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All action musical
Notre Dame de Paris
Member Name: catawall
Notre Dame de Paris
Date: 15/10/00, updated on 15/10/00 (89 review reads)
Advantages: all action
Disadvantages: no "stars"
I went to see Notre Dame de Paris with an open mind, having read the other opinions on this site.
I am an unashamed musical fan, the chance of tickets at £10 each curtesy of lastminute.com meant I had nothing to lose.
I was not disappointed! To get the most out of this show you need to know the basis of the Victor Hugo novel, the songs & action distracted from the storyline & without prior knowledge of the story this musical may not make sense to you.
The set was a simple one a large stone wall in effect, it came alive with various doors within it opening & posts that protruded at times.
The dance & acrobatics was simply stunning & the vocal quality of the singers beyond compare, if you like either you will love this show.
The characters often exited via steps at the front of the stage down into what would have been the orchestra pit, as I was near the front I could see this, from further back it must have looked as if they simply disappeared!
NB: the comment that there is no wheelchair access is not correct, I noticed a wheelchair lift down to the stalls.
The scence with the bells & the stunts performed on them was breathtaking. the only scene that was unbelievable was when a cast member swung down on a RSJ, if I am correct they did not exist in 1482!
The music was all pre-recorded, I did not find this as overpowering as others have suggested.
This is not the best musical I have ever seen but it is far from the worst & I felt that I had good value for money at £10 a ticket, had I had paid £37 for the ticket I would perhaps have felt differently.
NB:the comment on the official information about there being no wheelchair access is incorrect, I noticed a wheelchair lift down to the stalls.