Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of
Notre Dame showcases the film’s Oscar®-nominated score as well as new songs by Menken and
Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from
Hugo’s gothic novel.
The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame resound through the famed cathedral in 15thcentury
Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” observes all of
Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom
Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly
by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free
spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie
for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo
to save them all.
A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic.
Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.