A First Look at Disney's Dramatic Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla (Video)

News   A First Look at Disney's Dramatic Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla (Video)
The La Jolla Playhouse has just released footage of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the stage musical adaptation based on the Disney animated film by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.

Michael Arden
Michael Arden

The stage adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel, with a score by composer Alan Menken (Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors) and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin) and a book by Peter Parnell ("The West Wing," On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), continues through Dec. 14 in the Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Theatre. Scott Schwartz directs.

Read critics' reviews of Hunchback here.

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

The principal cast features Michael Arden (The Times They Are A-Changin’, Big River) as Quasimodo, Patrick Page (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, The Lion King) as Frollo, Ciara Renée (Pippin, Big Fish) as Esmeralda, Andrew Samonsky (Little Miss Sunshine, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as Phoebus and Erik Liberman (Lovemusik) as Clopin.

"Based on the Victor Hugo novel and featuring the Oscar-nominated score from the 1996 Disney animated classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the only stage collaboration from two masters of the American musical theatre, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz," press notes state. "Celebrated for such beloved and award-winning works as Menken’s Newsies, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin and Schwartz’s Godspell, Pippin and Wicked, their artistry reaches its zenith in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Featuring a lush, emotionally rich score, this brand-new production from acclaimed director Scott Schwartz highlights the music's orchestral power and choral beauty in an intimate retelling of the famous love story. Librettist Peter Parnell crafts a bold, highly-theatrical take on the moving tale of the scorned bell-ringer Quasimodo, the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda and the dashing Captain Phoebus in 15th century Paris."

Tickets and more information are available by calling (858) 550-1010 or visiting LaJollaPlayhouse.org.

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