The stage show ofÂ Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Disney Parks is like a high school production where the show has a high budget but the cast isnâ€™t really that talented. Wait a second thatâ€™s pretty much what this is. ExpectÂ theyâ€™re actually college students interning (slave labor) there for the summer. So what is the stage show about?Â AllÂ it is a rehashing of the movie. Thatâ€™s it. Iâ€™m basing this review off these videos which you can watch itÂ HERE.Â (Iâ€™m sorry for the pictures)
But is the show bad? Yes, yes it. Everything that you love is gone, i.e Frollo. Well thatâ€™s not true Frollo is there and he gets line or two but there is not grope and no Hellfire basically what makes Frollo a character is gone. Frollo is just a plot point. Also they kept a guy like you over hellfire which seems like a big â€œFuck-youâ€ to audience.
But how are the other actors? Umm, not so good. Weâ€™ll start with the best, Clopin at least he can sing well. Though he strikes the same pose and hand movements over and over.
Phoebus is meh. Quasimodo is forgettable. The gargoyles are annoying.
And then there is Esmeralda. First off IÂ say this with out trying to be offensive but she sounds like she from a 30â€™s movies. Other than that her acting is weak and over-the-top and sheâ€™s not a great singer. I think she was cast for the splits she does during the dance.
And she wears knee pads during the dance which I found hilarious.
Frollo’s not even a character so he doesn’t count. But even still he’s WAY cooler even with no personality.
So the setting and the plot were okay. The whole puppet thing for the backstory was weird and a little silly. I mean I get why the did, because itâ€™s Clopinâ€™s puppet show, but to see a big Frollo puppet was too funny for me. I have a bad habit of laughing at puppet play even when that are suppose to be serious. Also Djali as a marionette was unnecessary. Actually Djali wasÂ unnecessary and that pains me to say.
Also I just want to mention that you know in â€œOut Thereâ€ where the camera spins around Quasimodo while heâ€™s on the spire yeah, they do that here except while the performer sings on a platform, two guys spin said platform around, it very silly and awkward.
BasicallyÂ the whole thing a very rushed feeling and it over superficial, I mean itâ€™s a appropriate, given that itâ€™s in a Disney park. Itâ€™s flash and no substance. It subtracts too much from the movie and if their intent was to take that film and make it even more â€œKid Friendlyâ€ why not do an after-story or sequel. Frollo doesnâ€™t do anything cool here so who cares if heâ€™s in the show. It at least could have been more interesting than seeing a water-down version of a classic story that Disney already watered down.
On the plus side, I liked the extras and the lead pouring was cool.