The Hunchback of Notre Dame OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 4, 2015
    Closing:
    April 5, 2015

    Theater: Paper Mill Playhouse / Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ, 07041

    Synopsis: 

    Inspired by the classic Victor Hugo novel and the only stage collaboration between two giants of American musical theater. Music by Alan Menken (Disney's "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast", "Newsies," "Little Shop of Horrors"), lyrics by Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked," "Godspell," "Pippin"). An intimate retelling of the famous love story, with a lush, emotionally rich score and a production that will leave you inspired.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at Paper Mill Playhouse

    Charles Isherwood

    March 18, 2015: Granted, I didn’t actually tally them up, but the words “Kyrie eleison” — that’s Greek for “Lord have mercy” — seem to be sung more frequently in the musical version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at the Paper Mill Playhouse here than they are in many a Mass. Which is saying something, if you’ve heard a few Masses in your day. This is a telling indication of the surprising self-seriousness of this polished but ponderous musical, with a book by Peter Parnell, music by Alan Menken (“Little Shop of Horrors,” “Newsies,” many a Disney film) and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (“Pippin,” “Wicked”). The veterans Mr. Menken and Mr. Schwartz wrote the songs for the lighter-toned animated Disney movie of the same title, collaborating for the first time. Most of those songs are included here, of course, but Mr. Menken and Mr. Schwartz have amply augmented the score with songs that didn’t make it into the movie and others. The musical is billed as being “based on the 1831 novel by Victor Hugo and the 1996 Disney film.” (Strictly speaking, the novel’s title is “Notre Dame de Paris.”)

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