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Comments about the soundtrack for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Alan Menken)

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If you think this is good, wait'll you hear the "broadway" version
• Posted by: Yippie
• Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at 4:39 p.m.
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I know what you're thinking. Broadway version? you mean like Beauty and the beast? What broadway version?

Well, technically it's not Broadway, seeing as it was exclusive to Berlin, but the Hunchback did get the stage treatment by Disney...only in German. Der Glockner Von Notre Dame was composed and written by Menken and Shwartz with 9 new songs and alterations to the old ones, just as we'd expect from one of Disney's stage adaptations. The reason why it was done in Germany is because unlike America's audiences, Germans can handle controversy like "Hellfire" without throwing a fit. In fact, Der Glockner removes all of the kiddy elements and creates a consistent adult album. The gargoyles have gone from hyperactive loonies to real characters, and no longer have the stupid in-joke names Victor and Hugo. They are now called Antoine and Charles, and the are no longer comic releif, but figments of Quasimodo's imagination used to illustrate his inner thoughts. The new songs are beautiful, many of which become prominent themes that reoccur throughout the album in many ways. There is a new theme for Esmeralda (Esmeralda), Esmeralda and Phoebus' relationship (Weil Du Liebst), Esmeralda and Quasimodo's relationship (Uber der Welt), Clopin and the Gypies (Tanz Auf Dem Seil), and Quasimodo's inner anguish (Wie Aus Stein). Someday is no longer a pop ballad but a legitmate song sung just before Esmeralda's execution. The grand finale on the album, however, steals the show. It starts out as a remix of "Sanctuary!", before going into reprise after reprise. In this track lays the biggest (and most shocking) change made for the stage adaptation. After being pulled from the fire, Esmeralda dies in Quasimodo's arms. Then Frollo arrives and sings a dry and contorted rendition of Esmeralda's theme to Qausimodo. "At last we're rid of Esmeralda, as she dies, her poision dies with that we are free of Esmeralda, we can go on close as we once in our sanctuary"

Quasimodo flies into a rage. "Sanctuary? You ignored the laws of sanctuary!" He then carries Frollo to the ledge of the cathedral. Frollo begs Quasimodo, "You don't want to hurt me!" "Yes you do..." replies one of the gargoyles. "You've been a good teacher master Frollo..." Quasimodo says. "A VERY GOOD TEACHER!" And with that he hurls Frollo to his death. Quasimodo then leaves the cathedral in a reprise of "Out there" before the show closes with the reprise of the Bells of Notre Dame, once more sung by clopin. Hunchback fans, find this cd!

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