Saving the Rifleman (War Girls, #1) by Julie RoweGerman-occupied Brussels, Belgium
Great War, 1914
British Red Cross nurse Maria Hunt lives in daily fear that the Germans will uncover her secret: she helps wounded British soldiers escape.
Lieutenant John Bennet is wounded and running out of options. Trapped behind enemy lines while collecting intelligence, he needs to get out of Belgium if hes going to escape with the information and his life.
Maria is devoted to her patients and her cause, but something else compels her to risk her life for this soldier. While a man of Lieutenant Bennets station would barely speak to her in other circumstances, something in his kind eyes inspires a passion deep within her.
As his injuries worsen, can Maria find the courage to guide him through the war-torn countryside? And should they make it back to England, will their burgeoning desire survive the ravages of war?
Sign in. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! IMDb More. Hide Spoilers. I'm a great music lover and musicals are among my favorites movies. I've seen as many musicals and musical comedies as I could, but Notre-Dame de Paris is still the best so far.
The lyricist Luc Plamondon also complained of xenophobia among the hostile reviews. It has been a smash hit elsewhere in Europe, as well as in South Korea and Kazakhstan. This time, there will also be a live string accompaniment played alongside the prerecorded score. Nothing is spoken, everything is sung from beginning to end. The story is told in singing.
Victor Hugo. One of the biggest inspirations for two of the most globally recognised musicals. But whilst Les Miserables has been a sensation in the UK, well received by audiences both on stage and screen, sadly Notre Dame de Paris pales in comparison. Regal and elegant, I was hopeful that the performance will live up to the height of my expectations. With the first clash of cymbals, the first ring of drums I get instant goosebumps. Gringoire Richard Charest setting the scene, giant gargoyles appearing behind him, dancers who look tiny in comparison roll about the floor. Too much even.
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That Victor Hugo has done alright for himself, inspiring two of the biggest musicals of all time. But the French global musical phenomenon that is Notre Dame de Paris never took off in this country in the way that Les Mis did. The spectacle of the show is undeniable, from the de trop opening three key changes, giant gargoyles, 20 dancers rolling around the massive stone-effect set but so too is the all-consuming naffness.
This cult French rock musical is big on the tunes, a bit iffy on the drama. Quasimodo sung with wonderful, throaty power by Angelo Del Vecchio is surrounded by equally well-realised characters: Esmeralda and Fleur-de-Lys are locked in conflict over their love for Phoebus, while Clopin stirs up the people of Paris in rebellion. What dramatic moments there are come from the hugely energetic chorus. Instead of grotty medieval peasants in rags, we get a troupe of dancers and acrobats who float and tumble across the stage in cheesy ensembles of asymmetrical drapery. It looks stuck in the past, from the ill-advised costuming of Quasimodo to the two wobbly giant gargoyles that are the set design's only attempt at capturing the city that brings these characters together. Went to first performance today - had never heard of it - it was stunnning. Energetic, beautiful French ballads and some stand out numbers.
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. A complete recording of the score in Italian was made, along with a single disc of highlights in Spanish from the Barcelona production. The original London cast album featured several of the original Paris stars, but only preserved a fraction of the score in English.