Capitol Theatre, Melbourne

Broadwest Productions, in association with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic proudly present:
‘Quasimodo -The Musical’ – The untold story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame is an exciting new Australian musical written by Samuel Kristy.  Featuring lush orchestrations by Hamish Ander and under the Musical Direction of Andrew Wailes, this show features memorable characters, and a series powerful musical numbers dealing with the universal human issues of Love, Romance, Lust, Betrayal, and Murder. . .
This will be the World Premiere of this powerful and captivating version of the (largely untold) story of Victor Hugo’s classic romantic thriller – an uplifting story of love, hope and resilience.
Set in Paris 1482 in the Gothic marvel of Notre Dame Cathedral, “Quasimodo -The Musical” catapults us into a thrilling tale of unrequited love and a tangled web of mystery, adventure, and intrigue which envelopes the characters – the hunchbacked bellringer Quasimodo, the Gypsy girl Esmeralda, Captain Phoebus, and the Evil Archdeacon Frollo. Destiny throws them together into a seething cauldron of conflicting desires.
The atmosphere of the show is not all dark however. The audience is taken on an exciting emotional roller coaster ride -from tragedy to farce and comedy. The ‘Brethren of Beggars, Thieves and Gypsies’ bring a sparkling ray of light – with their boisterous, rollicking songs and music which will get toes tapping.
The performance is crafted to be both magical and transformative. Using the unique setting of Melbourne historic Capitol Theatre, with its breathtaking multi-colored ceiling, this sumptuous concert version will feature costumed soloists, lighting effects, screen projections, as well as the power of a live orchestra and large chorus performing a musical feast which blends the best elements of sumptuous symphonic writing with classic broadway music (think Les Misérables, Jekyll & Hyde, or The Phantom of the Opera), and elements of rock, pop, swing, and jazz.
Don’t miss out on this spectacular musical – be mesmerized by the sheer joy and power of this production.
The historic art deco Capitol Theatre on Swanston Street in the central business district of Melbourne, opened in 1924 and was designed by American husband and wife architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. It is the oldest of Melbourne’s surviving large picture palaces, and is known for its extravagant decor and abstract motifs, including an intricate geometric ceiling containing thousands of colored lights, designed to evoke the walls of a crystalline cave. Proposals in the early 1960s to demolish the theatre sparked one of Australia’s first major heritage conservation campaigns.  RMIT University purchased The Capitol in 1999 for use as a lecture theatre, and in 2014 it was closed to undergo an extensive five-year restoration and upgrade. The Capitol Theatre has since reopened, and is once again a spectacular venue for festival screenings, theatrical performances and other events. The Capitol is registered with the Australian Heritage Council, the National Trust of Australia and Heritage Victoria, which describes its avant-garde design as “extremely unusual in the realm of theatres and cinemas worldwide” and “a technical triumph”.

In 2024 the Capitol celebrates its 100th anniversary, and the RMP is thrilled to be performing the largest production yet to be staged in the newly restored venue.



Original Music, Lyrics and Script by Samuel Kristy

Original Orchestrations by Hamish Ander

Soloists to be announced 

Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir 

Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra 

Andrew Wailes, conductor