The stage musical version of the 1996 Disney animated movie "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" was first produced in Germany more than a decade ago but has not been seen in the U.S.
That will change finally when the La Jolla Playhouse presents the U.S. premiere of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" in October. The production, which features tunes by multiple Oscar-winner
The musical is being produced by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical, which has staged versions of animated hits including
Disney is also behind the recent Broadway hit "
The La Jolla Playhouse has worked with Disney before on a workshop production of
"Hunchback" will be a new production directed by
The movie, loosely adapted from the Victor Hugo novel, told the story of Quasimodo, a deformed social outcast who lives in the famous Cathédrale Notre Dame in Paris.
The musical was produced in Germany in 1999 under the title "Der Glockner von Notre Dame," and was directed by James Lapine.
It remains unclear whether Disney has plans to take "Hunchback" to Broadway following its run in Southern California.
[Updated]: A previous version of this article referred to the La Jolla engagement of "Hunchback" as a Disney production. The official description is that it is a "special arrangement" with Disney.