SAN FRANCISCO, CA (JUNE 11, 2018) – Bay Area Musicals (Matthew McCoy, Founder & Artistic Director, and AeJay Mitchell, Managing Director) has announced the full cast and creative team for the final production of the 2017-2018 season, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. 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 Tony and Academy Award-winners Alan Menken (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, POCAHONTAS) and Stephen Schwartz (GODSPELL, PIPPIN, WICKED, POCAHONTAS). Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel. THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME runs from July 7 – August 5, 2018 and will perform at San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street San Francisco, CA 94102).
The press opening will take place on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Regular tickets range from $20 – $65 and can be purchased online at www.bamsf.org/hunchback. Opening Night Fundraiser Tickets (available only for the Saturday, July 7 performance at 8:00 p.m.) range from $50 – $100 and includes dessert and a champagne toast with the cast (and can also be purchased online at www.bamsf.org/hunchback).
Bay Area Musicals’ production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME will be directed and choreographed by Matthew McCoy, with Music Direction by Jon Gallo.
The cast of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME will feature Alex Rodriguez as “Quasimodo,” Clay David as “Frollo,” Alysia Noelle Beltran as “Esmeralda,” Jack O’Reilly as “Phoebus,” Branden Noel Thomas as “Trouillefou Clopin,” Pauli N. Armonkul as “Player,” Patrick Brewer as “Player,” Alvin Castillo Bunales as “Player,” Jorey Cantu as “Player,” Juan Castro as “Player,” Julio Chavez as “Player,” Z Hansen as “Player,” Christopher Juan as “Player,” Jessie Anne Lukban as “Player,” Benjamin Nguyen as “Player,” Loreigna Sinclair as “Player” and Kaylamay Suarez as “Player.”
In addition to Mr. McCoy (who will also be serving as Set Designer) and Mr. Gallo, the creative team will include Wayne Roadie as Stage Manager, Cat Knight as Assistant Stage Manager, Genevieve Pabon as Assistant Stage Manager, Brooke Jennings as Costume Designer, Eric Johnson as Lighting Designer, Anton Hedman as Sound Designer, Clay David as Prop Designer, Jackie Dennis as Wig Designer, Jake Delgado as Sound Board Operator, Richard Gutierrez as Wardrobe Master and Stewart Lyle as Technical Director.
“Bay Area Musicals is excited to close our third season with the San Francisco premiere of this epic new musical, a jewel from the masterminds of such beloved Disney and Broadway classics,” said Founder and Artistic Director Matthew McCoy. “The sheer scale of this production – the story, the music, the set and the orchestra – create a luscious, epic spectacle that beautifully retells Victor Hugo’s timeless story for a whole new medium. In a time where we are inundated with articles and news items that speak of cruel racial judgement and hateful conduct, I am so humbled to be presenting a story that teaches compassion, empathy, love and forgiveness. I always feel that the universe has a way of telling me that we’ve chosen the right show at the right time, and I feel certain that HUNCHBACK is the right show, right now. I am also thrilled to announce that, for the first time, we will be presenting two performances with ASL interpreters (dates still to be determined; please check our website www.bamsf.org/ for forthcoming information). We hope everyone enjoys the show, and we look forward to welcoming you back this autumn for CRAZY FOR YOU!”
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME 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. An angelic score and powerful story make THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME an instant classic. Bring the entire family and be swept away by the magic of Bay Area Musicals’ production of this truly unforgettable musical.
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME runs two hours and twenty minutes, including one intermission.
Bay Area Musicals’ upcoming 2018-2019 season will include the Tony Award-winning Best Musical CRAZY FOR YOU (November 10 – December 16, 2018), the Tony Award-nominated VIOLET (February 16 – March 17, 2019) and the Tony Award-winning Best Musical HAIRSPRAY (July 6 – August 11, 2019). CRAZY FOR YOU and VIOLET will perform at San Francisco’s Alcazar Theatre (650 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94103) and HAIRSPRAY will perform at San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103). Subscriptions to the 2018-2019 season are available now at www.bamsf.org.
Bay Area Musicals (BAM!) is a professional, non-profit theatre organization dedicated to presenting the highest-caliber of musical theatre in San Francisco. Founded in 2014, the Company strives to stimulate and inspire the San Francisco Bay Area community through high-caliber musical theater ranging from familiar classics to challenging new works; to produce professional musical theater at accessible ticket rates; and to engage the community through performance, outreach, and educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.bamsf.org.