This new musical dramatizes a hilarious and melancholy panel discussion between Quasimodo, hunchback of Notre Dame, and Ludwig van Beethoven, composer, on their attempt to create a mysterious sound effect called for in Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard.
Playing out over eleven musical scenes, or “variations,” the story details the duo's collaboration—one doomed by their deafness, unpleasant working conditions, and the fact that Beethoven has not fully committed to the process.
Did you know this musical was created without a director? We asked the stars how they created such a complex show on their own.
AN UNMITIGATED, SURPRISINGLY ENDEARING AND IMPOSSIBLY SUCCESSFUL MASTERPIECE'
Chicago Stage Review