Director: Emily Ristine Holloway
Music Directors: Michael Raunick and Jerico Hughes
Choreographer: Cherri Jaffee
Summer Stock Stage
Indiana Repertory Theatre Mainstage
140 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis
This lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero showcases the Disney film’sTop of Form Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz.
The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.