Musical Notre Dame de Paris features spectacular acrobatic performances

Musical Notre Dame de Paris features spectacular acrobatic performances

No safety ropes. No safety nets.

No wonder the audience gasped and held its breath as three acrobats swung from and rocked a large bell suspended about 3m above the ground.

One miscalculation and the musical spectacular could have turned ugly.

Officials at the State Kremlin Palace in the Russian capital of Moscow, where the show was staged, had doubts about the safety of the Notre Dame de Paris acrobats. But their faith in the acrobats paid off. The show's opening night there on Nov 13 was a success.

Since its premiere in France in 1998, Notre Dame de Paris has been staged more than 5,000 times in about 20 countries, such as Italy, Russia, the United States, China and South Korea.

And for the first time, the English version of the show, which is about two hours long, will be performed in Singapore. It will be staged at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands from Dec 17 to Jan 5.

The tragic love story, set in Paris in the 1400s, is about beautiful gypsy Esmeralda (Alessandra Ferrari) who charms hunchback Quasimodo (Matt Laurent) and is lusted after by a priest called Frollo (Robert Marien). Yet, she pines for military captain Phoebus (Alberto Mangia Vinci), who is betrothed to Fleur-de-Lys (Elicia McKenzie).

Notre Dame de Paris, based on Victor Hugo's 1831 French novel of the same name, has acrobats and dancers in addition to its 26-men musical cast.

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