NEW YORK — The magic of Paris will take over Lincoln Center with the long-awaited arrival of “Notre Dame de Paris” by Luc Plamondon and Richard Cocciante.
The epic, worldwide musical hit opens in New York next Wednesday with a full orchestra and 30-person cast updating Victor Hugo’s timeless classic about cathedral bell ringer Quasimodo and his impossible love for Esmeralda, a CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported Thursday.
Quasimodo is played by Angelo Del Vecchio.
“Being desperate for love, for injustice, I need to show my beauty through my voice,” Del Vecchio said.
There were powerful voices from every cast member during the press preview.
There will be easy-to-see English supertitles, but reading may not even seem necessary.
“It’s in French, but there’s music and there’s dancing,” Cocciante said. “Singers can communicate more than words, more than music. It has the power to connect with the audience. There’s a magical connection there.”
“There’s a lot of rebellion. There’s deception. There’s love. There’s hope. There’s tragedy. It’s really a mix of emotions. It’s is what gives strength to show itself,” said actress Hiba Tawaji, who plays Esmeralda.
Internationally, there have been productions in 23 countries, with 15 million tickets sold since its debut in 1998.
Daniel Lavoie remembers almost 25 years ago when he was in the original company. He said it was a phenomenon from the start.
“We had 4,000 people running after us after every show,” Lavoie said. “You never thought a musical could be so successful. It was huge. I was there. I remember it very well.”
The talented team is ready for adventures in New York.
“I love New York,” Plamondon said.
“The Museum of Modern Art. I’m a huge art fan, so I can’t wait,” said fan Gian Marco Schiaretti.
“I love New York. I love New York, American hip hop,” said a man named Jay.
“He loves hip-hop so much. It’s like being a kid here,” Schiaretti clarified.
“We like to give everything to the public, so seeing their eyes crying is the most beautiful thing,” Tawaji said.
“Notre Dame de Paris” runs from next Wednesday to July 24.