A trio of living stone gargoyles, Charles, Antoine and Loni, serve as Quasimodo's only company and friends. While the Parisians continue their preparations for a festival, the gypsies prepare to attend the festival in their hideout, the Court of Miracles "Tanz auf dem Seil" - "Balancing Act". Their attention is taken by a newcomer, a young gypsy dancer named Esmeralda.
Meanwhile, Phoebus of Frollo's guard arrives in Paris excited about his new promotion as its captain "Ein bisschen Freude" - "Rest and Recreation". He flirts with a young girl but is suddenly interrupted by a fleeing gypsy accused of theft. The gypsy pleads innocence, but Frollo arrives and orders his soldiers to arrest the gypsy. Frollo tells Phoebus that the city has become overrun by gypsies and that he plans to find the Court of Miracles and eliminate them all. Frollo refuses to help Quasimodo, but Esmeralda intervenes, frees the hunchback, and uses a magic trick to disappear.
Frollo confronts Quasimodo and sends him back inside the cathedral. Phoebus refuses to arrest her for alleged witchcraft inside Notre Dame and has her confined to the cathedral. Meanwhile, Frollo orders Phoebus to post a guard at every door to ensure that Esmeralda does not escape. Quasimodo helps her escape Notre Dame out of gratitude for defending him.
Esmeralda entrusts Quasimodo with a pendant containing a map to the Court of Miracles. After discovering that Esmeralda escaped, Frollo instigates a citywide manhunt for her, which involves setting fire to countless houses in his way.
Phoebus is appalled by Frollo's evil reputation and defies him. Frollo sentences him to death. Phoebus is briefly struck by an arrow and falls into a river but Esmeralda rescues him. Meanwhile, the gargoyles convince Quasimodo that Esmeralda finds him romantically intriguing, and they reassure him about her safety "Ein Mann wie du" - "A Guy Like You". The Archdeacon brings Phoebus to the bell tower and Phoebus, knowing Quasimodo to be a friend of Esmeralda's, asks Quasimodo to hide him. Frollo returns to Notre Dame later that night and discovers that Quasimodo helped Esmeralda escape.
He bluffs to Quasimodo, saying that he knows about the Court of Miracles and that he intends to attack at dawn. After Frollo leaves, Phoebus comes out of hiding and asks Quasimodo to help him find the Court of Miracles and warn Esmeralda. Quasimodo refuses to leave the cathedral again, but Phoebus and the gargoyles teach Quasimodo the value of devotion and selflessness "Weil du liebst" - "Out of Love". Using Esmeralda's amulet as their guide, Quasimodo and Phoebus find the Court of Miracles to warn the gypsies.
Esmeralda and Phoebus decide to leave the city together while Quasimodo, heartbroken, watches Esmeralda leave with the man she truly loves "Weil du liebst" - "Out of Love" Reprise. However, Frollo follows them and captures the gypsies present.
Esmeralda rejects Frollo's advances exchange for becoming his mistress. Tied up in the bell tower, Quasimodo refuses to help and tells the gargoyles to leave him "Wie aus Stein" - "Made of Stone".
As dawn approaches, Esmeralda awaits her execution in the dungeon with Phoebus, hoping that one day the world will be a better place "Einmal" - "Someday".
Frollo prepares to burn Esmeralda at the stake, but Quasimodo rescues her and brings her to the cathedral. Phoebus then frees himself and the gypsies and rallies the citizens of Paris against Frollo and his men, who attempt to break into the cathedral. Quasimodo calls upon the saints and the gargoyles before pouring molten lead onto the streets to ensure no one enters, but Frollo himself successfully breaks in.
In the cathedral, Esmeralda thanks Quasimodo for being a good friend and dies from smoke inhalation. Frollo arrives and, after asking Quasimodo if she is dead, tells the hunchback that they are finally free of her poison.
Encouraged by Antoine, Quasimodo throws Frollo to his death in the molten lead. The gargoyles comfort Quasimodo and tell him the world is full of good as well as evil. The citizens watch as Quasimodo carries Esmeralda's body through the square with Phoebus by his side. Clopin appears again and asks what makes a monster and what makes a man "Finale Ultimo" - "Grand Finale".
Jehan grows to be mischievous and deviant while Claude remains pious, reluctantly covering for his brother's misdeeds. After Jehan is caught with a gypsy woman named Florika in his room, he is expelled from Notre Dame, leaving with Florika and not being heard again in years. Frollo eventually becomes the archdeacon of Notre Dame; one day, he receives a letter from Jehan. The two meet in a hidden location; when Frollo arrives, he finds Jehan dying from the pox.
Jehan explains that Florika had died three months ago from the same ailment and that his baby boy needs to be taken care of. Jehan dies; as Frollo is about to kill the child, he feels the gaze of Notre Dame's saints and statues; feeling that it is a test from God, he feels compelled to save the child.
He names the baby Quasimodo meaning half-formed and raises him in Notre Dame. While he daydreams about going to the Feast of Fools, speaking to the various statues of Notre Dame, Frollo arrives at the bell tower and asks him who he is speaking to. When Quasimodo answers that he has been speaking to his friends, Frollo reminds him that the stone statues cannot talk. They recite the biblical story of the flight into Egypt and Saint Aphrodisius whose name Quasimodo has trouble pronouncing , after which Frollo complains about the Feast of Fools and expresses his hatred for Paris's gypsies "Sanctuary Part I".
Quasimodo offers to accompany him for protection; Frollo declines and warns him that he would be shunned for his deformities if he were to step foot outside Notre Dame "Sanctuary Part II". Meanwhile, Captain Phoebus, new Captain of Notre Dame's Cathedral Guard, arrives at the city and flirts with some women, having spent four years on a military campaign. Frollo welcomes Phoebus and tells him that there is no time for "rest and recreation" as they must get rid of the city's gypsies, or 'scum' "Rest and Recreation".
Clopin introduces the crowd to Esmeralda, an attractive gypsy who dances for the crowd "Rhythm of the Tambourine" - Quasimodo, Frollo, and Phoebus are all entranced.
In the middle of the celebration, he is humiliated by the crowd after a citizen starts a riot. Frollo refuses Phoebus's request to intervene, but Esmeralda rescues the hunchback and uses a magic trick to evade arrest. Frollo finally intervenes and stops the riot, and then asks Quasimodo if he is now aware that he was right about how cruel and wicked the world is.
Esmeralda follows Quasimodo inside Notre Dame, but Frollo finds her, telling her that gypsies are not allowed in the church and that Quasimodo is his responsibility.
Esmeralda asks if he has any charity, to which Frollo, after some thought, responds that he may be able to save her. Phoebus finds Esmeralda; they argue and fight, Phoebus telling her not to cause more trouble and not to fight battles that cannot be won, which she retorts by saying that she cannot help it. Esmeralda heads up to the bell tower, finding Quasimodo there. Encouraged by the saints, Quasimodo musters the courage to speak to her; the two soon befriend each other "Top of the World".
Quasimodo rings the bells and tells them to "sing for her", offering to show her how he fixes the bells using molten lead stored in the towers. Frollo runs up to the tower, angry at Quasimodo for ringing them at the wrong time - he is shocked by Esmeralda's presence, thinking she had left. He offers her shelter at the cathedral so that he may save her soul, but she rejects his offer, saying that she sees the way Frollo looks at her. This greatly angers Frollo, who orders Phoebus to escort her from Notre Dame and to arrest her if she ever sets foot in it again.
Frollo lectures Quasimodo, telling him that she is a dangerous person sent from Hell and warning him not to heed any lustful feelings he feels towards her; yet, having developed such feelings for Esmeralda himself, Frollo starts to roam the streets every night. See www. Languages This stage production is in English, with a splash of Latin, Romani - e.
Thai Mol Piyas the language of the gypsies , and a tiny bit of French. It featured music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Reviews were mixed. The aim now is for it to become available for licensing by local theater groups.
Some modifications are being made between productions. It is clear from reviews that the stage musical is not at all a copy of the movie. With a new book by Peter Parnell, this is a signficantly revised English language version of the show that ran for three years in Berlin, Germany starting in Menken and Schwartz have been working on the new score over the years.
The show will have an east coast premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse March 4 - 29, A workshop production was held in January of The upcoming productions will include changes made since the workshop. Stephen Schwartz is pleased to be working with his son Scott Schwartz, the show's director. Stephen commented after the January workshop, "I always love working with Scott, and this time was no exception.
I feel he always delivers the show I have in my head, but then he does something more with it that I couldn't have imagined. The musical team responsible for the animated feature score continue with this stage version: Alan Menken music and Stephen Schwartz lyrics. The new book is by Peter Parnell. Scott Schwartz directs and Josh Bergasse choreographs.While the Parisians continue their preparations for a festival, the gypsies prepare to attend the festival in their hideout, the Court of Miracles "Tanz auf dem Seil" - "Balancing Act". Frollo, meanwhile, begs the Virgin Mary to save him from Esmeralda's "spell" by either condemning her to Hell or giving her to him so that he can avoid eternal damnation "Hellfire". In the cathedral, Esmeralda thanks Quasimodo for being a good friend before dying of smoke inhalation "Top of the World Reprise". Frollo then tells the guards to lock Quasimodo away in the bell tower and ensure he cannot escape.
Quasimodo offers to accompany him for protection; Frollo declines and warns him that he would be shunned for his deformities if he were to step foot outside Notre Dame "Sanctuary Part II". Frollo orders the Cathedral Guard to retake the church by force if necessary.
A gypsy woman in the group attempts to flee with her deformed baby, but Frollo chases and kills her outside Notre Dame. Frollo finally intervenes and stops the riot, and then asks Quasimodo if he is now aware that he was right about how cruel and wicked the world is.
It Disney as saying they have an eye toward a possible regional theatre production. The two disclose that Frollo will attack at dawn, causing the gypsies to pack up and prepare to relocate. Frollo approaches King Louis XII, asking for special powers to stop a 'gypsy witch' to protect the people of Paris; the King tells him to do whatever he feels is necessary, but to be prudent.
Esmeralda tells Phoebus that the only way to save both of their lives is for her to give herself up to Frollo. See www.