The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Musical Premiered last October 22, in the Casino Estoril Auditorium, the work, perhaps the most emblematic of the French playwright, author and poet Victor Hugo, is staged by Caixa de Cena.
A work that tells us the story of someone different and who is immediately put aside for being monstrous, forever watched and forced to live hidden in a Cathedral, without ever being allowed to ‘see the world’, we speak of a Hunchback, who lives in the famous Parisian Cathedral ‘Notre Dame’ and whose only dream is to be able to live among people.
A literary work transformed into an extraordinarily musical, with moving interpretations where throughout history we see that love always wins, despite differences, hatred and rancour.
Quasimodo, the Hunchback, spends his days, his years ringing the bell and watching what is happening in the street from the balustrades of the Cathedral, having as friends ‘Father Gregory’ and ‘the Three Gargoyles’, or rather the ‘Ladies Gargoyles’. Until the gipsies arrive in the city of Paris, among them the most beautiful gipsy Esmeralda, sings with a dreamy voice, but Frollo, the priest in charge of the Cathedral, does not want to succumb to the gipsy’s charms and, when Quasimodo, instigated by the Gargoyles goes to see the gipsies at the masquerade ball, he is mistreated and abused even by those who suffer Frollo’s violence, that’s where Esmeralda shows all her compassion, all her understanding for that being who is being humiliated, goes to his rescue, where, from there, various adventures unfold for about 60 minutes, culminating in Justice, Love and Freedom.
This musical takes place in a very well-done setting, recreating from the Cathedral to the street where Esmeralda dances and ending in the Gruta dos Segredos, where the gipsies hide.
It has wonderful performances by JP Costa (Quasimodo), Mafalda Tavares (Esmeralda), Hugo Mendes (Frollo, who looked really bad), Diogo Garcia (the beautiful Captain Febo in love with Esmeralda), Bernardo Raposo (Father Gregório), Tomás Eira (Diego and Manolo), and among many others, Rodrigo Balseiro, Cátia Pimpista and João Silva.
Here, we cannot fail to highlight Joana Leal, Sara Teixeira and Sophia Monteiro, the ‘Ladies Gargoyles’, with spectacular costumes and make-up, with their humour and their rapport between the three of them and Quasimodo, which provided us with some of the best moments of the musical.
The Musical ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ is recommended, it is for the whole family, for children and adults, it can be seen in the Estoril Casino Auditorium, on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at 11 am and 3.30 pm, for public in general, and from Tuesday to Friday at 11 am and 2 pm for schools and groups.