Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame is set for a live-action remake for anticipated release in 2021. It has been 23 years since the animated classic hit screens back in June 1996, and David Hoberman, head of Mandeville films and former Disney film president, has… Read More »Another Film Ringing the Live-Action Bell: Disney Announces The Hunchback of Notre Dame Remake
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It’s really not fair, this whole preview of rehearsals for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse is less than a minute. But even at that length it’s a marvelous production. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a dramatic retelling of the famous… Read More »The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse – Inside Rehearals
It doesn’t even open until October 26, but the U.S. Premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame musical has had its performance extended by a week to December 14. The La Jolla Playhouse is hosting first American appearance of the musical in collaboration with… Read More »The Hunchback of Notre Dame musical extends its run before the curtain even rises.
There was no show like The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Festival of Fools at Disneyland. Instead of a simple retelling of the story of Quasimodo, Esmeralda, Pheobus, Clopin, and the gang from Disney’s popular movie, it took place in and around the audience in an arena based on medieval play structure and brought a new style of entertainment to guests.
Because there was always multiple things going on in the show at the same time it had repeatability. Also, the performers were given a small amount of leeway to juice up their roles with an extra bit of humor here and there. I saw the show well over 600 times, but I guarantee I never had the same experience twice.
I could have watched it many more times, However, it only ran from June 21, 1996 to April 18, 1998. Not nearly long enough in my book. But I do remember it with an essay in my Dispatch from Disneyland book and, through the magic of YouTube, you can watch a recording of that wonderful final show. Hard to believe it’s been 16 years.