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Notre Dame de Paris - now with added Minogue
Notre Dame de Paris
Member Name: elvis42
Notre Dame de Paris
Date: 21/02/01, updated on 21/02/01 (130 review reads)
Advantages: Amazing dancing, good music, different
Disadvantages: silly set moves which make you giggle
So the new cast of Notre Dame de Paris is now firmly in place at the Dominion Theatre on Tottenham Court Road. And a new Esmeralda, Danni (or is it Dannii?) Minogue. So I decided to go see the show again and see how it stood the test of time.
First of all a brief synopsis of the show. Critics have said there's no storyline - that's not quite true, there's simply no narrative, so unless you know the story well, you may end up a little confused. The music is obviously French-influenced and fairly modern for a West End musical. And some of the set movements induce giggles (the dancing pillars of doom amongst them).
Still, on the good side, some of the songs are strikingly magnificent, despite working in translation from the very powerful French lyrics. The cast are young and talented and appear to be enjoying the show. The ensemble's dancing is insane, acrobatic and spectacular in a way not usual for a musical.
It's a very different experience from a traditional big musical show, and opinions seem split fairly evenly down the middle, with strong opinions both ways.
For me, despite some of the ridiculous elements, it still remains a show worth seeing, and Danni Minogue is a very worthwhile cast addition. She sings admirably well, and, for me at least, she seemed more of a gypsy than Tina Arena (who previously played the role). The new Pheobus (can't remember the name) was suitably slimey - but I don't like the character. Clopin and Gringoire are as magnificent as they should be and of course, the Hunchback steals the show with his pained voice and despair.
Once again, I think it's worth going to see, but I won't promise that you'll love it, it's just worth giving a try.. because it's certainly different.
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