With the Cast Album Coming Soon, Spend a Day With Hunchback of Notre Dame Star Michael Arden

News   With the Cast Album Coming Soon, Spend a Day With Hunchback of Notre Dame Star Michael Arden The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the new musical based on the Victor Hugo novel and animated Disney film, releases its much-anticipated cast album Jan. 22. Michael Arden, Patrick Page and Ciara Renée starred in the Paper Mill Playhouse production. During the run, Arden shared a two-show day with Playbill.com!

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The album is available for pre-order on the Ghostlight Records label. Fans who pre-order the album will be able to download the song "The Bells of Notre Dame" immediately, with three more tracks becoming available ahead of the entire album’s release. To pre-order the CD, which comes packaged with a 32-page booklet with full lyrics, photos, and a note from composer Alan Menken, you can also visit Sh-k-boom.com/hunchback-of-notre-dame. The album is produced by Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Chris Montan and Executive Producer, Kurt Deutsch.

The album features Michael Arden (Big River) as Quasimodo, Patrick Page (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Dom Claude Frollo, Ciara Renée (Pippin) as Esmeralda, Andrew Samonsky (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as Captain Phoebus de Martin and Erik Liberman (Lovemusik) as Clopin Trouillefou. Featured in the ensemble are: 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.

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 was 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.

The rights to The Hunchback of Notre Dame are now available for professional theatre productions, licensed exclusively through Music Theatre International at MTIShows.com.

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