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Frozen Musical Broadway
For the lovers of the much-famed animated musical Frozen, there is chance that you might just enjoy the characters in a real-life kind of musical.
This is because Disney Theatrical Productions is working on a stage musical which is a production of the Tony Award winning maestros Michael Grandage and Rob Ashford.
For starters, the musical will be staged at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Centre for Performing Arts starting from August 17th to the 1st of October, 2017. If you cannot wait for next year’s big staging of Disney’s Frozen Musical, you can very well get yourself a ticket to the try-outs which are already on sale!
The real deal, though, will be next year over spring when Frozen will be staged together with other Disney favourites; The Lion King and Aladdin. You definitely cannot afford to miss out! The Broadway show will be staged at the St. James Theatre.
And no doubt, the cast of the musical is made up of prolific actors and actresses who will live up to your expectations when it comes to portraying your beloved characters.
Caissie Levy and Patti Murin will play the roles of sisters Elsa and Anna. Moreover, John Riddle will play the part of Hans, Jelani Aladdin will be the love-struck Kristoff while Andrew Pirozzi will characterise Sven the reindeer. Well, obviously, the Disney Musical Frozen is incomplete without the fun and talkative Olaf. His role will be ably handled by Greg Hildreth while Robert Creighton will play the Duke of Weseltown’s part. These primary actors and actresses will no doubt be joined by other members to complete the cast.
And just like the animated musical which was definitely a hit, the staging follows the life, adventures, mysteries, misfortunes and fortunes of two sisters; Anna and Elsa. Elsa, the elder one happens to have magic powers which can turn things into frozen ice when invoked. When playing one day, she hits her sister Anna on the head with ice forcing the parents to take the younger sister to the Trolls to remedy the situation. There, it is revealed to them that the magic powers have both beauty and danger depending on how they are controlled.
To keep Elsa’s powers a secret, the Trolls erase all memories of her powers from Anna’s memory and advise the parents to keep her from using the powers. In time they grow older and misfortune knocks when their parents, who are royals, get killed while away on a trip. Elsa has to be coronated and it is during this event that the magical powers that had been supressed successfully for a long time begin to manifest. Their parents who had been instrumental in keeping Elsa in check are no longer there and moreover, Anna pulls off her gloves which had also significantly helped her supress the powers.
What follows is a series of adventure, deceit, finding love, self-discovery for Elsa and meeting new personalities like Sven and Olaf! After all of these upheavals, though, the sisters make it back to their throne and banish the deceitful Hans and opportunistic Duke of Weseltown.
The animated Disney musical has been hailed as having broken a series of records both in the US and beyond. If the casting and direction of the much anticipated staging is anything to go by, this production will no doubt be a fun and entertaining musical staging that you and your loved ones will remember for a pretty long time.
As a matter of fact, the musical supervisor who will also be in charge of creating dance arrangements will be the prolific Stephen Oresmus. Being a two-time, Tony Award winner and having had stints in other musicals like Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon, you can rest easy in the assurance that you will be enthralled from start till finish.
No doubt, this musical will be a family-friendly bet which deepens the plot of the original Frozen and presents it through a series of utterly interesting music (including new ones).
Well now, it is all up to you to decide; you can get yourself a ticket to the pre-shows in Denver or wait for the Broadway show slated for spring 2018!
From Screen to Stage: Frozen Will Soon Melt Hearts on Broadway
By: Tahlia Campbell
A fresh and exciting story about love in all its forms, Disney’s much-loved animated film Frozen is being brought to life on the stage!
The tale of two sisters, one struggling to accept who she really is and the other searching for true love, earned its place amongst Disney’s classics, and now fans can relive the magic with a new cast and double the amount of songs.
The show is set to hit Broadway at the St James Theatre in summer 2018, but for those who can’t wait until next year, there are early performances from August 17th to October 1st at Buell Theatre in Denver this year.
The book, written by Academy Award winner Jennifer Lee - who directed and wrote the Frozen movie - will follow the plot of the film faithfully. The show will take the chance to explore the depth of the characters with more than double the amount of songs, provided by Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
Led by accomplished director Michael Grandage, the talented cast is sure to delight with their unique portrayals of the show’s beloved characters. Caissie Levy and Patti Murin, who play the sisters Elsa and Anna, have plenty of Broadway experience and the kind of chemistry required to play out the characters’ relationship.
Levy is well established on Broadway already, having played prominent roles in Wicked, Hair and Les Miserables. Her voice and stage presence are perfect for Elsa’s powerhouse solo, Let It Go.
Murin has not only appeared on Broadway in Wicked and Xanadu, she has also made herself known off-broadway and on TV. Her cheerful, bubbly personality will give new life to the optimistic, romantic Anna.
Award-winning actor Jelani Alladin, known for his roles in Choir Boy and The History Boys, will be making his broadway debut as the ice-harvester, Kristoff, and Prince Hans will be played by John Riddle, who has performed in West Side Story and The Little Mermaid. The warm-hearted snowman Olaf will be played by the hilarious Greg Hildreth, who has appeared on Broadway and on TV in The Good Wife, Royal Pains, and Kings.
The costumes, designed by Christopher Orum, are incredibly detailed replicas of the film’s iconic outfits. Elsa’s Arendelle garbs are elegant with royal purple and teal. Anna’s green dress is reminiscent of spring, with a floral motif. Kristoff is dressed for a day of ice-harvesting with a fur-trimmed coat and boots, and Hans remains cool and sophisticated in his white suit.
The Frozen musical will be an experience like no other. Having only been released in 2013, the movie has a special place in the hearts of children and adults alike, making the stage show a much-anticipated event. Bringing a physical presence and immersiveness to the already touching story, Frozen is a show you can’t afford to miss!
Frozen – “Love Is An Open Door”
“Love Is An Open Door” is a catchy duet performed typically by a man and a woman. It is a short and sweet song where two lovebirds exchange simplistic and cute lyrics with each other.
Thematically the song covers an overall and hovering theme of how challenging finding love can be and finding the right partner. The two participants singing rejoice in the fact that they always find an open door with each other that leads to limitless opportunities and joy. The female in the relationship shares a story about being very close with her sister that subsequently “shut her out” from the relationship.
Finding true love helps the female character see that “Love Is An Open Door”. The song is quite catchy and easy to follow. The writer starts by describing how life to this point has been a series of doors being slammed in the author’s face. Finding true love is when one realizes that love indeed is an open door.
“Life can be so much more with you!”
Frozen – “Fixer Upper”
“Fixer Upper” is a fun and playful tune that starts out focusing on the typical, stereotypical “fixer upper” man in need of some fine tuning by a loving and caring woman. The lyrics poke fun at many of the “manly” flaws and shortcomings people tend to associate with men behaving as well . . . . men. The lyrics even question the potential mate’s desire to proceed being blocked by the man’s insistence on his need to “tinkle in the weeds”. It is all fun and laughter.
“The way to fix up this fixer upper
Is to fix him up with you”
The song then transitions into looking at a female “fixer upper”. The male character soundly proclaims that the targeted female is engaged to someone else. Fear not, this women is merely a fixer upper that can be refined regardless of the engagement. “Her cloaked engagement is a fixed arrangement” is the set of lyrics that really jumps out here.
At this point the song transitions to focusing on how everyone is a “bit of a fixer upper” and that the only way to progress forward is to find ways to fit together. The message is that the only way to really fix up any of the fixer uppers out there is with true love.
Frozen – “Let It Go”
Frozen is filled with wonderful music and songs which is one of the main reasons why it resonates so strongly with fans and patrons. One of the more influential songs in the lineup is “Let It Go”. “Let It Go” is an emotional tour de force where the writer beautifully explains the emotions and feelings associated with managing one’s feelings and moving forward in life.
The lyrics refer to a “kingdom of isolation, and a looks like I am the Queen”. “Don’t let them in, don’t let them see”, and “conceal don’t feel” hit home with enormous power to anyone that connects with the song as the writer expresses the experiences of a female under scrutiny dealing with challenges.
The song then transitions into relaying a sense of relief as whatever was being held inside and held back is released out into the open. The author rejoices in the feelings of not caring about what the response is to any revelations and how fear is overcome by embracing the release of feelings.
“Here I stand In the Light Of Day” triumphantly brings the song close to a conclusion as the author clearly stands proud not concerned with what others may say or do. There is a sense of immense accomplishment and confidence as the author conveys such a strong sense of completeness and fulfillment as the good, little girl that kept everything inside moves forward with complete self- awareness and confidence.
When performed live on stage the song “Let It Go” will certainly send an eruption of emotions through every member of the audience. We have all experienced scenarios where we keep thigs inside for fear of what others might say or do. The feeling of relief from standing firm for what you are and who you are is a feeling that cannot be held back or defeated. “Let It Go” takes the audience on this ride in wonderful fashion and is a pure stroke of brilliance.
“Let the storm rage on!!!! The cold never bothered me anyway.”
Frozen - Songs And Cast Updates
Fans are excited to see what music appears in the Broadway version of Frozen which hits the stage in Denver in August 0f 2017 before its arrival on Broadway in the spring of 2018. Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are the songwriters for Frozen. They indicated in 2016 that they plan on more than doubling the amount of songs seen in the movie to a total of 23 songs or more for the Broadway adaptation of Frozen.
Anderson-Lopez noted that there is a lot of new material and the intent of the new songs was to dig deeper into each character. The story for the Musical is essentially the same as the film but there will be more musical content and synergies.
As we get closer to the Broadway premiere and off-Broadway shows in Denver we are learning more about the eventual cast for this Disney Musical. Caissie Levy will play Elsa. Levy is a very well rounded Broadway staple with prominent roles in Wicked, Les Miserable, and Hair. Levy recently became a new mother and can’t wait to give her take on the ice princess.
Patti Murin will play Anna. Murin brings tons of experience in skating around on stage to Frozen given her excellent work in Xanadu. There is also a cast member making his debut on Broadway. Jelani Alladin will play the role of the ice-harvesting and fixer-upper Kristoff. Aladdin is a recent NYU grad and has received critical acclaim in Ragtime, Cabaret, and Choir Boy which was performed in San Francisco.
Olaf will be tackled by Greg Hildreth. Greg has ample experience with fairy tales and is stepping up to the biggest role of his life. Hildreth was wonderful in Peter And the Starcatcher and Rodgers And Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
John Riddle is handling the role of Hans. The League of Cincinnati Theaters named John one of their Rising Stars when he was there studying and he seems to be progressing quite nicely. John has excellent experience performing in The Visit and My Paris.
Robert Creighton, a long time veteran of Disney productions, will take charge of the role of the Duke of Weselton. Creighton has superb experience and credentials from his roles in Chicago, The Lion King, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood among others. Creighton no doubt will amplify the overall execution and brilliance of Frozen The Musical.
The Frozen Broadway Musical gives an opportunity to the avid fans of the celebrated Frozen animation film to enjoy a real-life view of the characters. Since its release, Frozen has performed pretty well, both critically and commercially. It has as a matter of fact risen to be an all-time highest grossing animated film. Its worldwide Box Office sales stand at $1.3bn. Under the direction of the famous Michael Grandage, Frozen Stage Musical is set to become a great hit.
Born on the 2nd of May, 1962, Michael is a renowned producer and theater director from Britain who is known for his great skill and experience in theater direction. Currently, he works as the artistic director of Michael Grandage Company. Between the years 2002 and 2012, Michael worked as the artistic director of London’s Donmar Warehouse.
Born in Yorkshire and bred in Cornwall, Michael began pursuing a career in the entertainment scene by training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama as an actor in 1984. Prior to commencing his training as an actor, Michael attended Humphry Davy Grammar School. He then ventured into acting, a career that he stayed on for more than a decade and worked with names such as Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Exchange. He was also a National Youth Theater member prior to beginning on his career as a director. The Last Yankee marked Michael Grandage’s debut as a director in 1996. He followed this with a directorial role in Twelfth Night 2 years afterwards. This was also his very first Shakespeare production.
While Michael Grandage has had a largely successful and prolific direction career, Frozen is among the works that he is most famed for. The musical premieres at the Buell Theatre and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts IN August of 2017. The musical will also be featured in the Spring of 2018 on Broadway at the St. James Theatre.
Frozen follows the life of Princess Anna of Arendelle and her elder sister, Elsa who has magic powers. One night when the two are playing the castle, Elsa accidentally hurts Anna, by striking her on the head with her powers. Their parents rush them to the trolls where they are met by the leader of the troll colony, Grand Pabbie. Grand Pabie treats Anna of the injury but erases memories of Elsa’s powers. Elsa on the other hand is warned to learn controlling her powers. In order to keep her powers from Anna, Elsa shuts her out which causes the two to drift apart. Their parents die at sea and several years later, Elsa is set to be crowned Queen of Arendelle.
The coronation comes with a series of events that include opening of the gates of the castle that have been closed since their parents’ death, Anna meeting a prince, Hans, and various other exciting experiences. Hans proposes to Anna and she accepts. When she presents Hans to Elsa for approval, Elsa turns them down which causes an argument between the two that leads to Anna taking off Elsa’s gloves. Elsa unleashes her powers in front of everybody and runs into the mountains. Anna tries to make things right by following her into the mountain during which she meets Kristoff and Sphenn his reindeer.
They have an adventure that leads them to meet Olaf which brings back her childhood memories. They find Elsa but things do not go as planned and a confrontation leads to Elsa striking Anna on the heart with her magic. Hans who was left in charge of Arendelle follows them into the mountains and manages to capture and bring back Elsa. Anna is rushed to the Trolls for a cure but is informed that an act of true love is the only salvation she has. What follows is a series of events that sees Han’s and the Duke of Weselton getting exposed for they are, Anna getting cured by an act of true love and Elsa learning to control her powers through love.
Disney announced in September of 2016 that Michael Grandage was to be the director of Frozen Disney Musical. He has since taken an active part in the direction of the musical and has managed to put together a team of brilliant actors. With his skill and expertise, the musical is undoubtedly bound to be remarkable.
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