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Notre Dame—New Dates
March 31, 2011   
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The musical Notre-Dame, based on Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, is returning to the stage in Warsaw and Cracow. The show opened in Warsaw in December 2009 and met with such immense interest that tickets were sold out weeks in advance. Notre-Dame tells the story of deformed bell-ringer named Quasimodo, adopted by the archdeacon of the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

Told by his adopted father never to leave the confines of the cathedral, Quasimodo craves life among other human beings. One day during the Festival of Fools, three gargoyles who are Quasimodo’s only friends talk him into walking out of the cathedral and joining the dancing crowd. During the festivities, Quasimodo meets a beautiful girl, Esmeralda, and falls head over heels in love with her. The musical story of the bell-ringer struggling for the heart of the Gypsy girl has touched audiences in France, Belgium, Britain and the United States, in addition to Poland.

The roles of Esmeralda and Quasimodo have for years been coveted by top Polish vocalists. The “Belle” single performed by Garou was nominated for the Song of the Century title and “Live for the One I Love,” the English version of “Vivre” sung by Celine Dion, is a fixture of the playlists of European music stations. The memorable rendition of “Belle” at the 2002 Sopot Song Festival in Poland, performed jointly by Garou and Polish singers Piotr Cugowski and Robert Janowski, inspired Polish performers to revisit Notre Dame songs.

April 3—Cracow, Auditorium Maximum
April 7—Warsaw, Kongresowa Hall
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