While a good portion of 2016 has sucked, Hunchback of Notre Dame related news has been ok throughout the year especially in the musical area
Quasimodo as the King of Fools Topsy Turvy Disney Hunchback of Notre Dame
First thing that is fairy big in 2016 is that the Disney movie turned 20 years old.
Hunchback of Notre Dame Cast Recording Album
Then there were a lot with the American version of the Disney movie. The cast album for the Papermill’s version came out and while the show didn’t go to Broadway it did go to regional theaters. So far it has been performed at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine, which I can say was great. Also Utah’s Tuacahn Amphitheater, California Music Circle of Sacramento had a deaf actor playing Quasimodo.
The show was also performed on the international level at Frederica Theatre in Denmark. There should be more international performance in 2017 like at Budapest Operaetta. Next year there should be casts.
There was all an amateur cast version done in Nevada over Thanksgiving. Read more Here.
But it’s wasn’t all about the Disney musical, The Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York put on a production that reference the 2016 political climate like character named Governor LeTrump. Read about it here.
Hiba Tawaji as Esmeralda & Jay as Clopin
Then of course there is the other big Hunchback musical adaptation, Notre Dame de Paris. It started the year with the a French cast in Korea and a return of some of teh original Italian cast for another run of the Italian version. The biggest news for Notre Dame de Paris was the show’s return to Paris with a new cast though with some veteran of the show like Daniel Lavoie reprising his role as Frollo. The show announced it was going to have a production tour around Quebec.
Sadly there have been no movie related news which is weird since that Max Ryan movie was supposed to start filming this past year and nothing. The only thing is that the role of “The Giant” is no longer listed on the IMDB page but there is still Advisor, thief, cripple, vagrant and Spike. I have no idea what any that mean but oh well we’ll just have to see with that one.
There of course there are the Hunchback news story that are referential. The big one was Rebecca Dann who suffers from Kyphosocollosis, which causes a huge curve in the spine, won a photography contest and met Stephen Hawkings. Her self-portrait was called “I’m Fine” and it showcased her. Read More Here.
Hopefully 2017 will have more Hunchback news, hopefully movie related news but musical news is just as good.
Before we end the year let’s have a fun poll
Which of the Hypothetical casting ideas from 2016 was your favorite? Or which one of these casting would you most what to see actually happen? Just leave a comment.
Rupert Grint for Quasimodo
Anna Kendrick for Esmeralda
Michael McElHatton for Frollo
Francia Raisa for Esmeralda
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for Phoebus
Freddie Highmore for Gringoire
Sarah Bolger for Fleur de Lys
Gemma Arterton for Esmeralda
Terrance Zdunich for Gringoire
Gigi Radics for Esmeralda
Hmm, only one Frollo this year, we’ll have to at least double that in 2017.