Hunchback of Notre Dame Swings into San Francisco

Sanctuary! Sanctuary! What better clarion call than this for a town that proudly declares itself a sanctuary city?
At the premier of Bay Area Musical’s production of this poignant classic, the bells of the cathedral rang out with a moving message that resonates in these times of xenophobia and anti-immigrant backlash. 

As Esmeralda sang "God Help the Outcasts," a song written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, the theater echoed with imagery that has dominated recent news cycles and we cannot help to flash to pictures of kids in cages, torn from their parents as they sought asylum at our borders.

The show features Alex Rodriguez as “Quasimodo,” who was dedicated to the role, but hard to buy as a disfigured shut-in, Clay David as a convincingly creepy and hypocritical “Frollo,”Alysia Noelle Beltran as the enchanting “Esmeralda,” Jorey Cantu (Player) made a stunning Bay Area Musicals debut in multiple roles and several hard-working "players" kept the show moving along at a quick clip and set changes seamless.

Alysia Noelle Beltran as an enchanting “Esmeralda” 
The multicultural cast was talented and earnest, with beautiful soaring voices. Their diversity drove home the point that inclusion can only make our country more harmonious.

Bay Area Musical’s production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
When: Sat., July 7, 2018 – Sun., August 5, 2018 (press opening on Sat. July 7 at 8:00 p.m.) Where:Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street San Francisco, CA 94102)
Running Times: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including 1 intermission.
Tickets: $20 - $65 and may be purchased online at

Clay David as a convincingly creepy “Frollo"


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