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she was The Real story Behind the hunchback & notre dame

The events that occurred in Victor Hugo's classic tale—the celebration, the deception, the murder—all had a single common thread: Esmeralda. She was a ravishing young Gypsy girl living a vagabond life as a prostitute. Taunted, despised and even envied by fellow Parisians, her services were lusted after by the wealthy and powerful with obsessive fervor.

When Esmeralda encounters another Paris outcast, Sister Gudule, she recognizes the red baby's boot coveted by the old woman. She realizes the senile woman is her long lost mother. Gudule blames the Gypsy for kidnapping and murdering her baby daughter so many years ago and accuses her of witchcraft. The evil Archdeacon, Dom Claude Frollo, sends his adopted son, Quasimodo, the Hunchback, to kidnap the Gypsy to stand trial and receive punishment. Frollo becomes obsessed with Esmeralda and demands she become his concubine. When she refuses him, this sets in motion a series of events that shatters the norms of this imperial city as Esmeralda becomes both the provocateur and victim to it all.

Esmeralda the Musical captures the milieu of the times in spectacular fashion. The inventive set design, delightful, decadent costumes, jaw-dropping special theatrical effects and, of course, the MUSIC. With contemporary styles mixed with traditional big show anthems, the music in Esmeralda will captivate audiences of all ages. A classic tale of love, deception and vindication, Esmeralda is a theatrical experience that will appeal to a world-wide audience. Enjoy.

*Many of the songs and much of the Libretto for Esmeralda was written during my residency at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts just outside Saratoga, Wyoming. During my two-week artists residency I was provided with a private music studio, complete freedom to write and create 24-hours a day and all the wonderful amenities Brush Creek had to offer. Esmeralda is the result of that incredible opportunity. It was the single most creative two weeks I have ever spent in my life. Thank you Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.

 

 
  First table reading of "Esmeralda" at Static Shack Studios, Indianapolis, Indiana, February 4th. What an excellent group of talent.

First table reading of "Esmeralda" at Static Shack Studios, Indianapolis, Indiana, February 4th. What an excellent group of talent.

Watch excerpts from the table reading of "ESMERALDA." Our new musical is a multi-media presentation of this classic tale but taking the Woman's point-of-view. A story of Love, Deception and Vindication, "ESMERALDA" is theatrical experience that will appeal to a worldwide audience.

  Esmeralda laments about the public hypocrisy and ridicule regarding her life as a prostitute. (Click on Image to download LYRICS)

Esmeralda laments about the public hypocrisy and ridicule regarding her life as a prostitute. (Click on Image to download LYRICS)

  After celebrating his fleeting fame as the "King Of Fools, Quasimodo sings a hopeful song about finding true love.   (Click on Image to download LYRICS)

After celebrating his fleeting fame as the "King Of Fools, Quasimodo sings a hopeful song about finding true love. (Click on Image to download LYRICS)

  Esmeralda sings about her thoughts on MEN with the women of Paris. (Click on Image to download LYRICS)

Esmeralda sings about her thoughts on MEN with the women of Paris. (Click on Image to download LYRICS)

  Seeing her from his Sanctuary, the Bell Tower of Notre Dame, Quasimodo sings this love ballad to Esmeralda. (Click on Image to download LYRICS)

Seeing her from his Sanctuary, the Bell Tower of Notre Dame, Quasimodo sings this love ballad to Esmeralda. (Click on Image to download LYRICS)

  Falling helplessly in love with Phoebus, the Captain of the Palace Guard, Esmeralda sings of her longing for him. (Click on Image to download LYRICS)

Falling helplessly in love with Phoebus, the Captain of the Palace Guard, Esmeralda sings of her longing for him. (Click on Image to download LYRICS)

  After his encounter with Esmeralda, the evil alchemist, Dom Claude Frollo, returns to his tower lair atop Notre Dame. He sings about his obsession to make the Gypsy girl his very own.   (Click on Image to download LYRICS)(Click on Image to download LYRICS

After his encounter with Esmeralda, the evil alchemist, Dom Claude Frollo, returns to his tower lair atop Notre Dame. He sings about his obsession to make the Gypsy girl his very own. (Click on Image to download LYRICS)(Click on Image to download LYRICS

  Closing song of ACT I. After Quasimodo saves her from the Gallows, Esmeralda sings about how her life has changed now that she is safe in the clock Tower. (Click on Image to download LYRICS)

Closing song of ACT I. After Quasimodo saves her from the Gallows, Esmeralda sings about how her life has changed now that she is safe in the clock Tower. (Click on Image to download LYRICS)

  The OPENING SONG of ACT II, the Poet/Showman Gringoire tantalizes the people of Paris with the "scoop" on what happened to the Gypsy girl.   (Click on Image to download LYRICS)

The OPENING SONG of ACT II, the Poet/Showman Gringoire tantalizes the people of Paris with the "scoop" on what happened to the Gypsy girl. (Click on Image to download LYRICS)

OPENING SCENE ACT I Excavation pit where they discover Esmeralda's skeleton.

Esmeralda's Costume

Quasimodo's Costume

Dom Claude Frollo's Costume

Quasimodo's "Sanctuary" in the Bell Tower of Notre Dame overlooking the city of Paris.

  Esmeralda after she is arrested and imprisoned in an underground dungeon. Here she sings "Keep Me Company" as the Moonlight becomes her only companion.

Esmeralda after she is arrested and imprisoned in an underground dungeon. Here she sings "Keep Me Company" as the Moonlight becomes her only companion.

SANCTUARY! Quasimodo saves Esmeralda from the gallows.

All artwork by Sheryl Chieng. © Stephen Marra

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