The Continuo Arts Foundation is pleased to partner with Paper Mill Playhouse on "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" World Premiere!
“After an extensive search of choirs throughout the tri-state area, we are thrilled that Paper Mill Playhouse and The Hunchback of Notre Dame music team have selected the Continuo Arts Foundation,” commented Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director at Paper Mill Playhouse. “It is always a thrill to partner with neighboring not-for-profit arts organizations that share a similar mission to Paper Mill Playhouse.”
“Our collaboration with Paper Mill Playhouse will offer Continuo Arts Members a unique and once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Candace Wicke, President and Executive Director of Continuo Arts. “Continuo is honored to have been selected to be a part of this US Premiere musical at one of our nation’s leading regional theaters.”
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, is inspired by the classic Victor Hugo novel and created for the stage by two masters of stage and screen, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz.
Performance Dates: March 4th - April 5th
Symphonic Chorus Auditions:
Paper Mill Playhouse
22 Brookside Drive, Milburn NJ
The New York Times .....the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus sits (or stands) and sings, as if indeed participating in a Mass. Its members wear monks’ robes and hold books, looking very ecclesiastical as they chant forth those “Kyrie eleisons” and “dies iraes.” (They sound marvelous, too: One of the signal pleasures of the show is the rich choral singing.)
Hollywood Reporter ...."Menken's uncommonly complex, classically-influenced score often soars, thanks in no small part to the production's incorporation of a local choir, the 32-member Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus, to augment the large ensemble."
Ashbury Park Press....Each performance of the Paper Mill production also boasts 32 local voices in the Westfield-based Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus. "To hear them singing this music every night," Scott Schwartz said, "is one of the top attractions of the show."
Broadway World ....Stunning musical numbers abound in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The thirty-two member Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus lends wonderful vocals as the Congregation of Notre Dame.
NJ Star Ledger "... Menken's score takes on dark, lush qualities suited to the Gothic cathedral, amplified by an onstage choir (the strong local Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus) and an ensemble of churchgoers who narrate."
"... The chorus interjects dramatic scenes with stabbing repetitions of "Dies Irae" and other Latin phrases that mostly work well."
Huffington Post ..."The show boasts truly excellent singing from its four leads, huge vocal support from the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus that certainly adds punch to the show's many, many climactic moments ...Those who are musically inclined will appreciate the complexity of the score, the motifs for characters that are repeated throughout and the Latin choral work drawing on classic religious melodies for the act two curtain raiser."
Times Square Chronicles
..."The orchestrations by Michael Starobin are heavenly even if there is one to many Kýrie Eléison and Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus supplies a divine celestial choir."
North Jersey...."Scott Schwartz and his team have a 32-piece choir (featuring members of the Westfield-based Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus) stay onstage throughout the show; their rich sound helps transport audience members to another realm. "
NJ Arts Maven...."The effect is heightened by the addition of the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus, who chant hymn-like passages from their perch on platforms placed above the acting space. "
"It is a splendid piece of musical theater that is worth every penny of the ticket you buy."