Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame will make U.S. Premiere at La Jolla Playhouse
The bells of Notre Dame are ringing! However, this time around, they are coming from the West Coast. Disney has won over fans consistently in recent years when it comes to the stage whether it’s regarding recent projects such as Newsies or Aladdin or upcoming project announcements such as Frozen. No matter what way you look at it, Disney carries magic and thrill with it that it is hard to find just about anywhere else in the world. That might just be why Disney announces a new stage production they are working on, it seems as though the world comes to a sudden halt. However, in Disney’s newest project, we count on the bells to knock us out of that daze as they ring loud and clear and head for La Jolla Playhouse in California. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame will make its U.S. premiere at La Jolla during it’s 2014-2015 season!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a musical that features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Peter Parnell. The musical tells the story of Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of the Notre Dame tower. Locked away for years, Quasimodo struggles to gain acceptance into society and eventually makes his way from the tower leaving behind the only life he has ever known. He meets a gypsy by the name of Esmeralda who he falls in love with after she frees him from his miserable world. However, Quasimodo discovers you can’t get everything you’ve ever wanted when Esmeralda falls in love with another man.
La Jolla Playhouse proudly announced that they would be home to the U.S. premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame musical during it’s 2014-2015 season. The production will begin it’s run October 28th, 2014 and conclude December 7th. The production is set to play The Mandell Weiss Theatre at La Jolla. At this point in time, no further engagements beyond La Jolla have been announced.
At this point in time, no casting has been announced!
Leading the entire team in ringing the bells of Notre Dame will be Scott Schwartz who will serve as the production’s director. The show will feature choreography by Josh Bergasse. Michael Starobin will serve as orchestrator while Michael Kosarin will act as arranger and music supervisor. The rest of the production team includes Alexander Dodge as scenic designer, Alejo Vietti as costume designer, Howell Binkley as lighting designer and Gareth Owen as sound designer. The production will be produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.
Disney Theatrical first produced a Hunchback of Notre Dame musical in 1999 in Berlin, Germany under the name Der Glöckner von Notre Dame. The musical feature music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz with a book by James Lapine. Lapine directed the piece as well which opened June 5th, 1999 and closed in June 2002. It was Disney’s first musical premiere outside of the United States and at the time, was one of the longest running musicals in Berlin. The musical followed much more of the original material and was overall much darker than the original Disney film was.
Everyone say it with me now; FINALLY!! Disney Theatrical has had a lot of magic up their sleeve lately with exciting announcements regarding new productions headed to the stage. However, some Disney fans have been eagerly awaiting news on the old magic of Disney and productions they would love to see come to the stage from Disney’s golden era. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is at the top of the list of production U.S. Disney fans have wanted to see hit the stage for years. While hits like The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins have all made their mark in the US on stage, Disney fans are demanding more from a company they know can quite literally make magic happen. As we all know, Disney likes to take its time. In the words of Disney CEO Bob Iger, “It’s about excellence. Not timing.” So has Disney held off on Hunchback in order to rework aspects from the German production over 10 years ago? There is a new book writer attached but who knows what that means. Will Disney bring to life the fan favorite movie in a replica on stage or head for a darker musical like we saw in Germany many years ago? Only time will tell. However, what we can say is The Hunchback of Notre Dame holds enormous potential for becoming a stage musical. The movie itself is filled with musical numbers and an incredible story you can’t help but love. It is one of the top choices from the Disney musical movie golden era to be turned into a stage musical.
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