LAS VEGAS — “Notre Dame de Paris,” an eclectic legit musical composed of one part each opera, rock ‘n’ roll concert and circus, eschewed the traditional venue of New York and made its U.S. bow in a surrealistic setting in keeping with the show: Paris Las Vegas Resort.
An adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic novel, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” this is the first all English language adaptation of the French pop rock musical. Celebs and the creative team from two countries came together last Friday night to peek at the show’s current incarnation.
The post-party, held on site, radiated French ambiance from a free-standing 50-foot Eiffel Tower to images of Notre Dame’s stained glass windows, projected onto the room’s massive walls. French pastries were served and the champagne flowed.
Actress and show producer Line Renaud dispensed kudos to the creative team, producers Wayne Baruch and Joseph Rascoff, composer Richard Cocciante, and author Luc Plamondon, among others. Then Baruch announced, “Let’s party!”
Hollywood celebs at the grand opening included Gregory Peck, Andy Williams, Corbin Bernsen and his wife, Amanda Pays, and David Foster. Other bash goers were Mirage Resorts casino developer Steve Wynn and Las Vegas headliners Frank Marino, Clint Holmes and Mac King.
All premiere proceeds went to the Neil Bogart Foundation, seeking a cure for children with AIDS or cancer.