By Beth Deitchman
There’s a chill in the air on this warm July morning—but it’s the best possible kind. Today Disney Theatrical Productions released a first sneak peek at the production of the new Broadway musical Frozen, revealing what some frozen things are doing in summer: preparing for a big Broadway opening in the spring of 2018 at the St. James Theatre!
The two-act stage production of Frozen will expand upon and deepen the plot and themes of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ blockbuster 2013 feature. Jennifer Lee, the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck), who is writer of the musical’s book, promises that we’ll learn more about what Elsa goes through on her emotional journey. And, since the Broadway production of Frozen includes more than twice as many songs as were in the film—with Oscar® winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez penning new music for the stage—we’re melting over the thought of an expanded musical journey, as well.
Director Michael Grandage, Disney Theatrical Productions President and Producer Thomas Schumacher, Anderson-Lopez, Lopez, Lee, and Choreographer Rob Ashford are among the members of the creative team who you’ll hear from in this new video. They’re currently preparing for an out-of-town tryout at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts from August 17–October, 2017. If this glimpse inside the rehearsal room has you feeling like you can’t hold it back anymore, just let it go and visit DenverCenter.org for information on the Denver engagement and to purchase your tickets, which are on sale now.
Tickets for the Broadway run are now available at FrozenTheMusical.com or by calling the Disney on Broadway hotline at (866) 870-2717. Group tickets for 20 or more will be available at DisneyTheatricalSales.com or by calling (800) 439-9000.
As previously announced, Frozen stars Broadway veterans Caissie Levy as Elsa and Patti Murin as Anna. They are joined by principal cast members Jelani Alladin (Kristoff), Greg Hildreth (Olaf), John Riddle (Hans), Robert Creighton (Weselton), Kevin Del Aguila (Oaken), Timothy Hughes (Pabbie), Andrew Pirozzi (Sven), Audrey Bennett (Young Anna), Mattea Conforti (Young Anna), Brooklyn Nelson (Young Elsa), Ayla Schwartz (Young Elsa), Alyssa Fox (Elsa Standby), Aisha Jackson (Anna Standby) and Adam Jepsen (Sven Standby).
The stellar design team for Frozen includes scenic and costume design by Tony® and Olivier Award winner Christopher Oram (Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Evita), lighting design by six-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Aladdin; Hello Dolly!; An American in Paris), sound design by four-time Tony nominee Peter Hylenski (The Scottsboro Boys, Motown, After Midnight), video design by Tony winner Finn Ross (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), puppet design by Michael Curry (The Lion King, Spamalot), hair design by David Brian Brown (War Paint, She Loves Me), makeup design by Anne Ford-Coates (On Your Feet!; On the Twentieth Century) and special effects design by Jeremy Chernick (Aladdin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).
Rounding out the musical team are two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus (Avenue Q, Wicked, The Book of Mormon), who serves as music supervisor and creates vocal, incidental and dance arrangements. Joining Oremus on the music team are Tony nominee Dave Metzger (orchestrations), Chris Montan (executive music producer) and Brian Usifer (music director).
Frozen is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.