‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ voted best musical of all time

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1998) has changed the History of Musical entertainment forever.

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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Tuesday, November 28), Luc Plamondon and Richard Cocciante 1998's legenderay show The Hunchback of Notre Dame is now considered to be the Greatest Musical in the History of Music.

UPDATE 29/11/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

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To many of you it’s probably a familiar story. Once every decade, the world-renowned music magazine Watch and Listen conducts a global poll of music producers and critics from 80 different countries and translated into 20 languages. The recognition of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (with a musical score by Luc Plamondon and Richard Cocciante) in this decade's list doesn't come as much of a surprise.

Check out: The Full Watch and Listen's “Greatest Musicals of All Time” List for 2023

Poll results stir controversy among music critics

While millions of Pelletier, Lavoie, Minogue, Garou, Ségara, Léonard, Zenatti, Ponce, Plamondon, Mervil, Fiori, Cocciante or Arena's fans in France and around the world were thrilled with the news, questions have been raised about the objectivity and fairness of the survey. Only a few minutes after the poll had been released, famous music critic and newspaper director Simon Ebert commented on his Twitter account:

Bruno Pelletier, Daniel Lavoie, Dannii Minogue, Garou, Hélène Ségara, Herbert Léonard, Julie Zenatti, Lola Ponce, Luc Plamondon, Luck Mervil, Patrick Fiori, Richard Cocciante, Tina Arena?? The Hunchback of Notre Dame?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 28 November 2023

Our poll has in the past been the subject of criticism”, explains Watch and Listen's editor Gary McDermott, adding that “its prestige comes from its exclusivity and its longevity” (the poll has been run every ten years since November 1933).

Do you agree with this poll? Is the Hunchback of Notre Dame the best musical ever for you?

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