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Posted by CapnHook 2013-01-08 23:47:23


http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/ghost_stuck_on_the_roof_dt56nTFPYfc9LixVPOGGCK

Menken and Schwartz are working on it with Pete Parnell.

FINALLY.

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Posted by ucjrdude902 2013-01-08 23:52:47


Now this has flop written all over it.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-09 00:04:53


Ugh

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Posted by TheatreKid3 2013-01-09 00:21:41


YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. I really do think this could be the show that wins Disney its next Tony Award for Best Musical. It could seriously be their "Les Mis," in my opinion.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-09 00:25:27


Yes, it's the kind of lighthearted fare parents will line up to spend $130 a ticket on for themselves and their children since it's one of Disney's most well loved and successful films with characters and songs that children have loved for years!

Oh, wait. It's none of those things.



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Posted by TheatreKid3 2013-01-09 00:28:29


That doesn't matter. Disney can do shows outside of their HIT canon and still produce great works. Just look at AIDA. If the show is good enough, it will find its audience. Not to mention the music is some of Alan Menken's best work and one of the most beautiful scores of any Disney film.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-09 00:30:19


Yes, but that wasn't aimed at children. A musical based on their animated films will be targeted to children and families. Like TARZAN.

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Posted by JohnyBroadway 2013-01-09 00:35:04


I still can't wrap my head around on why Tarzan was produced over Mulan, Hunchback, Hercules, and even Aladdin. Was it a vanity project for Collins?

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Posted by KirbyCat 2013-01-09 00:35:37


SWEET BABY JESUS. FINALLY!
I am beyond excited to see this finally happen.
I agree that this is Menken's strongest score as well. Truly haunting and moving.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-09 00:38:42


Disney needs something like SNOW WHITE, CINDERELLA, SLEEPING BEAUTY, a completely revamped ALADDIN etc. They need something "magical" like BEAUTY & THE BEAST again and this one ain't gonna do it. When people go to a Disney musical they want something big, colorful, "magical" and Disney seems to be doing everything in their power to keep from giving that to audiences.

There's a lot of theater lovers that would love to see this HUNCHBACK on stage and I guess I'd be curious about it but I swear I can't even begin to imagine what a huge financial flop this would be, for soooo many different reasons.

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Posted by KirbyCat 2013-01-09 00:44:18


Honestly, I understand where you're coming from Jordan. That said, this could be the show that saves Disney after Tarzan and Mermaid. Hunchback has such potential to be a real piece of art. Massive scale, lush orchestra, beautiful story. I would give anything to hear that score played live.

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Posted by HenryTDobson 2013-01-09 00:54:32


But... Hercules would be so much better! (but also would probably be a financial disaster...)

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Posted by Visceral_Fella 2013-01-09 01:26:24


Jordan, I agree Sleeping Beauty needs to be done. So much potential for the movie if it were to become a Broadway musical.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-09 01:28:54


Visually it's the most intriguing one and also has every element needed to make a truly spectacular BROADWAY show. The fact that they've never even mentioned it being done is mind boggling.

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Posted by Scarywarhol 2013-01-09 03:02:51


Best Disney score ever, bar none.

And you know I mean it. I think Howard Ashman was their greatest talent, and he wasn't even involved.

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Posted by rhdery 2013-01-09 06:07:24


Given the success of Newsies it's pretty obvious the box office done by the film doesn't much matter. But the marketing needs to be about the female protagonist more so than bell boy. It might be just the time for some Francophilia with Les Mis doing so well in theaters.

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Posted by rosscoe(au) 2013-01-09 06:35:01


Yes, yes , yes.

Best news ever.

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Posted by ILOHTFAHA (Aida Man) 2013-01-09 06:47:59


YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's about time! Hunchback should totally be on Broadway

Dream Cast:
Quasimodo-AN UNKNOWN
Frollo-Brian Stokes Mitchell
Esmeralda-Jackie Burns
Pheobus-Ryan Silverman
Colpin-Francis Jue

AND..
Besides Hunchback if a Disney movie were to become a Broadway show, I would love see "Sleeping Beauty" onstage with a few story changes.

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Posted by Phillytheatreguy10 2013-01-09 08:27:02


FINALLY! This movie has an amazing score and music! Hope this pans out!

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Posted by EponineAmneris 2013-01-09 08:55:22


This news makes me as happy as the closing of MARY POPPINS made me sad

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Posted by showchoirguy 2013-01-09 08:58:48


Does anyone else picture Jeremy Jordan starring in Hercules or is it just me?

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Posted by Borstalboy 2013-01-09 10:00:42


More children's theater for Broadway.

The best I can manage is a mild goo-goo and one suck on my pacifier.

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Posted by GatorNY 2013-01-09 10:27:37


I was just watching some clips on youtube. Frollo looks like Maleficent in male drag, and Quasimodo holds Esmeralda up over his head like baby Simba after she gets burned at the stake.

As a stage musical though, I think that the themes of racism and sexual abuse by the catholic clergy are some of the most challenging and important topics to tackle. I wonder if they'll be able to do so without coming across "trying too hard."

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Posted by bdn223 2013-01-09 10:51:01


There are several issues in staging the Original Disney Classics (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White). First and foremost is that unlike the Disney Renaissance films (Mermaid, Beast, Lion King) they have maybe one or two songs, basically meaning a completely new score must be written. Second is that the films were not as theatrical as the Reinasance films, which we're written for the most part as if they were stage musicals. Third is there is way too much deus ex machina in them to leave a modern theatrical audience happy. Adding off that point the characters are extremely dated and one dimensional. The only Disney classics that would make sense to stage is Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. Peter Pan is already a well known Broadway classic so Disney's Peter Pan would basically be a slap in the face of Broadway History. Disney is staging Alice, but Tim Burton's version, likly due to as scene from Wildhorn's Wonderland, there are way too many charters to include, so focusing on just Alice, the Queen of Hearts, The White Queen, and the Mad Hatter makes a ton more sense.

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Posted by little_sally 2013-01-09 11:16:23


I can see them completely sugarcoating this show, which I think will probably cause it to suffer in the long run. No way Disney will put something that dark on Broadway.

On a personal note, I was actually pretty frightened by Hunchback when I was younger, which caused me to always kind of hate it. I do not want to see it on Broadway.

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Posted by finebydesign 2013-01-09 11:24:51


"That said, this could be the show that saves Disney after Tarzan and Mermaid. "

Saves Disney from what? Disney just had a hit with Newsies and Peter and the Star Catchers was as close as the Lion King Disney will ever get to "art."

Unless Aladdin is completely revamped (cutting all the cut/new songs) a stronger book, it's gonna be the same dreck as all their other flops. Those Ashman songs are cute but slapped together did not jive in that new production.

Hunchback is a neat project, but who would see it really? Stephen Schwartz certainly has some celebrity with Wicked, but I don't see any new angles for selling that monster.

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Posted by darquegk 2013-01-09 11:30:42


Hunchback was either a massive success or a failure for Disney, and looking at its treatment in Germany shows what complicates this.

Clearly, they were swinging for another light-hearted but epic family smash in the Beauty and the Beast style with the original animated film, but they instead created a bizarre hybrid- a few child-friendly elements (silly goat, joking statues, heroes live) in a film that otherwise treated the story in a darker, more adult way. No Princess, no merchandising elements, no real promotion after the film when they realized it wasn't "Disney magic" enough.

Staging the show overseas in Berlin, Disney tried to make it the next AIDA, the adult-marketed property by stripping away most of the childlike elements. For the most part it worked, despite a few left-field choices- Quasimodo's statue companions are essentially hallucinations, and unlike the Disney version in which he is a brilliant and artistic soul trapped in a monstrous body, the musical's Quasimodo is mentally handicapped (as in the traditional portrayal of the character).

The question for Broadway becomes, will Disney dare to make Hunchback the next Aida style property and not care that it's not a "kiddie show" at heart, or will they either A: make the stage show even more kid friendly than the notoriously child-alienating animated film, or B: jettison the project entirely?

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Posted by slmlbl 2013-01-09 11:34:43


This literally makes my day.

I am thrilled by this news and hope it happens sooner rather than later.
It has potential to be epic and truly is one of the finest scores. Along with that, I think it is virtually set up to be a piece of theatre and will translate beautifully.

I hope bringing it to the stage allows them to darken it a little more from the movie version.

I look forward to hearing a creative team.



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Posted by little_sally 2013-01-09 11:50:10


I also wonder if Hunchback is as beloved or as present in the public consciousness as say Aladdin or The Little Mermaid. Aladdin is on television all the time, whereas I feel like nobody ever talks about Hunchback anymore.

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Posted by BwayGeek2 2013-01-09 12:00:17


I think that Hunchback has all of the ingredients to make it an epic Broadway musical. The music on the German recording is hauntingly beautiful.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-09 12:02:19


"I also wonder if Hunchback is as beloved or as present in the public consciousness as say Aladdin or The Little Mermaid. Aladdin is on television all the time, whereas I feel like nobody ever talks about Hunchback anymore."

Nobody ever talked about it to begin with. It totally underperformed at the box office and was also a huge disappointment on it's initial home video release.

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Posted by KirbyCat 2013-01-09 12:21:47


Come on though... Drew Sarich.
http://youtu.be/853EkBX78NQ

Also, Terrence Mann as Frollo? Anyone?

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Posted by little_sally 2013-01-09 12:42:05


That's what I thought, Jordan, but I looked the movie up and saw that it was the fifth highest grossing film in 1996. That surprised me though because I don't remember it being a big deal at all.

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Posted by finebydesign 2013-01-09 13:54:53


Sally it wasn't a failure, they even made d2v sequel. It was just not the box-office juggernauts of it's predecessors. After Lion King, Disney Animation took on a different direction financially and tone-wise. Sure they had some hits, but the bubble burst with Lion King. After that Disney started going off the rails and Hunchback's box office just wasn't the same. Also Hunchback didn't exactly spur clambering at toy stores and the parks. And what a year before Toy Story entered the animated film race with CGI.

At the behest of Michael Eisner the film was turned into a musical. It was/is not a popular project at Disney theatrical. It is not even requested say as much as Jungle Book or Newsies is/was.

Certainly Hunchback would have stood a great chance in the days of Phantom/Les Mis. Fact is, Hugo is just really heavy and Disney is a family company. I would be shocked if this show ever made it to Broadway unless it was a touring version.

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Posted by darion 2013-01-09 14:18:40


Whats next? Song of The South? Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah!

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Posted by finebydesign 2013-01-09 14:57:40


Darion, that might actually be art. An examination of that film, racism and our culture on stage would be awesome.

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Posted by CukorLover 2013-01-09 15:52:02


Sounds like a no-brainer to me. Just hire a bunch of former Disney NEWSIES, costume them in rags, have them tumble though the streets of Paris, and call it a day.

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Posted by TheatreKid3 2013-01-09 16:09:20


If ALADDIN is indeed going into the New Amsterdam, then I would love to see HUNCHBACK take either the Palace or the Lunt. Those are the only two I think left of the Nederlander's venues big enough to house it. No way would it work in the Simon, Brooks-Atkinson or Rodgers.

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Posted by Nettik 2013-01-09 16:19:52


This is incredibly exciting, but like others have said, I don't see it being successful.

That said, "Hellfire" is going to be sung on a Broadway stage and I CANNOT WAIT.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-09 16:22:54


Don't get ahead of yourselves and book plane tickets just yet, guys.

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Posted by darion 2013-01-09 16:27:32


FINEBYDESIGN... I cant get that song out of my head now! haha

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-09 16:30:04


And HUNCHBACK was not the 5th highest grossing film of 1996, it was the 15th, taking in 1/3 of what THE LION KING did domestically and significantly less than POCAHONTAS did the year before.

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Posted by TheatreKid3 2013-01-09 16:35:10


People always complain about Disney doing such kid-friendly stuff all the time and never doing anything that is hard-hitting or remotely outside of their initial youth target audience. Well, HUNCHBACK is exactly what you are wanting, and now there are people on here saying it'll flop because the material isn't strong enough or isn't well known.

1.) HUNCHBACK has the potential to be the best and most beautiful piece of theatre DTP has ever created.
2.) The score is incredible and different from any other Disney score in its darkness - which I think is great.
3.) It's Disney. If the show is quality, it will do fine. Just look at NEWSIES.
4.) This is Disney's chance to prove they can do extremely dramatic pieces of theatre outside the traditional family-friendly pieces they've become known for. Like I've said, this could be Disney's Les Mis.
5.) The German production was very well received.




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Posted by ReggieonBway 2013-01-09 16:35:59


Here's hoping Drew Sarich chooses to play the role again, but he may be too old at this point.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-09 16:37:20


"People always complain about Disney doing such kid-friendly stuff all the time and never doing anything that is hard-hitting or remotely outside of their initial youth target audience."

Who's ever complained about that? Kind of like complaining that Colt and Falcon don't do more family-friendly films.

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Posted by TheatreKid3 2013-01-09 16:38:30


At this point, I would say Sarich is too old. He originated the role of Quasimodo around 12 years ago. Plus, he is attached to Rocky and will probably stick with it should it come to Broadway.

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Posted by TheatreKid3 2013-01-09 16:39:40


I mean, I've just read many posts on here of people talking about how all Disney does is their usual alleged "fluff" and such. That's all I was alluding too.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-09 16:40:36


The "Disney" brand isn't going to sell this show, if it happens to come to Broadway. Even your hardcore "Hunchies" have to admit that. This is going to be a TOUGH sell for families and a big name is going to be needed to help sell the show initially.

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Posted by Jake01 2013-01-09 16:40:37


Andrew Varela for Frollo, please, when the Les Miserables tour wraps up!

On a related note, with Cameron Mackintosh's plans to bring Les Miserables back to Broadway next year, that and Hunchback running on Broadway at the same time would be amusing...

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Posted by TheatreKid3 2013-01-09 16:41:51


I would actually like to see Cam Mac attach himself to HUNCHBACK. I think that would prove to be very interesting.

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Posted by TheatreKid3 2013-01-09 16:42:47


"Hunchies" - I guess we already have the equivalent to NEWSIES' "fansies," lol.

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Posted by showchoirguy 2013-01-09 16:46:43


I keep seeing Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Quasi. I don't know why, but it appeals to me.

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Posted by bdn223 2013-01-09 17:01:04


First Andrew Keenan-Bolger is going to reprise his role of Apu in Aladdin, or whatever it was, and he cannot will Quasi. This is because the contract his parent's signed when he was born stated he will appear in every Disney production that call's for a cute and lovable sidekick, and unfortunatly for him Quasi is the lead,

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Posted by bdn223 2013-01-09 17:01:05


First Andrew Keenan-Bolger is going to reprise his role of Apu in Aladdin, or whatever it was, and he cannot will Quasi. This is because the contract his parent's signed when he was born stated he will appear in every Disney production that call's for a cute and lovable sidekick, and unfortunatly for him Quasi is the lead,

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Posted by PattyO'Furniture 2013-01-09 17:24:32


Hunchies! Love it!

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Posted by jimmycurry01 2013-01-09 17:26:35


I love listening to the German Cast recording, and I don't know a lick of German. Hopefully they bring Drew Sarich back for it when it comes around.

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Posted by metropolis10111 2013-01-09 17:54:24


I love this score, I do. I think it is the most layered of the Disney movie stage scores. The show was outstanding in Germany when I saw it and as much as I long for it to be here ... it's not a good idea. The movie was not a hit over here so there is not as big a built in audience for it. The piece (when done right) is a bit heavy for kids. While I do hope it makes it here just to get a new recording of the show I dread the end results.

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Posted by ageorges3 2013-01-09 18:28:56


I'm sure Disney has the same reservations many are expressing here about its sell-ability, but I think a pattern will emerge where the Disney titles that seem least likely to succeed become hits.

I remember reading Schumacher's foreword in that beautiful "Pride Rock on Broadway" coffee table book. He was terrified about bringing Lion King to the stage - he thought it was ill-suited for the theater, and would end up being a bunch of actors parading around in those cartoony Disneyland-esque costumes, putting on a pale imitation of the movie. Disney had (an almost arrogant) confidence in the ability of Tarzan and Mermaid (two movies that seemed surefire hits the family crowds Disney relies on) to succeed. Both flopped. Sounds like many of the reservations Jordan and others have about Hunchback are the similar to those that Disney and the Broadway community had with Newsies.

It wont succeed if they just bring the European production over and mount it here as-is. But, if they get the right creative players and do something so truly avant-garde like The Lion King (not gimmicky avant-garde, which is always a risk, but honest avant-garde), this could be the surprise hit of the decade.

Just some casting ideas:

Patrick Page as Frollo - Page has that insane bass voice, and he's one of the most brilliant stage actors of all time.

Let Paul Kandel play Clopin on stage - his vocal work in the movie is INCREDIBLE and one of the most amazing vocal performances in any animated film ever. He's a great stage actor as well, and should be working a lot more.

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Posted by darquegk 2013-01-09 18:39:51


The role of Clopin in the musical as it stands is, much like the character in the animated film, a rather physically demanding one: lots of dancing, stunts and such. Kandel has never exactly been a dancer or a clown, though his vocals are amazing.

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Posted by SporkGoddess 2013-01-09 18:42:40


Nooo. The music is beautiful. But the story is too sanitized yet still too dark for little kids.

I usually don't like onstage versions of Disney movies, though. Beauty and the Beast was the only one I liked, but I still preferred the film.

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Posted by Brave Sir Robin2 2013-01-09 19:17:09


I think HUNCHBACK needs a redesign to be more modern - the projections and platforms need to be state-of-the-art. I think this could be a huge hit for Disney if the show is well-done. If it becomes a critic's darling, then it could be huge! They'll probably change it to the film ending with ***SPOILER*** Esmerelda not dying, but I'm fine with that. I just hope that Aladdin is good enough to warrant closing Mary Poppins.

Also, I really want Disney to do a classic film for a musical, such as a ballet/musical
Sleeping Beauty hybrid or if Jungle Book came to Broadway or even off-Broadway. Also, a revival of Aida in the next 10 years and a revival of Little Mermaid in the next 15.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-01-09 19:27:55


But THE LITTLE MERMAID was awful.

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Posted by jv92 2013-01-09 19:38:52


Jordan, though HUNCHBACK is quite "un-Disney", it has a marvelous song score, and the best underscore Menken's ever written. (Then again, that's the movie.) I don't think this will be a Disney smasheroo, but I'm glad it's happening. I genuinely love Menken and Schwartz's work on this.

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Posted by kikki327 2013-01-09 19:57:17


Chad Kimball as Quasimodo. anyone?

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Posted by Mister Matt 2013-01-09 20:11:50


Does anyone else picture Jeremy Jordan starring in Hercules or is it just me?

NO. I really don't want to hear him WHAYL through another score.

Hunchback is probably the most theatrical of the Disney animated films. And Disney has proven they can find success n stage productions that are not specifically targeted to children (Aida), or a successful film (Newsies) or adhere to film's original appearance (The Lion King) or screenplay (Mary Poppins). Tarzan and Little Mermaid were mostly victims of poor design. And having seen Hunchback in Berlin, I think it was mostly the design that kept it from Broadway. It was apparently VERY expensive to run and from what I saw, little visual payoff. There is a lot of potential in Hunchback to be a gorgeous dramatic theatrical production. I just hope they can get it right.

Third is there is way too much deus ex machina in them to leave a modern theatrical audience happy. Adding off that point the characters are extremely dated and one dimensional.

And decade after decade, they have NEVER lost an audience, old or young.

I would actually like to see Cam Mac attach himself to HUNCHBACK.

I'd rather see John Napier attached to Hunchback.

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Posted by ReggieonBway 2013-01-09 20:30:07


I don't see Jeremy Jordan in this role, but I gotta love the assumption that he's only a screlter.

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Posted by Jonwo 2013-01-09 20:57:01


I think they could keep the film's ending but keep some elements from the Berlin production like the Gargoyles being a figment of Quasimodo's imagination.

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Posted by JohnyBroadway 2013-01-09 21:24:46


Some of Menken's best work.

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Posted by NewYorkPulse24 2013-01-09 22:26:17


FINALLY!!!!
I have LOVED the German album for YEARS!
Cannot wait!

How about after this they skip Dumbo and go straight to Hercules!

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Posted by Visceral_Fella 2013-01-09 23:31:56


I hope they keep the dark ending.

I really want Tangled to be a Broadway musical. I just might go into debt if that happened and if it were good.

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Posted by Kad 2013-01-09 23:39:08


As they as they cut the gargoyles. Didn't the German production do that much?

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Posted by TheatreKid3 2013-01-09 23:47:48


No, they weren't cut. The talking gargoyles were altered to be figments of Quasimodo's imagination - a change that I really like and hope they keep.

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Posted by RippedMan 2013-01-10 01:32:14


Who says they have to go the normal route for a Disney show? They didn't put their name above the title of Peter and the Starcatcher, and that seemed to work out fine. It was an adult show, but with childish elements. I think this could work as the same idea. I just hope they pick people with some creativity. Tarzan and Mermaid were marred by some awful creative choices.

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Posted by TheatreKid3 2013-01-11 01:45:03


Oh, you can guarantee the Disney logo will be above the title on this one - even if it is dark. It's to much of a classic in their cannon that they developed, and, since the Walt Disney Company oversaw the entire development of the film, I would think it would legally have to be there. But, it might look more like it does with THE LION KING where, instead of saying "Disney's... or Disney and then the show logo, it would read "Disney presents THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME."

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Posted by Jonwo 2013-01-11 01:55:50


Think it'd be more likely be Disney The Hunchback of Notre Dame rather than Disney presents, it's become a recent thing where they brand everything from films to Broadway shows with Disney above the title, only exceptions is Peter and the Starcatcher where Disney isn't lead producer or Mary Poppins which is a co-production.

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Posted by TheatreKid3 2013-01-11 02:23:58


Yeah, I agree Jonwo. I just like how "Disney presents" sounds, haha. I think it suits their Broadway shows.

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Posted by JohnyBroadway 2013-01-11 09:09:10


In the playbill there most recent header has been, Disney Theatrical under Thomas Schumacher presents..... Couldn't they also go back to using the Hyperion banner?

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Posted by TheatreKid3 2013-01-11 13:21:54


Yeah, in the Playbill (all except the Showbill for MARY POPPINS) it is always listed as "Disney Theatrical Productions under the Direction of Thomas Schumacher Presents Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID," for example. Hyperion Theatricals was only used once and that was for AIDA, a show Disney included in their line up but did not use their logo for.

Nowadays, though, as Jonwo pointed out, the trend with all things Disney (movies, products, shows, games, etc.) has been to brand it simply with the "Disney" logo, not with a "'s" or "presents" after it. I think this was a decision that stemmed from the higher ups in corporate. Like with NEWSIES, it just reads "Disney Theatrical Productions under the Direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Disney NEWSIES the Musical," and honestly, at this point (especially since that doesn't seem grammtically correct," I'm sure the logo is just now meant to be there for branding purposes as opposed to being included in the title like in BEAUTY and MERMAID. They've been pretty inconsistent, actually.


But, anyway, to make a long story short without all my babbling, Disney will more than likely just put their logo on it like Jonwo stated earlier.