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Probably one of the most famous adaptations of Victor Hugo’s novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. Played since 16th September 1998 in The Palace of Congress of Paris. Since the very beginning it occured to be a great success.
The cast is consisted of famous singers/actors from France and Canada. The main Characters are played by:
Hélène Ségara as Esmeralda
Daniel Lavoie as Frollo
Bruno Pelletier as Gringoire
Garou as Quasimodo
Patrick Fiori as Phoebus
Luck Mervil as Clopin
Julie Zenatti as Fleur-de-Lys
Since its debut, it has played throughout France, South Korea, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada. A shorter version in English was performed in 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) and a full-length London production, also in English, ran for seventeen months. Popular songs from the show, such as Belle and Le temps des cathédrales have also been translated into Belarusian, Catalan, Czech, German, Lithuanian, Polish,Russian and English.
“Notre Dame de Paris”, according to the Guinness Book of Records, had the most successful first year of any musical ever. The score has been recorded at least seven times to date (2007): the original French concept album, which featured Israeli singer Achinoam Nini (aka Noa) as Esméralda (then replaced by Hélène Ségara) was followed by a live, complete recording of the original Paris cast. A complete recording of the score in Italian was made, along with a single disc of excerpts in Spanish from the Madrid production. The original London cast album featured several of the original Paris stars, but only preserved a fraction of the score in English. The orchestral group I Fiamminghi recorded a CD of melodies from the score. A complete set of instrumental backing tracks has also been released.
[Most of the info taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notre_Dame_de_Paris_(musical)]
Why I’m posting this note in a blog about Patrick Fiori? Well, he played Phoebus in this musical, and thanks to this show I ever head about this singer. 😉 I really recommand you to watch this musical, it’s worth your attention. 🙂
Fiori was born to an Armenian father (Jacques Chouchayan) and a Corsican mother (Marie Antoinette Fiori) in Marseille, France. When he was only 12 years old, he was offered his first role in the musical La légende des santonniers. At the age of 16, he recorded his first single, entitled "Stéphanie". In 1993, Patrick came fourth place in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Mama Corsica". The following year, his first album was released, entitled Puisque c’est l’heure. However, it wasn’t until 1997 that Patrick’s career really began to take off. His successful audition for the musical Notre Dame de Paris enabled him to originate the role of the Captain, ‘Phoebus’ both onstage and in the recording studio. With Daniel Lavoie and Garou, he recorded the successful song "Belle". The following year, Patrick signed a contract with Sony and recorded his 3rd album Prends Moi (Take me). Patrick finally decided to end his role in Notre Dame de Paris in the year 2000 in order to dedicate more time to his fourth album, Chrysalide. Two years after, his fifth album was released and most recently, the album Les choses de la vie in 2008. His 2007 single "4 Mots sur un piano" was number one in the french charts for 2 weeks.