.
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Photo credit: Alessandro Dobici