Disney’s The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Will Release Cast Album
While Disney and Hunchback fans could not be more disappointed earlier this year hearing the beloved new stage version of the musical would not head to Broadway, some good news is still in store! While we may not be able to visually relive the beauty of this production, we will be able to hear it thanks to the Ghostlight Label, known for bringing so many Broadway albums to audiences! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Disney’s The Hunchback Of Notre Dame will release a cast recording this fall!
Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a musical that features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Peter Parnell. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel of the same title, the musical tells the story of Quasimodo, who is locked away in the bell tower of Notre Dame, away from the rest of the world. His eagerness to escape and experience the outside world only thrives once he sets his sights until the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. However, his master Phoebus won’t have him going anywhere if it’s up to him. The musical will incorporate the Oscar-nominated score from the Disney 1996 animated film. This brand new productions is set to bring to life the orchestral and choral power of this story in a new intimate retelling of it featuring an incredible score by two of America’s most acclaimed musical theatre composers.
This past week, cast members from the American premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame gathered to record a cast album for the production which will be released November 20th, 2015. While the CD is not being billed as a cast album but more as a soundtrack to the production, it will feature the talent that appeared on stage during the show’s American debuts. The Hunchback of Notre Dame made its American premiere last season first on the West coast playing La Jolla Playhouse in fall 2014 before heading to the East coast playing Paper Mill Playhouse in spring 2015. While many hoped the production would continue on to a life on Broadway, Disney has ruled that out (Although never officially count anything out) and instead will license the new production to regional theaters across the country.
The Hunchback cast recording will feature Michael Arden as Quasimodo, Patrick Page as Dom Claude Frollo, Ciara Renée as Esmeralda, Andrew Samonsky as Captain Phoebus de Martin and Erik Liberman as Clopin Trouillefou. The ensemble featured will include 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. Composer Alan Menken posted a photo (left) on instagram with the ensemble and music team earlier this week while recording.
While we can’t help but be disappointed The Hunchback of Notre Dame will not head to Broadway, we are thrilled that a cast album will be hitting stores soon! Pick up your copy on November 20th, 2015! Don’t forget, if you are interested are licensing a production of this show in your town or local theatre, you can do that too! For more information on the production, visit Musical Theatre International’s Official Website! (Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!