Review : Notre Dame de Paris Musical at London Coliseum 2019

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Performance Date: Saturday 16th January 2019

Website: Notredamedeparislespectacle.com

The smash-hit French musical returns to London for 7 performances only, after touring in 23 countries around the world over the last 20 years.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Victor Hugo, Notre Dame of Paris tells the story of the bell-ringer cathedral Quasimodo and his tragic love for the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda.

This stage spectacular features an international ensemble of singers, dancers, acrobats and a live orchestra, as well as unforgettable music composed by Richard Cocciante, with lyrics by Luc Plamondon.

Notre Dame de Paris was first and last in London from 2000 to 2001, and in that time period I saw it 6 times and fell in love with it. To be honest it should have kept running here, as it is a great musical.

The lights, the music and the costumes everything was perfect and a treat for the eyes and ears.

I loved this show so much, I purchased the French DVD and also Italian DVD and watched them many times…..so much so I can nearly sing all the French songs.

I waited and waited hoping it would come to the UK….more so Glasgow or even Edinburgh so I could see it again but it didn’t….then I saw it advertised for the London Coliseum for one week only and instantly I got tickets. I got the second row from the front, dead centre…yeah I paid a little more but I didn’t care I HAD to see this again!

It was showtime!

I was like a big kid in a candy shop, I couldn’t wait for it to start I was so excited. I saw it was a new cast, apart from one Daniel Lavoie who has been it from the start. He was also in the French DVD version so this was a great honour to see him live in person!!

The performances were all sung in French, with a digital board showing English subtitles but I didn’t need them….I had seen this show so many times from the French DVD I knew it very well so I could just sit listen and enjoy. At the times my favourite songs were sung, I was so happy I had to hold back happy tears.

The show was amazing from start to finish, and I could have easily seen it again! It also used a live orchestra, where the previous times it was a backing track. Using this live orchestra, made it much warmer enjoyable and emotional.

Angelo Del Vecchio as Quasimodo is outstanding, as I was comparing him to Garou but Angelo was just as good. Daniel Lavoie is amazing and delivers strong vocals throughout, and I would even say sings better now.

If you get a chance to see this in any country, please do go and see it you will love it! This is a different kind of musical the way its performed, so don’t go expecting a West End or Broadway-style musical…go with an open mind and enjoy!

This performance stars Angelo Del Vecchio, Hiba Tawaji, Daniel Lavoie, Richard Charest, Alyzée Lalande, Martin Giroux and Jay.

★★★★★

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My Grandparents 60th Wedding Anniversary at the Glasgow Blysthwood Hotel

Event Date : Saturday 11th February 2017

Not many people these days stay married, not many people these days get married.

It’s a rare thing these days to hear anyone married for more then 50 years, most people tend to just be life long partners but what matters most is that you love the person you are with.

The good parts and the bad parts, this is true love not caring about the past just caring about the present and your future with them.

My Grandparents were 60 years married, and 60 years still happy not may can say this.

Tonight was the celebration event for my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary, and it was being held at the Glasgow Blysthwood Square Hotel.

Website : www.blythswoodsquare.com/partner/glasgow-blythswood-square/

11 Blythswood Square
Glasgow G2 4AD

On arrival the event room was empty as I got here early, so it was a good time to get some good photos.

The cake was really lovely and elegantly decorated, we also had really pretty balloons.

The company used was Cloud Nine Cake Centre

Website : www.cloudninecakecentre.co.uk

At Cloud Nine Cake Centre we specialise in celebration cakes and everything you need to make your own if you prefer! We can create something amazing for your wedding or party and we supply cake decorating supplies to businesses and schools all over the country.

The room was decorated very nicely, there were anniversary balloons around the room. There was a nice white dance floor, which you can rent from the Hotel for any special occasion.

I took a video which is on my Instagram feel free to check it out : VIEW

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As everyone turned up we all waited in the lower bar area, where a Saxophone player was playing in the background.

His name was Andy Weaver he was very good and the music created a nice welcoming atmosphere. Please check him out on his Facebook page below.

Facebook : facebook.com/andy.weaver.37

Once everyone had arrived we all went to our tables.

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As you saw from the above photos and video, and the one above this text the table settings were really nice and very elegant. Everyone commented on this, and how lovely the room was.

Tonights table setting were done by the company Bespoke Touches

Website : www.bespoketouches.co.uk

We understand how important it is to create the right atmosphere at your venue and to achieve this we offer a range of bespoke wedding and event services tailored to your needs and wishes.
We can provide a full venue styling package including chair covers, centrepieces, accessories and favours or provide the finishing touch you need to complete your special day.

We deliver a stunning setting suitable for any occasion. with our experience, contacts and high quality products we ensure that your event remains firmly in the minds of friends, family and guests for years to come.

A little thought can go a long way… with a little thought and a lot of planning any venue can take on a vibrant, beautiful almost magical appearance.

Since I am a food blogger I couldn’t not take photos of the food tonight.

We were given a menu which to be honest I didn’t really get a change to study, as I was busy chatting with people.

I made a quick decision when ordering but it was a good one.

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Starter :

Smooth chicken liver parfait, toasted brioche, Onion chutney and rocket

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I am a big fan of Pate and this was full of flavour, having it on the brioche just set it off and was really good.

Again anywhere you go and order Pate they never give you enough whatever to spread it on, you always get a larger amount of Pate then the toast etc….I really wish I knew why they did this.

Main :

Seared supreme of Chicken with chive mashed potato, leek fondue, fine beans with shallots, Cherry tomatoes and red wine sauce

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For me this was the only option on the menu that sounded ok, the other option I wasn’t really a fan of so this was my fall back.

I am glad it was a fall back, the chicken was cooked really nice.

The leek fondue was my favourite as what ever they did to it, it was a really nice flavour and I could have had more.

Dessert :

Vanilla panna cotta , mango and kiwi salsa, passionfruit syrup and Chantilly cream

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There is always room for dessert.

This was very light, very easy to eat and had a nice flavour.

To finish we had a coffee or tea.

Through the meal and a little after the mean singer Henrick Solera.

Henrick Solera Facebook : www.facebook.com/henricksolera/
Twitter : @henricksolera
Website : www.rickysolera.com

I have now met Henrick a few times, as he has been at most of the events we have held at the Blysthwood Hotel.

My little cousin Danielle also sang a song with him, again a proud cousin here as thats something I couldn’t do even if I could sing in tune. Its only a short clip as the full video is 3mins long, and Instagram limit size.

Video : Watch

The evening went very well, and my grandparents had a lovely time.

This was a special moment for all the family, my grandparents and friends. Again I would like to wish them a Happy Anniversary

xxx