The following is from Musical Theater International
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.
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.
A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Damean instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.
DUSTIN BROWN is pursuing an MFA in directing from Ohio University. Dustin is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and a graduate of Oglethorpe University. Before moving to Ohio, Dustin served as Associate Artistic Director of Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Dustin also served as Artistic Director of Bottled Lightning, where he had the opportunity to direct original productions in play festivals in New York and Atlanta. He recently directed Bug (Ohio University), Sweeney Todd (DramaTech), and served as assistant director on Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Oglethorpe University). When not directing, he’s had the pleasure of designing productions at Georgia Shakespeare, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Theatrical Outﬁt, Pinch 'N Ouch, Impulse Rep, and Oglethorpe University
DEVIN SUDMAN is from Cleveland Ohio, where he was an active participant in his local community theaters and choirs. Devin holds a Bachelors of Arts in Music – with emphasis in Voice and Conducting from Ohio University's School of Music. He is currently the Choir Director at Trinity Episcopal Church in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Devin has been an active member of OVST since 2014 where he served as Assistant Music Director/Pianist for The King and I . Devin has filled similar roles with OVST such as Assistant Music Director/Vocal Coach/Pianist for Hairspray, Conductor/Assistant Music Director/Keyboard for Mary Poppins, and Music Director/Conductor for Pippin. Devin is also a recent addition to the OVST board of directors. He is an active creator in other community organizations as well, including: ABC Players, The Actors Guild of Parkersburg, Athens High School, Lost Flamingo Company, and Parkersburg High School. Devin is very excited to be creating again this summer with Ohio Valley Summer Theatre bringing you one of the biggest productions to ever come to Athens!