Why “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” should be on Broadway


Michael Arden as Quasimodo and Ciara Renee as Esmeralda

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is a well-known Disney movie based off the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, with several major differences. In 2015 the Paper Mill theatre brought the magic of this film to an off-Broadway production, which many theatre fans would love to see on Broadway.

The off-Broadway production cast included Michael Arden as Quasimodo, Ciara Renee as Esmeralda, Patrick Page as Frollo and Andrew Samonsky as Phoebus. The production ended April 5, 2015 and was a success among audiences. Now the fans of the show want to see it on Broadway, which would give more people the opportunity to see it compared to the off-Broadway production.

Taking place in France, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is a powerful story about a disfigured man named Quasimodo who spends his life as a bell ringer in the Notre Dame tower. His master, Frollo, tells him to never enter the outside world. He falls for the gypsy girl Esmeralda, who sees him as a person and gives him the friendship he has never known. Along the way Esmeralda falls for captain of the guard Phoebus, who later befriends Quasimodo as well.

The story is dark, but it deals with the important messages of poverty, lower class vs. higher class, friendship, love, selflessness and “what makes a monster and what makes a man.” It is a moving and truly powerful story.

While I have never seen the off-Broadway production, I have heard great things about it through social media. I heard that the cast is amazing and it was a great and powerful musical.

If it were to come to Broadway it would attract more people, bring in new talent, new music and more Disney magic to the stage. The story itself is more real compared to other Disney productions and that is one of the reasons why “Hunchback” should come to Broadway.


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