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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Sunday (October 19) at La Mesa’s St. Martin of Tours Church, the recently formed choral group Folklore shared a program with Joseph Martin Waters’ avant-garde ensemble Swarmius, evidence of a new collaborative spirit among San Diego music ensembles and organizations. . .

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Wendy Maples

The opening number of Pippin, Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hinson’s 1970s-era musical, is titled “Magic To Do.” Invoking magic in the opening number sets a high bar to jump, and Diversionary Theatre’s production, while solid, doesn’t rise to the level of magic. It has become fashionable to re-think Pippin, whose score by the composer…

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