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Notre Dame de Paris

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A musical of modulations is the best way to describe this little gem. It follows the story of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and does a wonderful job of it. It is one of the few adaptations that seems to really hold the spirit and beautiful agony that Hugo presents in his work.

In the musical, after Esmeralda has been killed and Quasimodo kills Frollo, he kneels over her and sings a very poignant song called “Dance my Esmeralda”. It is heart breaking and is more sadly defined by the dancing that occurs as the Esmeralda and Quasimodo doubles come out. The scene ends with the Esmeralda doubles floating on wires in the air. The song itself is very dramatic and heartbreaking as the hunchback declares that he will “die for love” and that in years to come people will find “their bodies joined as one”.

“Dance My Esmeralda”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwoRg12xy9I

When the years have all come and gone.
They’ll find beneath the ground.
Our two bodies joined as one.
Showing how we were bound.
How much Quasimodo once loved.
Esmeralda the gypsy girl.
How he was marked by god above.
Just to help him to bear his cross.
Just to help him to bear his cross.
Eat my body and drink my blood.
Vultures of Montfaucon.
So that death more than this life could.
Join our two names as one.
Let my poor soul just fly away.
From the miseries of this earth.
Let my love find the light of day.
In the light of the universe.
In the light of the universe.

Dance my Esmeralda, sing my Esmeralda.
Dance just one more time for me.
You know I’ll die for love of you.
Dance my Esmeralda, sing my Esmeralda.
Please let my poor soul fly free.
It is not death to die for you.

Dance my Esmeralda, sing my Esmeralda.
Please come sleep here in my arms.
You know I’d die for love of you.
Dance my Esmeralda, sing my Esmeralda.
Beyond, and beyond beyond.
It is not death to die for you.

Dance my Esmeralda, sing my Esmeralda.
Please let my poor soul fly free.
It is not death to die for you.

Originally done in French (and beautifully I might add), this musical is quite brilliant. Generally, I am not a fan of modulating keys; however, this show uses the key changes to add emotional highs and lows to the overall mood. It’s quite lovely and simplistic but complex and mind-blowing in its own right. Also, Garou (Quasimodo) is amazing. His gravelly voice adds so much to the character. Beautiful lyrics, well-intentioned lifts, and great voices add to the loveliness that is this musical.

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