The Hunchback of Notre Dame is set in Paris during the 15th century. The story centres on Quasimodo , the deformed bell ringer of Notre-Dame Cathedral , and his unrequited love for the beautiful dancer La Esmeralda. Her biological mother is a former prostitute once known as Paquette la Chantefleurie but now known as Sister Gudule; her paternity is unknown. Esmeralda has no knowledge of her kidnapping: she lives and travels with the Roma as if she is one of them.
Join StageAgent today and unlock amazing theatre resources and opportunities. Research Playwrights, Librettists, Composers and Lyricists. Browse Theatre Writers. The story is one of love and Quasimodo's secret feelings for the beautiful Esmeralda. Quasimodo is in love with the bohemian girl; but she loves Phoebus, the fiance of Fleur-de-Lys. Frollo, the priest of Notre-Dame cathedral, feels uncontrolled and violent desires for Esmeralda: jealous, he steals Phoebus.
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A shorter version in English was performed in in Las Vegas, Nevada United States and a full-length London production, also in English, ran for seventeen months. Notre-Dame de Paris , according to the Guinness Book of Records , had the most successful first year of any musical ever. The score has been recorded at least seven times to date : the original French concept album, which featured Israeli singer Achinoam Nini aka Noa as Esmeralda was followed by a live, complete recording of the original Paris cast.