La Jolla Playhouse has announced casting for its upcoming U.S. premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring the Disney film score by Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. The production, which is produced by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, will run from October 26-December 7 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. ...
Probably the deal is, launch in La Jolla, tinker with it a bit, take it to Broadway.
The Mouse has had good luck turning its animated features into Broadway (and national tour) gold. They've got a pre-built score and book, and a lot of the spade work is already done, so what's not to like? The stockholders will be pleased.
H/t Don Hahn