Published 28 September 2017
Swedish premiere for Disney’s The Hunch|back of Notre Dame – THE MUSICAL
Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame – THE MUSICAL tells a dark story of moral courage and oppression, love and hate. The grand production has audience seats on stage, and the digital set design gives the feeling of being inside the burning Paris cathedral. The Swedish premiere is scheduled for September of 2018 at the Göteborg Opera.
The musical is based on Disney’s landmark 1996 animated film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and Victor Hugo’s legendary 1831 novel of the same name. It is created by the Oscar-winning team of Alan Menken, composer of Disney’s “Aladdin”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty & the Beast”, and Stephen Schwartz, lyricist for “Prince of Egypt” and Disney’s “Pocahontas”, and contains music from the animated movie as well as new songs.
The story tells of the warm-hearted outcast Quasimodo; his nemesis, the oppressive guardian Claude Frollo; the courageous Esmeralda, and the valiant captain Phoebus whose fates and paths are crossed in 16th century Paris. Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame – THE MUSICAL tells of moral courage and love. The deaf bell-ringer Quasimodo and the ethnic outcast Esmeralda are forced to battle for a more humane world against both church and society. ”It’s a passionate evening of music and theatre, an uplifting adventure as well as a tragic tale”, says Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director Opera/Drama at the Göteborg Opera.
“We are very pleased to present this grandiose Disney musical to the Swedish musical audience. Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame – THE MUSICAL is a moving and amazing story, as relevant today as ever. We’re very much looking forward to an exciting collaboration with the Göteborg Opera on this production”, says Casper Bjørner, Country Manager, The Walt Disney Company Nordic.
The set design extends the stage towards the auditorium; wooden beams and footbridges are combined with film sequences though the latest LED technology. There is also an option for some of the audience members sit on the stage itself, as quiet witnesses included in the drama and large chorus. Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame – THE MUSICAL is staged in collaboration with Fredericia Teater in Denmark, where it had its Scandinavian premiere in October 2016. The show was an enormous success among audiences and reviewers alike, receiving three awards, including “Best Musical”.
Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame – THE MUSICAL will be performed in Swedish. Auditions will be held in October-November. Ticket release will be in March, 2018. Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame – THE MUSICAL is aimed for grown ups and young adults/older children. Not recommended for children under the age of 7.
Conductor Richard Balcombe
Direction Thomas Agerholm
Choreography Lynne Kurdziel Formato
Set and lighting design Benjamin La Cour
Digital set design Thomas Agerholm, Jakob Bønsdorff Eriksen
Costume designers Anna Juul Holm, Lotte Hartmann
About DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS
DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS, a division of The Walt Disney Studios, was formed in 1994 and operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. Worldwide, its eight Broadway titles have been seen by over 133 million theatergoers and have been nominated for 59 Tony Awards®, winning Broadway’s highest honor 20 times. With 15 productions currently produced or licensed, a Disney musical is being performed professionally somewhere on the planet virtually every hour of the day.
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME – The Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684. www.MTIShows.com
About THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY NORDIC
The Walt Disney Company has been actively present with a local organization in the Nordic region since the beginning of the 1990s, today employing around 200 people with regional headquarters in Stockholm and offices in Oslo, Copenhagen and Helsinki. The Nordic organization incorporates representation from three of the company’s four global business segments: Studio Entertainment, Media Networks and Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media. The company’s first product launch to the Nordic market was the children’s magazine Donald Duck, introduced to the region in 1948. The Walt Disney Company in the Nordics is a division of The Walt Disney Company, a leading diversified global family entertainment and media enterprise. The Walt Disney Company employs about 150,000 people across six continents. The company headquarters are located in Burbank, CA.