The Hunchback of Notre Dame Reviews
Wendy Pini from Los Angeles, California
"THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME"
This is a very grown-up interpretation of the musical play, more nuanced and deeper than other versions I've seen. Will North, who plays Quasimodo, is terrific. He must have surprised a lot of people who were expecting the Disney version. Cassandra Murphy owns the show as Esmeralda. She's a tiny powerhouse with one of those voices that can blast the ears off the back row. She's completely invested in her character's independence, intelligence, honesty, values and need for no rescue. The musical score is Alan Menkin's best, powerful and poignant. My complements, also, to the set designer. The cathedral Notre Dame's dark, sooty, intimidating atmosphere is well captured. Just one quibble. The staging of Claude Frollo's death needs improvement - it's unclear exactly what Quasimodo does to him. This creepy villain deserves a definite, cathartic fall to damnation. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this production.
Charles Carmichael from Los Angeles, California
AN AMAZING SHOW
Incredible show with some of the most beautiful songs (taken from the Disney animated feature) sung by some truly talented performers. Although the story isn't quite the same as the Disney feature (it gets dark and adds the Victor Hugo novel ending), the sets and costuming are fantastic. There's also REAL fire on stage! The only drawback was some rather odd "artistic choices" in direction that made me scratch my head in question. Still, a wonderful show to check out, but not quite for little kids! This version isn't for little ones.
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