Sunday, 17 September 2006

Notre Dame de Paris

Paul & I have just booked to go & see Notre Dame de Paris the comédie musicale in November. I'm so excited! Based on Victor Hugo's tale of Quasimodo and Esmeralda, Notre Dame de Paris has been a phenomenal success since it was unleashed in the French-speaking world in 1998. It attracted over 7.5 million spectators, breaking box-office records in France, Canada, Spain, Italy, Russia, Belgium and Switzerland. The musical is the creation of lyricist Luc Plamondon and composer Richard Cocciante, who have both won numerous awards for their works. The music has sold over 11 million copies so far - one copy to me when it was released in 1999.

There are probably people out there who read my blog who are now shaking their heads and wondering if the fever has finally fried my brain. No folks, not at all - well, not on this issue anyway. I spent four years at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, studying French language and literature and the final piece of work was an honours thesis based on the Victor Hugo novel Notre Dame de Paris and its various adaptations into films, ballet and musical. You could say that I'm an expert on the subject.

I spent the Winter 1996/7 in Paris when Disney had a huge exhibitionof The Hunchback of Notre Dame children's film at the Maison de Victor Hugo . Then in 1998/9, the comédie musicale was released in Paris and I was living, working and researchng in Limoges in France. There was stuff about the musicale on television, in magazines and on the radio all the time. I collected everything!

So folks, I'm going to be the one in the second row singing along to every tune! LOL. I can't wait!

Only question to ask is: what am I going to wear???

Happiness & laughter always,


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