The world has enjoyed author Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” since its original publication in 1831 — so much so that the story has commanded lots of attention amid technical advancement. Moonlight Stage Productions is giving the live show, based on Disney’s 1996 animation, a go — and the result is a cautionary tale about the theater’s errant place in matters that probably shouldn’t concern it.

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Sometimes, when you take a show out of the hothouse that is Broadway and make it available for less harried regional audiences, what wilted in the hothouse blooms when transplanted. And sometimes, the show stays wilted…

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