Review: Upper Darby Summer Stage’s ‘Hunchback’
This musical, featuring the songs from the Disney movie version, opens July 28 for a limited run.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, presented by the Upper Darby Summer Stage, is extremely entertaining, and the music is amazing! A must-see! This show, which opens Friday, July 28, for a limited run, is recommended for ages 12 and older, due to some mature and dark themes.
From the extremely detailed set design to the costumes, music, and cast, this show really felt like a show you would see on Broadway. Everything was top notch. All of the actors and actresses did an amazing job portraying their characters, especially the roles of Quasimodo (Patrick J. Walsh), Esmeralda (Sierra Wilson), and Don Claude Frollo (Chris Monaco). The 27-member choir sounded great, and the live orchestra was phenomenal.
So, if you’re looking for an afternoon or evening out, I would highly recommend this show. It’s definitely worth the time and money!
The production, which is playing in the Philadelphia area for the first time, is based on Victor Hugo’s novel and the 1996 Disney animated film, and features the music of Alan Menken and Steven Schwartz. Unlike this season’s other Summer Stage productions, which feature local kids, Hunchback is a Mainstage production being performed by adults, ranging in age from 18 to 28.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is playing at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, at 601 N. Lansdowne Ave. in Drexel Hill. Performances are at 7:30 pm on July 28 and 29 and August 4 and 5, and at 1:30 pm on July 29 and August 5. Tickets range from $13 to $17 (members save $1).
Photograph by Cate R. Paxon, courtesy of Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.