The Hunchback of Notre Dame Will Not Move to Broadway; Fans Sign Petition for Transfer

News   The Hunchback of Notre Dame Will Not Move to Broadway; Fans Sign Petition for Transfer
 
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the new musical based on the Victor Hugo novel and animated Disney film, will not transfer to Broadway following its run at the Paper Mill Playhouse, according to a posting on the Facebook page of actor Patrick Page.

Produced in association with La Jolla Playhouse, the musical opened March 15 following previews that began March 4. Michael Arden, Page and Ciara Renée starred in the production, which played its final performance April 5. 

Page wrote on his Facebook page, "Hey folks--'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' is not transferring to Broadway. If you want to see Michael Arden give a performance for the ages there are two performances Easter Sunday and that's it. Don't miss it."

Disney Theatricals did not immediately respond to a request from Playbill.com for confirmation.

Fans started an online petition at Change.org to bring the musical to Broadway. As of April 6, the petition had 759 signatures.

Inspired by Victor Hugo's novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame features a book by Peter Parnell, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The musical is billed as a "dramatic retelling of the famous love story on a grand scale, with a lush, emotionally rich score."

Menken, Schwartz and Parnell discuss the stage adaptation, which features a new ending and new songs, in the Playbill.com feature: Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz Turn Hunchback Into a Stage Beauty.

Scott Schwartz directed a cast that includes Michael Arden (Big River, The Times They Are A-Changin’) as Quasimodo, Patrick Page (The Lion King, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark) as Dom Claude Frollo, Ciara Renée (Pippin, Big Fish) as Esmeralda, Andrew Samonsky (Little Miss Sunshine, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as Captain Phoebus de Martin and Erik Liberman (Lovemusik) as Clopin Trouillefou.

Read Playbill.com's interview with Patrick Page, about how his personal struggles influence his performances, here.

Rounding out the ensemble were Julian Decker, Mary Joe Duggan, Ian Patrick Gibb, Beth Kirkpatrick, Samantha Massell, Neal Mayer, Nora Menken, William Michals, Anise Ritchie, Vincent Rodriguez III, Richard Ruiz, Joseph J. Simeone, Jeremy Stolle and Dashaun Young.

At each performance, 32 local choir members from the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus served as the onstage choral ensemble.

Arden shares exclusive photos of a two-show day at the Paper Mill here.

"We’re thrilled to present the U.S. premiere of this epic musical with the support once again of Disney Theatrical Productions," Mark S. Hoebee, producing artistic director for the Millburn theatre, said in a previous statement. "The score and the cast are magnificent and our audiences will get to experience an unprecedented 50 voices singing this beautiful music. We are excited to welcome two musical theater legends back to Paper Mill Playhouse, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz."

Stephen Schwartz shares the other Disney films he would like to adapt for the stage here.

The musical was previously performed at La Jolla Playhouse, officially opening Nov. 9, 2014, and extending through Dec. 14.

Read reviews of the production here.

The creative team includes Alexander Dodge (scenic design), Alejo Vietti (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Gareth Owen (sound design) and Charles LaPointe (hair and wig design). Choreography is by Chase Brock, and Michael Kosarin is the music supervisor, vocal and incidental music arranger. Brent-Alan Huffman is the music director and conductor, Rob Berman is the dance music arranger and Michael Starobin provided orchestrations. Steve Rankin is the fight director, and casting is by Tara Rubin Casting.

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