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Captain Phoebus de Chateaupers of Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris is a musical written by Richard Cocciante and Luc Plamondon. It was first performed in Paris in 1998 in French. Ever since it has been translated into many different languages and have been performed dozen of times in many Countries.
But who is he?
Phoebus is the Captain of the King’s Archers which is a fancy title for city watch. In this capacity he meets Esmeralda. Like most of the men in the show, Phoebus is instantly attracted to her. The catch is the he is engaged to a noblewoman named Fleur-de-Lys whom is every bit Esmeralda’s foil. Not that this really is an hindrance to Phoebus’ pursuit of the lovely dancer.
Phoebus serve as the handsome cad with a smooth yet powerful voice. He says all the right things but doesn’t mean them. He is the foil to both the devoted Quasimodo and the obsessive Frollo.
This page looks at the actors who had played him.
Please Note this is not a complete list. Casts that are missing are the Polish, Greek, Ukrainian, Mexican, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Kazakhstan, and Albanian. There are probably more that have been missed. Hopefully they will be add in future updates.
Patrick Fiori played Phoebus in the Original Cast in Paris in 1998. He left the cast in 2000 to pursue other projects which included his 4th album Chrysalide. Along with Garou and Daniel Lavoie, Fiori recorded the version of “Belle” that charted as a number one single.
Fiori was born in Marseille France. He is of French-Armenian descent on his father side and Corsican on his mother side. He started music at twelve and recorded his first song at sixteen.
In 1993 at the age of 23 he represented France at Eurovision with the song “Mama Corsica.” The following year he released his debut album, Puisque c'est l'heure.
In 1998 Fiori did the French signing roles of Shang in Mulan and provided the singing for Rameses II in The Prince of Egypt.
Fiori has recorded eleven album with his most recent being 2020’s Un air de familie.
Fiori once said in a behind the scenes documentary for Frequenstar about Notre Dame de Paris that he had wished he could have sung a song like Quasimodo’s song Les Cloches.
Damien Sargue was alternative & understudy for Phoebus and Gringoire in the Original cast. It is fairly standard practice in the casts that the understudies/alternative take two roles and Phoebus and Gringoire are paired up. Sargue was just sixteen at the time.
Damien Sargue is most know for his staring role as Romeo in Gérald Presgurvic’s Roméo et Juliette, de la Haine à l’Amour. He reprised his role as Roméo a few times.
He did the French dub of Raoul for the 2004 movie version of The Phantom of the Opera. He also appeared on the fourth season of Danse avec les stars. He also recorded several singles, ep and albums.
Richard Charest was born in Quebec City. He was an alternative/understudy in 1999 and took over the roles of both Phoebus and Gringoire from 1999 to 2001 in France.Played Phoebus is the 2000 Quebec cast, 2001 Canadian cast, the 2001 Morgdor cast, and 2005-2006 Canadian Cast. In 2005 he switch to playing Gringoire performing in both French and English. His final time playing Gringoire was April 2022 in Taiwan.
He was recorded playing Phoebus in the 2001 Live Mogador 2001 album as well as was on two French recording as Gringoire during the Asian Tour.
In addition to Charest recorded his first solo album in 1997 entitled Blues Occidental. He was the composer and co-author of Rimbaud Musical he also performed in the show. He was also in a show called Rabbi Jacob which was directed by Patrick Timsit (fun fact Timsit directed a parody film version of Hunchback which he also stared as Quasimodo.)
Other shows that Charest has been in have included Big Bazar and Once upon a tine Joe Dassin.
Michel Cerroni was an alternative/understudy in the Original Paris cast. He then took over as Phoebus in the 1999-2001 cast and was also the understudy for Phoebus too.
Pierre Benard-Conway played Phoebus in the Original Canadian cast in 2000. This cast was in the French language.
Laurent Bàn was born in Briey France.
He started as an alternative for the 2001 Morgador Cast. He then went of to play Phoebus in the 2002-2003 French Asian Tour cast, the 2005 Asian Tour revival cast, the 2005 Paris cast (this cast was considered a brief stop between the Asian Tour and the 2005-2006 Canadian cast.) Bàn was then an alternate for roles of Phoebus and Gringoire for the 2005-2006 Canadian cast. And then Bàn makes a hard pivot and became an alternate for Frollo in Seoul 2021 to January 2022 tour and for the Taiwan 2022 run.
After seeing Starmania (another musical by Luc Plamondon), Bàn decided to study music and acting. He has been in a few musicals including Zorro, Hair, Mozart, l’opéra rock, Il conte di Montecristo and Amleto, Dramma Musicale. The last musical he performed in Italian.
He has also written two French musical adaptations entitled Le Journal d'Adam et Eve and Marlène D. The Legend.
He has released three solo albums.
Jean Ravel was an alternate for both Phoebus and Gringoire in the Original 2002 French Language Canadian cast and again in the 2001 Canadian cast.
Cyril Niccolai is mostly known for playing Grignoire but he did serve as an alternative Phoebus in 2005 Paris cast and 2005 Asian Tour as well.
He was also in Roméo et Juliette, de la Haine à l’Amour. along side Damien Sargue.
Steve Balsamo played Phoebus in Original London cast in 2000.
Born in Swansea Wales, Balsamo is most known for staring in Jesus Christ Superstar from 1996 to 1997. He was also in the 1993 cast of Les Misérables as Feuilly and understudied and played Marius. In 2003 he also started in Eric Woolfson’s Poe which was content perfomance of Edgar Allen Poe’s poetry.
He had also released three singles and one album prior to forming his own bad called The Storys. The band slips up in 2010
He is also a very successful songwriter.
Dean Collinson was an alternate for Phoebus for the original London cast. He then went on to share the role in 2000-2001 cast.
Scott Cison shared the role of Phoebus during the 2000-2001 London cast.
Mark Smith shared the role of Phoebus during the 2000-2001 London cast. He then went on to play Phoebus for the so called final London cast in 2001. He also played Phoebus in the Las Vegas A Cast in 1998.
There is more info on him in the Vegas section.
Steven Judkins was an alternate/understudy in the final London cast in 2001. In addition to playing Phoebus in this capacity he also played Gringoire and Clopin.
He has done acting work and produced a short video which also wrote, directed and stared.
Mark Powell was an alternate/understudy in the final London cast in 2001 played Phoebus and Gringoire.
Graziano Galatone played Phoebus or Febo in the Original Italian cast. He was one the Live from Verona DVD. Since then he has reprised his role of Febo in the 2003 cast, the 2007 cast, the 2016-2017 tour, 2019-2022 tour and the 20th anniversary cast.
Galatone has also appeared in Tosca- Desperate Love, The Prince of Youth, and I promessi sposi. In 2009 he wrote the musical Bernadette, the Miracles of Lourdes.
In 2019 to 2020 he took over the music part on I fatti tua on Rai 2. He replaced Giò Di Tanno, another member of the Notre Dame de Paris cast.
Heron Borelli started out as the alternate for Febo and Gringoire for the 2002 Original Italian cast. He then shared the role from 2003 to 2009.
Borelli is a recording artist and has done songs with McEndoz and Dhany which included “Blueskies” and “Spaghetti a Detroit”
Alberto Mangia Vinci
In 2003 Alberto Mangia Vinci shared the role of Febo along side Graziano Galatone and Heron Borelli. In 2004 and 2005 he continued to share the role and again in 2008 to 2009.
PFM’s Dracula Opera, The Divine Comedy, Don Matteo, and Flashdance.
Giacomo Salvietti played Febo in the 10th anniversary tour cast in 2011-2012 and he reprised his role in as alternate in the 2019-2022 cast.
Was on the second season of X Factor Italy (2008). He finished in 14th place.
Oscar Nini was an alternate/understudy for Febo in the 10th anniversary cast.
Luca Marconi was an alternate/understudy both Febo and Grignoire in the 10th anniversary cast and the 2016-2017 cast.
Riccardo Maccaferri was the alternate/understudy for Febo and Gringoire in the 20th anniversary cast.
Lisardo Guarinos played Phoebus (also known as as Febo) in the original Spain cast in Barcelona in 2001 to 2002.
He has been in numerous telenovela since 2000 and three films.
Salvador Racero played the alternate from Febo and Gringoire for the 2001-2002 Barcelona cast.
He also goes by the Salva Racero. He is most know for for playing Professor in the show Paradigma. In 2006 he was the singer in the band Lax’n’Busto which he record five album. He recorded his first solo album in 2019 along with an EP.
Guillermo Crovetto played Febo in the 2011 Spanish cast.
He is part of The Changers a musical cover band.
Kim Seong-Min played Phoebus in the original Korean cast in 2007 to 2014.
Kim Tae-Hyeong was the alternative/understudy for Phoebus and Gringoire for the 2007-2014 original Korean cast.
Choi Soo Hyung
Choi Soo Hyung shared the role of Phoebus in the 2016-2018 cast.
He has been featured in a K-drama.
Lee Choong-Joo shared the role of Phoebus in the 2016-2018 cast.
He was a member of the group Edel Reinklang. He has also been in a K-drama.
Ko Eun-Sung shared the role of Phoebus in the 2016-2018 cast.
He debut in Spring Awakening in 2011. He is a member of Hoexpresso.
Other musicals he has appeared have been Grease and wicked. He has been in TV, K-drama and films.
Anton Makarski played Phoebus in the 2002 Russian cast and was played in the Russian language music video of “Belle.”
In addition to being a singer he has had a career as television actor. He is most known for appearing in Perom I shpagoy, The Return of the Musketeers, and Okhota na geniya.
Alexei Sekirin was an alternate/understudy for Phoebus in the 2002 Russian cast.
He also went on to have a career in television. He is most well known for appearing in Schastlivy vmeste, Under Military Law 2, and Vodovorot chuzhikh zhelaniy.
Maxim Novikov was an alternate/understudy for Phoebus in the 2002 Russian cast.
Eduard Shoulzhevsky took over the role of Phoebus for the 2003 Russian cast.
He has also stared as Romeo in Roméo et Juliette, de la Haine à l’Amour. He has gone on to have solo music career.
Mark Smith played Phoebus in Las Vegas A Cast in 2000. He also played Phoebus in London.
He was raised in Tennessee. He originated the role of Mikey in the long running hit musical The Ballad of Little Mikey. He has also been in regional productions of Pippin, Big River, 1776 and Anything Goes.
In London, he was the lead singer in the world famous Chippendales' "One Night Only.”
He has been in TV shows like Days of Our Lives and appearances on General Hospital and The Young and the Restless.
Tony Torres played Phoebus as an understudy in the Las Vegas B cast in 2000.
He also was in Starlight Express in Las Vegas in 1997.
Tim Driesen played Phoebus in the original Belgium cast in Flemish. He won “Best Supporting Actor in a Musical” at the VMPs the Flemish Musical Awards.
He then went on to be an alternate/understudy in the 2011 Asian tour cast for Phoebus and Gringoire in English.
Driesen has been in many musicals such as Never Forget, We Will Rock You, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Rent, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jersey Boys, Starlight Express, Rock of Ages, and The Lion King to name a few.
He has also done work in Television and song recordings which are mostly cast albums.
Stephen Webb played Phoebus in the 2011-2012 Asian Tour cast in English
He has also been in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Titanic the Musical, Rothschild & Sons, Jersey Boys, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Legally Blonde, Footloose and Guys and Dolls to name a few.
Gabor Hegedus was alternate/understudy for the 2012 world tour which was in English and also an alternate/understudy for the 2014-2015 Asian Tour in French
Yvan Pedneault played Phoebus since 2012 in the Asian Tour cast in English and again for the French Language World Tour Revival which began its run in 2016 to present. He will be reprising Phoebus for the New York City premiere July 2022.
He is known for covering Queen songs.
Jérémy Amelin was an alternate/understudy for the 2014-2015 Asian Tour in French.
He was a finalist on Star Academy 5. He has released five singles and has his own clothing line Elektrode. He has also appeared in the musical Flamboyant.
Martin Giroux played Phoebus in the 2016-2019 French Revival World Tour cast. This includes appearing at the London Coliseum in 2019 for a week and Quebec 2018.
He was an contestant on Star Académie in 2004. He released his first album entitled Faut due j’te dise in 2005 and the single “J't'aimerai encore” was number one for nine weeks on the Top 100 BDS Francophone. He realized two other albums in 2008 and 2010.
He was an understudy for Quebec production of Dracula - Entre l’amour et la mort for the lead role.
Flo Carli played Phoebus as alternate/understudy for the French Revival World Tour. The Tour started in 2016 to 2019 and was extended to shows in 2020, 2021, and 2022. He also understudies Gringoire as is standard practice of the overall production.
John Eyzen played Phoebus in Asian Tour 2014-2015 as an alternate/understudy and he has been an alternate through the 2020 to 2022 production though he mostly plays Gringoire.
He started on stage at three. When he was seven he joined a children’s dance company, At sixteen he form a group ‘Eyzen’ which performed concerts in France as well as recorded an album.
He also created another group in 2011 called ‘Hyperpathia.’
In 2004 he joined the cast of Star Academy, during which he sang a duet with Garou, who was on the original Notre Dame de Paris French cast as Quasimodo.
In 2006 he played Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, de la Haine à l’Amour. He has also appeared in Holiday on Ice and Einstein. He was also in the staring role in a movie called Medici.
In addition he also composes music for short movies, plays and musicals.