Tuesday, July 27, 2010

PBS airs Vox Lumiere's performance of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

Tonight, some PBS stations aired the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” as performed by Vox Lumiere and music and lyrics (22 songs, starting with “Just One Day”) by composer Kevin Saunders Hayes. The production is directed by Michael King. (Imdb lists it as officially titled "Vox Lumiere: The Hunchback of Notre Dame" , which as a "film" belongs to DPTV and may have had very limited theatrical presentations since 2008.

The basic website is here.

There is a photo album of Flickr here.

The music incorporates the Cirque du Soleil.

The dancing and lyrical songs are performed with the backdrop of the 1923 silent film of the novel, projected on a back screen in black and white. (Lon Chaney was Quasimodo in that film.) The novel is about a peasant revolt in 15th Century Paris.


Vox Lumiere-The Hunchback of Notre Dame - PBS Trailer from Vox Lumiere on Vimeo.


I saw the 1996 animated film of the novel from Walt Disney Studios.

Wikipedia attribution link for photo of Notre Dame in Paris.  I was there in May 2001.

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