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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Where: La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego

Cost: $34 - $82

Age limit: Not available

Ongoing: until Sunday, December 14, 2014

Victor Hugo's great novel about star-crossed Parisians has been Disney-ized. In the book, there is no Love Connection: Esmeralda loathes Quasimodo, who's the only one who loves her for herself. The Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, and Peter Parnell musical dulls the novel's edges. These are nice people hounded by a meanie Archdeadon.  Promo says it's Disney's "darkest" musical yet, though it looks like broad daylight from here. The production is wall-to-wall spectacular. The performers, especially Ciara Renee (Esmeralda), Patrick Page (Frollo), and Michael Arden (cutie pie Quasimodo) sing up a storm, and you could probably feed the 5000 for what the set cost. The 1482 costumes and  Howell Brinkley's hair-on-fire lighting effects are to die for. The surface is unforgettable. But the musical, trying its darndest to be the next Les Miz, is all surface as well.

Recurring dates & times

  • Sunday 2 p.m.
  • Sunday 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 8 p.m.
  • Friday 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 2 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 p.m.

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