The Verdict: Read Reviews of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Verdict   The Verdict: Read Reviews of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the new musical based on the Victor Hugo novel and animated Disney film, opened at the Paper Mill Playhouse March 15.
Michael Arden in <i>Hunchback</i> at Paper Mill
Michael Arden in Hunchback at Paper Mill Matthew Murphy

Produced in association with La Jolla Playhouse, the musical will continue through April 5.

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."

Read the reviews below. will continue to update.

amNY The Hollywood Reporter

The Huffington Post

The New York Daily News


Read more reviews from the La Jolla premiere production here.

Scott Schwartz directs 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.

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

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

Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn or online at


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