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‘Hunchback’ musical at the Dio from April 4

Preview March 29, 2019 Encore Staff

PINCKNEY—The Dio – Dining & Entertainment brings the musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, to the stage, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and book by Peter Parnell, from April 5 through May 19, Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoons. There will be two Thursday evening performances, April 4 and May 16, both at 6:30pm.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is directed by Steve DeBruyne with musical direction by Daniel Bachelis and choreography by Xavier J. Bush.

The production will contain theatrical special effects including smoke, fog and loud noises.

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.

Director Steve DeBruyne says, “Hunchback is a show we’ve wanted to bring to life since seeing the original production at Paper Mill Playhouse back in 2014. We are thrilled to finally welcome these incredible characters to our stage, brought to life by a cast that I feel truly blessed to be working with. The amazing vocals that our actors are bringing to our stage will blow you away, and combined with the beautiful story of Quasimodo, I think this is a show that will stick with our audiences for years to come.”

The Hunchback of Notre Dame features performances by Lydia Adams, James Beauregard, Alexis Benson, Tim Brayman, Steve DeBruyne, Quentin Fettig, James Fischer, Mitchell Hardy, Angela Hench, Marlene Inman, Keith Kalinowski, Alaina Kerr, Gayle Martin, Isaac Orr, Hayden Reboulet and Jared Schneider.

All tickets include dinner, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages.

Tickets are available online at diotheatre.com.

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