Arts & Culture Events

The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Concert

Buffalo State Performing Arts Center (Rockwell Hall) 
1300 Elmwood Avenue 
Buffalo NY 14222

Oct 19 at 7:30pm
Oct 20 at 2pm and 7:30pm 

Starring Buffalo presents a thrilling new take on The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance, and what it means to be a hero.

Written by Academy Award-winners Alan Menken (Beauty and the BeastAladdin) and Stephen Schwartz (WickedGodspell), the show features songs from the Disney animated movie, as well as new songs from Menken and Schwartz. The book by Peter Parnell (The West Wing) includes passages from Hugo’s gothic novel, creating a dark and beautiful musical suitable for adults and children alike.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be sung in concert, with a cast featuring world-class Broadway performers and several of Buffalo’s top actors delivering an up-close and unforgettable musical experience. More than 100 artists will participate, including a professional orchestra, talented area high school students, and members of the UB dance department. A magical musical theater experience, Hunchback will enthrall audience members with its stirring melodies and stunning voices.

Quasimodo will be played by Ben Frankhauser (Newsies, Spring Awakening), and Esmeralda by Dan’yelle Williamson (MemphisRockyThe Lion King – Tour). The show also stars Devin Ilaw (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon),  Jonah Platt (Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar– Live), and Keith Ersing (Buffalo Philharmonic’s Fiddler). The acclaimed Buffalo actors participating include Leah BerstCharmagne Chi, Arianne Davidow, Matthew Iwanski-JacksonDudney Joseph, Ben Michael Moran, Katy Miner, and Raphael Santos.

Participating high schools are Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, Williamsville East, Tonawanda High School, and Starpoint High School.

Starring Buffalo is a not-for-profit arts organization founded by theater professionals and supporters with ties to both the Buffalo and Broadway communities. Learn more about our cutting-edge model for musical theater and arts participation.

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