Lapine to helm, Menken and Schwartz to compose, pen lyrics

NEW YORK — Disney Theatricals has inked a deal with noted choreographer Lar Lubavitch to handle the hoofing for its new tuner, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Currently being crafted in Berlin, “Hunchback” will be directed by veteran Broadway helmer James Lapine. Songs for the tuner are being handled by Disney’s “Pocahontas” pic tunesmiths: Alan Menken will compose and Stephen Schwartz will pen its lyrics.

Lubavitch’s most recent work on Broadway was the troubled “High Society,” which shuttered last month. He started his Gotham-based Lar Lubavitch Dance Company in 1968, and most recently produced “Othello” for the American Ballet Theater last season. Lubavitch was nominated for a Tony Award for his choreography in the musical “Into the Woods.”The musical is being produced for Disney by Stella AG. It will bow in late spring/early summer 1999. Chris Boneau, a spokesman for Disney Theatricals, confirmed the Lubavitch deal, but added that a Broadway production has not been set for “Hunchback” as yet.

Lubavitch is repped by Bill Craver at the Gotham-based Writers & Artists Agency.

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