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Today's Riedel: Disney planning to bring THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME to the U.S.

TheatreKid3
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"Hunchies" - I guess we already have the equivalent to NEWSIES' "fansies," lol.

Updated On: 1/9/13 at 04:42 PM
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showchoirguy
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I keep seeing Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Quasi. I don't know why, but it appeals to me.
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bdn223
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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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bdn223
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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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PattyO'Furniture
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jimmycurry01
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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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metropolis10111
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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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ageorges3
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Updated On: 3/19/15 at 06:28 PM
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darquegk
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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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SporkGoddess
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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.
Jimmy, what are you doing here in the middle of the night? It's almost 9 PM!
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Brave Sir Robin2
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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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Jordan Catalano
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But THE LITTLE MERMAID was awful.
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jv92
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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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kikki327
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Chad Kimball as Quasimodo. anyone?
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Mister Matt
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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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ReggieonBway
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I don't see Jeremy Jordan in this role, but I gotta love the assumption that he's only a screlter.
Jonwo
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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.

JohnyBroadway
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NewYorkPulse24
Understudy
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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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Visceral_Fella
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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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Kad
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As they as they cut the gargoyles. Didn't the German production do that much?
TheatreKid3
Broadway Star
joined:3/25/12
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.

Updated On: 1/9/13 at 11:47 PM
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RippedMan
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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.
TheatreKid3
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joined:3/25/12
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."
Jonwo
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/06
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.
TheatreKid3
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Yeah, I agree Jonwo. I just like how "Disney presents" sounds, haha. I think it suits their Broadway shows.

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