MILLBURN, NJ - The Papermill Playhouse is proud to present The Hunchback of Notre Dame, beginning March 4 and running through April 5, with eight showings each week. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a dramatic retelling of the famous love story on a grand scale, with a lush, emotionally rich score. The musical features a score by Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). This new production is the only stage collaboration between these two giants of the American musical theater.
“We’re thrilled to present the U.S. premiere of this epic musical with the support once again of Disney Theatrical Productions,” commented Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director for the Millburn theater. “The score and the cast are magnificent and our audiences will get to experience an unprecedented 50 voices singing this beautiful music. We are excited to welcome two musical theater legends back to Paper Mill Playhouse, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.”
Leading the company are Michael Arden (Big River) as Quasimodo, Patrick Page (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Dom Claude Frollo, Ciara Renée (Pippin) as Esmeralda, Andrew Samonsky (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as Captain Phoebus de Martin and Erik Liberman (Lovemusik) as Clopin Trouillefou
At each performance, 32 local choir members from the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus will serve as the onstage choral ensemble. Jamie Klenetsky and Matthew Lafargue, both Morristown residents, will be apart of the onstage chorus throughout the musicals run.
Klenetsky, a website designer for Morris County, stated "I have been with Continuo for the past two years and it is a really amazing group to be a part of. I have been singing classically for 16 years but never anything like this. This is such a great opportunity and I'm having so much fun doing it."
This is Lafargue's first show at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Lafargue, who attended Morris Knolls High School, Rutgers University as an undergraduate and NYU School of Law, is passionate about singing and performing. "I always wanted to sing, but I wasn't always the best at it. I had a phenomenal teacher and I put in a lot of effort," he said. "I joined Continuo back in the fall but I've been singing since high school" said Lafargue. "It has been difficult to juggle my family and my job with the Attorney General's Office, but within the first five minutes of being a part of Continuo, I realized how much I had missed singing. This has been an incredible experience for me".
Tickets are on sale now and range from $28 to $99. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org
THE CONTINUO ARTS FOUNDATION is committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals, communities and cultures through music. Supporting music education and musicians, Continuo Arts offers New Jersey’s most comprehensive intergenerational choral program inclusive of children through adult, senior citizens to professionals. The Continuo Arts Foundation is known for providing all-encompassing and unforgettable local, national and international musical experiences in concerts, classes, workshops and throughout the education spectrum, leading to a lifelong love and support of the arts.
PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country's leading regional theaters. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.