Notre Dame Opens at DominionDate: 23 May 2000
The latest big-budget musical arrives in the West End - via France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada - tonight. Notre Dame de Paris opens at the Dominion Theatre, where it's been previewing since 15 May.
Based on Victor Hugo's novel 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', Notre Dame de Paris has music written by Richard Cocciante and lyrics by Luc Plamondon, with English lyrics by Will Jennings (who won as Oscar for the 'My Heart Will Go On' theme from the film Titanic.)
The London cast is headed by Australian singer Tina Arena, making her West End debut as Esmerelda, with Daniel Lavoie as Frollo, Garou as Quasimodo, Steve Balsamo (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Phoebus, Luck Mervil as Clopin, Bruno Pelletier as Gringoire and Natasha St-Pierre as Fleur-de-Lys. They are joined in the cast by Hazel Fernandez, Fred Johanson, Ian Pirie, Dean Collinson, Carl Abraham Ellis, Alexis James and Kate Pinnell amongst others.
The musical first opened in Paris in September 1998 and went on to sell-out tours of France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada. Millions of copies of the original cast studio album have been sold in Europe and Canada. Columbia has also released an album, sung in English by the stars of the London production. The English album includes Celine Dion as a guest star singing 'Live for the One I Love'.
Notre Dame de Paris is directed by Gilles Maheu, with choreography by Martino Muller and set design by Christian Ratz. In London, the show is produced by Michael White.