For many Disney fans, moms of young kids, and musical-lovers, life can be split into two time periods: life before Frozen and life afterwards. The hit blockbuster movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios, acclaimed for its stunning animation, catchy tunes, and touching story of sisterly love, debuted in November of 2013 and became a movie-musical sensation the world over. With Frozen fever still going strong, the franchise has grown to incorporate a forthcoming sequel, merchandise galore, and a brand-new interactive ride at Disney World. And now, Frozen has its sights set on Broadway.
From left: John Riddle as Hans, Caissie Levy as Elsa, Patti Murin as Anna, and Jelani Alladin as Kristoff
The Walt Disney company is no stranger to the stage—live musical versions of their beloved film properties like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast have been notably successful on Broadway and gone on to tour nationally. So, what exactly can we expect from Frozen‘s newest foray onto the stage? According to an official Disney press release, fans of the original film can rest assured that the new musical adheres to the plot of the movie, but also “expands upon and deepens its indelible plot and themes through new songs and story material from the film’s creators.” These changes include almost double the amount of music found in the original film, including a song for bad-guy-in-disguise Hans (“Hans of the Southern Isles”), a lovely duet for Anna and Kristoff (“What Do You Know About Love?”), and two new ballads for Elsa entitled “Dangerous to Dream” and “Monster.” And yes, smash-hit “Let It Go” is there too, as an electrifying Act 1 finale.
Behind-the-scenes photos featuring James Brown III as King Agnarr, John Riddle as Hans on the faux-ice set, and ensemble member Nina Lafarga.
The current creators attached to the project include songwriting couple and Broadway veterans Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Book of Mormon, In Transit), director Michael Grandage (Evita, Hamlet), and the original Frozen screenwriter Jennifer Lee. Caissie Levy (Hairspray, Les Misérables) and Patti Murin (Xanadu) are both taking star turns as sisters Anna and Elsa.
Frozen is currently performing an out-of-town tryout August 17-October 1 in Denver, with aims to open on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on February 22, 2018. If the past is any indicator, this latest installment in the Frozen franchise is sure to be yet another home-run for both Broadway and Disney.
Disney Theatrical Productions Press Release. Full Cast and Creative Team Announced for Disney’s New Broadway Musical, Frozen. Frozenthemusical.com.
McPhee, Ryan. Frozen Heads to Broadway in February—Here Are Some Changes From the Movie to Expect. August 9, 2017. Playbill.com.
Wikipedia. Frozen (musical). Wikipedia.com.
McPhee, Ryan. Frozen Musical Sets Date for Broadway Opening. August 23, 2017. Playbill.com.
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