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Inside Rehearsals for Disney's New Musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Michael Arden, Patrick Page, and Stephen Schwartz give us a preview of how an acclaimed animated film comes to life on stage. logo

The latest Disney animated film to hit the stage is 1996's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a movie-musical with a score by the legendary writers Alan Menken (Newsies) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked). Inspired by Victor Hugo's novel, the piece tells the story of a deformed bell ringer in France's Notre Dame cathedral and his desire to see the world outside his tower. In this brand-new theatrical adaptation, Scott Schwartz brings the material to life with a cast led by Michael Arden as Quasimodo and Patrick Page as the sinister archdeacon Frollo. During a recent rehearsal, Arden, Page, and their colleagues gave us a sneak peek at their process and discussed how this new musical will be relevant to anyone who's ever felt like an outsider.