|Michael Arden and Ciara Renee as Quasimodo and Esmeralda, Photo by Matthew Murphy|
After a week and half of previews the Paper Mill Playhouse's production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame officially opens tonight! After last year's critically acclaimed production at the La Jolla Playhouse here's hoping for more of the same after the press leave the theatre tonight. Then maybe, just maybe, Broadway could be next.
But that's the future. Tonight is important for that, of course, but it's more important as a celebration of this production and all the hard work and energy that the cast, creative team and everyone at the Paper Mill have put into making this show the best it can possibly be. The press will be there, but more importantly so will friends and family. So to everyone at the Paper Mill tonight, on stage, back stage and in the audience, I will say simply this, enjoy it, celebrate it and be moved by it. That's what live theatre's all about. This is your night and I wish you all the very best.
And maybe, if we're lucky, we'll see this show make its way to Broadway one day, someday, soon.