I have a hunch this may be a hard task but producers of a new musical are holding open auditions in London on Tuesday to find a performer able to play Quasimodo in the last great unproduced musical by Oliver! composer Lionel Bart.
They’re looking for an undiscovered singing talent for the role of a lifetime to star as the infamous and tragic Parisian hunchback.
“We need a young man who has the vulnerability of Charles Laughton and the animal magnetism of a young Tom Hardy, but who can also sing like Tom Jones,” says director Robert Chevara.
“Quasimodo is the most complex character in Bart’s most ambitious score. Like The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Quasimodo is an iconic role.
“He is like a young bull and the part is incredibly physically and emotionally demanding. He must be able to embody the isolation of the total outsider and have the duality of both ferocious power but also a child-like inner joy.
“His scenes with Esmeralda fizz with sexuality and electricity and as in Beauty and the Beast, the audience should question their prejudice of what being ugly, or beautiful, really means.”
Would-be Quasimodos should have a playing age of 18 - 25 with a strong tenor voice, good physique, yet vulnerable.
Open auditions will be held at the King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street. London N1 from 10.00am on Tuesday, January 15. Just turn up on the day, but any questions about the role or the production can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org