Most shows from Disney Theatrical Productions are adaptations of highly successful movies such as “The Lion King,” “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Mary Poppins.” Compared with those musicals, “Newsies”, a stage version of the 1992 family-friendly motion picture (and a box office bomb in theatres), sounds highly risky.

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Quasimodo. Esmeralda and the rest of Victor Hugo’s 15th Century Paris will probably end up on Broadway, produced by the almighty Disney machine, but meanwhile, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is flexing many a theatrical muscle on the La Jolla Playhouse stage.

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