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Musical 'Hunchback' Fuses Disney With Novel's Authenticity

Jul 19, 2017

Aurora Theatre and Theatrical Outfit unite again! This time, the theater companies are producing the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

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This production made a splash in Germany at the beginning of the millennium and now is being produced at regional theaters in the United States. The show takes the songs of the animated Disney movie and adapts them to Victor Hugo’s original text. The themes and the plot of the show also more closely resemble the novel.

“I think this is more authentic to the human experience,” said the show’s director and Aurora’s associate artistic director Justin Anderson in an interview with "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes. “There is nothing glorious about the way these circumstances end, yet there is a kernel of hope.”

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” opens Thursday at Aurora Theatre and runs through Aug. 27. The show will be on stage with Theatrical Outfit from Sept. 7 to 17.

You can hear more from Anderson and actor David de Vries, who plays Claude Frollo, in the interview above.