The Hunchback of Notre Dame has always been one of my favorite Disney movies. I remember seeing it the theater as a little girl and feeling for Quasimodo and wishing so bad that Esmerelda could love him and be with him. I also remember laughing with my dad about the "I'm free, I'm free...dang it." Most of all, I LOVED the music. It stuck with me. When I heard that "The Hunchback..." was coming to the stage, I immediately knew I HAD to see it. Tuacahn was the perfect place to see this wonderful show at.
The music was MOVING. The "Hell Fire" motive just makes you smile with passionate glee at the sounds you are hearing. The chorus was stunning. Their individual voices had such unique qualities that I could hear and they came together in a nice way to blend and be a power house. It was like a wave of beautiful sound hitting your face. Quasimotto was absolutely flawless....in a flawed way. He was soooo consistent in his character. His walk was epic, and the way he contorted his face was so ugly...hehe...and very believable. But not only was his character solid, his voice was absolutely incredible. Keep in mind that this guy was the understudy for the guy who debuted this on Broadway...so he was very good. One moment I'll never forget was when he belted a very high note...it sounded like it might have been a C...my hubby and I looked at each other like "uh...did that really just come out of his mouth?". Esmerelda was absolutely beautiful. Her poise and beauty on stage was breath taking. Her character was very believable and she made us understand why the priest (Frollo) couldn't contain himself. Her voice wasn't has strong as others I've heard, but it was beautiful and I have no complaints. Phebus was a powerhouse. His voice was out of this world strong. I was on the second row and I could believe how solid his voice was. Loved it. His character wasn't as lovable as the Disney movie, but his acting was great. His character choice was just a little off for me. Frollo's "Hell Fire" blew me away. The passion he had and the struggle he was going through really came forth in that song....it looked like he was going to explode. The musical has Frollo as a softy at the beginning and then he turns evil. I wasn't convinced that Frollo had turned evil enough at the end to want to burn Esmerelda. He was too kind looking or something. But I still loved his character and wasn't distracted by his non-evilness until the end. The last person I want to review is the guy who played Clopin (the Jester who sings "Topsy Turvy"). OH. MY. WORD. There are no words. I loved this singer/actor enough that I want to follow him to every show he does...EVER. His voice was awesome, but most of all, his comedy was so real and soooo hilarious. We were giggling at every single thing that came out of his mouth. He was absolutely incredible.
All in all, I LOVED this production. The costumes were spot on. The set was elegant. There were horses on stage a few times. The lighting was great of course. The dancing was beautiful. All in all, very pleased.