The Hunchback of Notre Dame to get a cast album


Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which played at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse and New Jersey’s Paper Mill may not be officially Broadway bound yet, but it will get a cast album! The American premiere studio recording will be released on November 20, featuring Michael Arden as Quasimodo, Patrick Page as Dom Claude Frollo, Ciara Renée as Esmeralda, Andrew Samonsky as Captain Phoebus de Martin, Erik Liberman as Clopin Trouillefou and more. John Tiffany and Enda Walsh are setting out to create a stage-version of Disney’s Pinocchio, based on Carlo Collidi’s The Adventures Of Pinocchio, and the 1940 Disney animated film. The Daily Mail reports that a workshop will take place this year with hopes to premiere at the National in London in 2016. Let’s hope Broadway is next on the list.

News has also been spreading about the new Sheryl Crow musical Diner for years now, and after making its world premiere at Virginia’s Signature Theatre last holiday season, the production will now play December 2 through December 27 at the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, Delaware. This new stop is likely a final try-out before heading to the Great White Way…

The stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love will cross the pond after playing London’s West End, but it isn’t heading to New York just yet. The play by Tony winner Lee Hall will be part of Ontario’s 2016 Stratford Festival. Rumor has it producers have been trying to snatch up a Broadway theatre for a while now. Looks like we may have to wait just a little longer before seeing it in New York.