Disney will hold a developmental lab of a new stage adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, based on the 1996 animated film and classic Victor Hugo novel, which will take place in New York City in early 2014, according to an Equity casting notice.
According to Disney, "This is a reinvention of the 1999 German production Der Glockner von Notre Dame, with an eye toward a possible regional theatre production. This new approach to the material incorporates a 'story theatre' style of dramatization in an intimate staging. The epic tale is set in late 15th century Paris. The Hunchback of Notre Dame investigates 'what makes a monster and what makes a man.'"
The film property features such songs as "Out There," "God Help the Outcasts" and "Someday."
In recent seasons Disney has also groomed the properties Newsies and Aladdin for their regional premieres. Those productions later found future lives on Broadway, with Newsies earning Menken is first Tony Award in 2012 and Aladdin scheduled to fly into the New Amsterdam Theatre in 2014.
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