Based on the famous 1831 novel by Victor Hugo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame originally premiered as a musical in Berlin, Germany in 1999.
According to our records, the English-language musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame had its debut at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California on October 28, 2014 and ran until December 7, 2014. Subsequently, the show went on to open on March 4, 2015, at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. The show closed on April 5, 2015, after it was announced that it would not move to Broadway. Despite this, the musical is still beloved for its message of how we should all treat each other with kindness and respect.
The Story of the Hunchback
The story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame follows the life of Quasimodo, a disfigured bell ringer of the famed cathedral in Paris, France. Held captive by the cathedral’s caretaker and archdeacon who is also his uncle – Dom Claude Frollo, Quasimodo longs to be down where the people are.
Quasimodo eventually escapes the confines of the spires of the cathedral and joins the crowds in the streets only to be treated cruelly by all but a Romanian Gypsy woman, Esmeralda. A warrior, Captain Phoebus, fresh from the battlefront, is also taken by Esmerald’s beauty and vies for her attention.
As the story plays out, Esmeralda, Quasimodo and the Captain find that they are all outcasts in their own way and must shatter the confines society has trapped them in to save each other. Frollo is set on a mission to destroy the Gypsies and it is up to Quasimodo to save them and himself.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame contains important messages on how we should treat one another as human beings, especially in this day and age.
Backdrops to Set the Stage for Hunchback of Notre Dame
Since the story takes place mostly in Paris, France, in the famed cathedral, and along the cobblestoned streets of the city, there are several options to choose from to make your performance feel like it is in a traditional European city.
For scenes depicting the streets of France, this European Village Backdrop #2553 shows Tudor-style buildings in the center of a European town and distant mountains. The classic look and feel of a European city can be gleaned from this backdrop.
The scenes of the darkened night sky with a full moon would be well served with this Moonlight Serenade Backdrop #2338 with its night sky with stars, moon, and slight cloud cover. It sets a mood that will help portray the mood of the lyrics and actors on stage.
Of course, the famous cathedral of Notre Dame must be a part of your performance, so this Church Interior Backdrop #2218 with its stone cathedral interior showing the altar, vaulted arches and beautiful stained glass windows are perfect for any showing of the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
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