A more detailed picture of the model for Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame set design! Far better than the tiiiny pictures in my last post =)
Set by Alexander Dodge.
Hunchback rehearsals start! Plus Set and Costume Design Sneak-Peek?
So Hunchback rehearsals started today and we’ve got several pics of some of the cast.
From L to R: Michael Arden (Quasimodo), Patrick Page (Frollo), Ciara Renée (Esmeralda), Andrew Samonsky (Phoebus), Erik Liberman (Clopin)
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PC: Alan Menken spoke to me about HUNCHBACK being a real passion project for you both - and that it has been for more than a decade.
SS: It is. It is. We are very excited about the possibilities with this production - we had a pretty spectacular workshop, so we feel like we’ve got a shot to do something really different and really special here with it. You know, we’ll see how it goes, but we are both excited that we are going to get a shot at this.PC: What a compelling concept, especially with the puppets and the distinct carnival atmosphere you are attempting to conjure up with the production.
SS: Yes, it is a really cool concept, but we’ll see - you never know. It’s a big jump to go from a workshop to an actual production, but I think it could be really cool, so we are excited to have a shot.
In the link, he also talks about being excited about Ciara Renée and Michael Arden and their ties to Schwartz’s other musical, Pippin.
So it looks like they are indeed going with puppets to some capacity. What’s new is definitely the “carnival” atmosphere. I have no clue what they mean by that, but I’m hoping we’re at least going to get a CRAZY Topsy Turvy, if nothing else.
Hunchback cast…with pictures! If I made any mistakes, let me know. ‘Twas quite tough to find some of these!
So, what we’re looking at here is a company of 19. Add the the 32-member chorus, and you have a company of 51.
Ian Patrick Gibb will be Quasimodo’s understudy and Samantha Massell will be Esmeralda’s.
Fun Facts: Nora Menken happens to be Alan Menken’s daughter. The musical’s director is Scott Schwartz, Stephen Schwartz’s son. Hope this means we’ll get an AMAZING soundtrack from Menken and Schwartz since they have a more intimate motivation to do give it their all. =)
'THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME' CASTING ANNOUNCED!
Quasimodo - Michael Arden
Frollo - Patrick Page
Esmeralda - Ciara Renée
Clopin - Erik Liberman
Phoebus - Andrew Samonsky
I’ll probably do a more thorough post later today, but yay! And it looks like we figured out most of the cast beforehand except for Phoebus. :P
Quasimodo and Esmeralda - Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)
And at its cruelest
It is still the only world we’ve got
Light and dark
Foul and fair
Tropes in HoND: Beware the Nice Ones
"The sweeter, gentler, more polite, more peaceful, and overall nicer a character is, the worse it will be for whomever is in the vicinity when they’re subject to one round too many of Break the Cutie, or Dude, Where’s My Respect?, a Rant Inducing Slight, or hitting their Berserk Button or Rage Breaking Point. What was once a sweet and nice individual suddenly snaps and becomes something far worse than the Big Bad could have expected.”