Okay, so the bad news (terrible news) is that after successful seasons in San Diego and New Jersey, The Hunchback of Notre Dame will NOT be heading to Broadway. Why? I have no idea. Your guess is as good as mine. From what I gathered, houses were full in both seasons, and the show was acclaimed by both critics and audiences alike.
But it's officially off the table for Broadway.
So what's next?
Well, for one, Alan Menken mentioned in an interview (where he expressed his disappointment at the show not playing to New York audiences) that it would soon be open to amateur companies willing to acquire the rights. This is veeeeeery good news for me. I have been wanting to play Quasimodo for over a decade, and my opportunity may have just got a whole lot closer! (I'd better get to practising that high C in "Made of Stone!")
But the other silver lining around this dark cloud is that the show is getting a cast recording CD that will be released this November. BroadwayWorld has all of the info here.
I can't wait to have a proper recording to crank up really loud! I'll be sure to put a post up on the blog once the CD is released.