Top 5 Facts About Frozen: The Musical

Script written by Savannah Sher Frozen is coming to broadway! The show has been in the works for a while since its release in 2013. Apparently, Thomas Schumacher, who heads up Disney’s theatrical efforts, texted John Lasseter after a screening of the movie, and immediately got the ball rolling on what he thought was the perfect Broadway musical. In 2014, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger made the official announcement. There has also been some important plot changes too. For instance, Kristoff’s troll family has been substituted with the elf-like “huldufólk” from Faroese and Icelandic folk tradition, and will open the show. Additionally, thewolves that terrorize Anna, Kristoff, and Sven, as well as the gigantic Marshmallow, have been taken out.
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h4>Top 5 Facts About Frozen the Musical
Disney fans rejoice! Welcome to MsMojo and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 5 Facts About Frozen the Musical. For this list, we’re looking at some interesting info about this upcoming Broadway show.

#5: This Has Been in the Works for a While

When “Frozen” was released in 2013, it became a near instant cultural sensation. The film and its characters are now a Disney staple, in merchandise, films, parks and more, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s getting a stage production too. What’s interesting though, is that there were talks about a stage musical before the movie even hit theatres. Apparently, Thomas Schumacher, who heads up Disney’s theatrical efforts, texted John Lasseter after a screening of the movie, and immediately got the ball rolling on what he thought was the perfect Broadway musical. In 2014, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger made the official announcement.

#4: There Are Some Important Plot Changes

Understandably, bringing an animated movie to the live-action stage has its fair share of exciting opportunities and challenges. The musical has more time to delve deeper into the story, but it might also substitute or remove certain details, either to make it a little bit easier to bring to life, or to try something new. For instance, Kristoff’s troll family has been substituted with the elf-like “huldufólk” from Faroese and Icelandic folk tradition, and will open the show. Additionally, thewolves that terrorize Anna, Kristoff, and Sven, as well as the gigantic Marshmallow, have been taken out.

#3: They’ve Already Unveiled the Cast

The musical may not hit the Broadway stage until spring 2018, but the full cast list of the production in Denver has already been announced. Since the story will be following the same trajectory as the film’s, expect to see all your favorite characters, like Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Hans, along with many more. In April 2017, the two female leads were announced: Caissie Levy as Elsa, and Patti Murin as Anna. Murin’s theatre credits include being in the original Broadway production of “Lysistrata Jones” in the title role. Levy has previously played Molly Jensen in “Ghost” the Musical, Sheila in “Hair,” and Elphaba in “Wicked,” ironically another role made famous by Idina Menzel.

#2: The Original Creators Wrote the Book, Music & Lyrics

We know this adaptation will be a solid one with these capable people at the helm. Jennifer Lee, who wrote and co-directed the movie version, winning an Oscar for her efforts, has written the book for the Broadway rendition. Husband and wife team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who were the musical geniuses behind the film’s songs, are actually quite well-versed in the musical theatre world already. Robert Lopez actually co-created the award-winning Broadway hits “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon,” while Kristen Anderson-Lopez co-wrote “In Transit.” They’re back on board to adapt “Frozen” for the stage and have written the music and lyrics for the production.

#1: They’ve Almost Tripled the Songs

“Frozen” the movie has a lot going for it, with complex characters, a fresh and innovative plot and lots of humor sprinkled in. There’s no denying though that its incredible and catchy songs were what made it stand out from the rest. If you haven’t been able to get “Let it Go” out of your head, well, you may be in trouble. To bring this new telling of “Frozen” to life, new songs and reprises have been written to add to the handful that were in the original film. Each character will be getting more time to tell their story through song; Elsa, for example, has a new tune in the second act called “Dangerous to Dream.”
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