This is from folder #21 of the pictures of the Asian Tour Cast of Notre Dame de Paris.

Warning – This is an off-the-Cuff Rant

Elicia MacKenzie as Fleur de Lys, Matt Laurent as Quasimodo & Alessandra Ferrari as Esmeralda, Notre Dame de Paris World Tour Cast picture image

Elicia MacKenzie as Fleur de Lys, Matt Laurent as Quasimodo & Alessandra Ferrari as Esmeralda, Notre Dame de Paris World Tour Cast

Have you been looking forward to World Tour cast of Notre Dame de Paris coming to location relatively close to you? Too bad, it’s over. Their last performance was April 7th in Japan.  Apparently the “World” is Asia. And not even all of Asia only Moscow, China, Taipei and Japan. Now had I read this,

29 septembre 2012
Matt will be on the new Notre-Dame de Paris Tour!

Matt will join the new 2012-2013 tour of Notre-Dame de Paris and will go to Moscow, China, Taiwan and Japan. It’s gonna he english version just like last year.
After more than 550 shows playing Quasimodo, the Huntchback and since 1999, Matt is always very excited to be part of this great musical and is ready to rock it again!
The tour will be held from end of october 2012 until early april 2013.

back in September I would have been angry sooner and would have ranted about it then. I just thought this Tour was just a little disorganized since there was no website or even announcement of dates except for Elicia MacKenzie’s site. I thought tour dates were being delayed as her site because it only went up  to the Japan perfomance dates (of which was wrong on the length the production was in Tokyo). I was wrong in my assumption but then again I thought this tour WAS TOURING THE WORLD, not a portion of a Continent.

The fact is after the Asian Tour they turned around and went to more or less the same places. How can they call it a World Tour when they pretty much only went 4645.96 miles/7476.74 KM?  Why did they bother  at all when they only really  added was Moscow and Japan to the mix? And Russia has been getting the Original troupe concerts since 2010, so they are not hurting to Notre Dame de Paris attention.

I find it odd that for both the Asian Tour and the World Tour rehearsed  in Paris but no performances occurred or even was planned there. But I also find it insulting that most of the principle cast is Canadian and yet there hasn’t been a performance in Canada (or North American) since 2005.

Quite honestly why would you have two Tour Casts less than a year apart tour in same relative locations and one under a name that denotes more places? I mean, did they try for performances in more locations and fail?  I admit, I have no idea how musical tours operate.

Wait I’m going to find out……………one sec……….  Ok, so whoever the tour manger and the booking agents were are to blame. I have to guess that in utter laziness they just went to same places in China and Taipei. Moscow is easy since they already love the show the only risk was Japan.

The time between the Asian Tour and “World Tour” was so on top of each other that I didn’t even know they were separate tours.  Originally, I thought the Asian Tour was the World Tour, and it confused me. And now I know I  was not really  wrong the World Tour was just the Asian Tour 2.0.

I just wish they had called a spade a spade and didn’t call it a “World Tour” when they never left a continent. Perhaps there will be another tour cast that will leave the Asian Continent. Or maybe I should start my own tour cast of the show with sock puppets.

Sock Puppet Frollo from Notre Dame de Paris picture image

Sock Puppet Frollo from Notre Dame de Paris

Apparently it is customary for Richard Charest to thank the crowd in country’s official language and start singing in French but the crowd was happier to heard Richard Cocciante singing in Italian.

These video are from a promotional visit the cast did in January.

Some background; When I was sorting out the pictures from the Asian Tour  I decided to make a sexy/romantic folder which I put into folder 20. It’s an accident that this folder coincides with Valentine’s day, but it seems appropriate doesn’t it?













Still from the Crocus City performances in Moscow.

Here are two videos of Candice Parise singing as Juliette and as Eponine. Parsie played Esmeralda in the 2011-2012 Asian Tour cast of  Notre Dame de Paris as Esmeralda. That cast sang in English but watching these video makes me want to hear her sing Esmeralda in French.



Do you think that the Asian Tour cast will turn in to World Tour Cast? I think they might.


Notre Dame de Paris 2012-2013 Tour picture image

Notre Dame de Paris 2012-2013 Tour

Good News! The English World Tour of Notre Dame de Paris has dates in Russia. It premires October 31 2012 the Crocus City Hall and lasts till November 4th.

When I hear more on dates and locations I’ll post them.

Crocus City Hall 

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