At the press launch for the musical in London yesterday, full casting was confirmed for Richard Cocciante and Luc Plamondon’s musical, playing at the London Coliseum from the 23rd to the 27th January.
Returning to London for the first time in 20 years, Notre Dame De Paris will play at the London Coliseum for a strictly limited season in January 2019, directed by Gilles Maheu.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Victor Hugo, Notre Dame de Paris tells the story of the cathedral bell-ringer Quasimodo and his desperate love for the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda.
The cast for the production is set to include Angelo Del Vecchio as Quasimodo, Hiba Tawaji as Esmeralda, Daniel Lavoie as Frollo, Richard Charest as Gringoire, Alyzee Lalande as Fleur-de-Lys, Martin Giroux as Phoebus and Jay as Clopin.
Angelo Del Vecchio has been a part of Notre Dame de Paris for a long time and first played the role of Quasimodo in 2011 in the 10th anniversary tour of the Italian version of the production. Since 2014 he has taken part in the revival of the Notre Dame de Paris original French tour in South Korea, Taiwan and Lebanon.
Hiba Tawaji has been playing the role of Esmeralda all over the world since 2016. She first came to the public’s attention through her music, having been spotted by influential producer Oussama Rahbani with whom she has released three studio albums in Arabic. In 2015, she participated in The Voice in France making it through to the semi-finals and is currently working on new music in French, English and Arabic.
Meanwhile, Daniel Lavoie is an original cast member of the production, having been part of the show since its inception in Paris in 1998. He is a Canadian born author, comedian, actor and composer. In his career, he has released twenty albums and won numerous awards for his music including a World Music Award for his involvement ‘Belle’ from Notre Dame de Paris.
Richard Charest first became involved with the production in 1999 when he first met lyricist Luc Plamondon who felt he would be right for the role of Phoebus. He has recently celebrated his 1000th performance in the show.
Alyzee Lalande is the original Fleur-de-Lys from the 2017 touring cast. She began her career working on the show Jean Le Fidele before going on to land the lead role in Peau d’Âne.
Martin Giroux first became known to the public as a contestant on the second season of Star Academie in 2004. He is an experienced stage, television and musical star. He took over the role of Phoebus in Notre Dame de Paris at the Palais de Congres in Paris.
Notre Dame de Paris was composed by Riccardo Cocciante, who is a successful international singer and composer with more than 40 albums to his name in a variety of languages. The musical features lyrics by Luc Plamondon who has written over 500 songs and five musicals.
As well as being directed by Gilles Maheu, the production’s creative team includes set design by Christian Ratz, choreography by Martino Muller, costume design by Caroline Van Assche and lighting design by Alain Lortie.