ABOUT THE MUSIC
The Hunchback of Norte Dame is the retelling of Victor Hugo’s original story. It is done through a sensitive mixture of classical singing and the imaginative sound of pop music. This is truly a show for every vocal type, and often the two types are juxtaposed to thrilling effect, painting a picture of Paris in the late 1400’s. There are both classic Disney tunes interspersed throughout the show, as well as brilliant new material added for the New York Production.
The Cathedral Choir is a character in and of itself. The music written for this particular ‘character’ is beautiful, challenging, fun to sing, and meaningful. Many times the chorus will expose a theme, and it will be presented in liturgical Latin text. Another character will then show the audience the meaning of the words just heard. The effect of the Choir is that of the Greek chorus set to music by Brahms or the like, so it seems.
The principal and secondary roles are who tie the show back to modern ideas and issues. As much as Sofia Coppola pitted modern music against the look of 18th century France in Marie Antoinette, so too, have Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz fenced a pop style of singing against a very “classical” sound to create a similar effect, musically.
This is a show for every voice type, range, and level of training. The score takes you and the audience through a beautiful journey out of the darkness and into the light. We’ll see you, as the song says, “Out There.”