So La Jolla Playhouse posted a “Know Before You Go” brochure about the regional/tryout production of Hunchback of Notre Dame. Several interesting tidbits can be gleamed from it.
Curiously in both the La Jolla and Papermill advertising, Disney does not put their name above the title. And here, it is listed as “based on a novel by victor Hugo with songs from the Disney film”. There seems to be a total embrace of the shows darker qualities, and a marketing push to bring in a more mature audience.
The gargoyles have been cut completely (along with their song “A Guy Like You”…which never totally fit anyway). “Court of Miracles” is back in, after having been cut in Germany. It also seems like Quasimodo’s lines from “god Help the Outcasts” have been removed sicne it says the singers are Esmeralda and Congregation (choir). Topsy Turvy seems to have been turned into an extended sequence with two additional songs added into it.
Hoping to see this when it comes to Papermill. Ive always loved the music and hope it does well. Its a much different piece for Disney and will require a different marketing strategy, but i think it can work beautifully on stage. …and if Michael Arden needs an understudy, I am ready at the drop of a hat. pleaseandthankyou 😉