Elsa is climbing to the highest mountain to not only “Let It Go”, but try herself out in front of audiences before heading to Broadway. While Chicago has become Broadway’s ultimate out-of-town tryout center, Disney just announced their latest Broadway musical will tryout far from the Windy City in a region where Else, Anna and Olaf may just feel right at home. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the Denver Center For The Performing Arts will be home to the pre-Broadway premiere of Frozen The Musical!
The Denver Center For The Performing Arts (Pictured Right) announced it’s 2016-17 season lineup and along with that announcement came one large surprise! Denver will be home to the pre-Broadway premiere of Disney’s latest stage musical, Frozen. The production will specifically play the Buell Theatre at the Denver Center.As the nation’s largest not-for-profit theatre organization, DCPA has hosted Disney Broadway-bound musicals before. The theatre helped Disney’s The Little Mermaid get its sea legs before that production headed to Broadway in 2008. Exact dates for the run of Frozen in Denver will be announced at a later time. Thanks to Jim Nix for the photo above right!
As previously reported by Luner on Theatre, Disney will bring Frozen to Broadway in Spring 2018 following a pre-Broadway tryout out-of-town in Summer 2017. Exact dates, casting and a Broadway theatre for the production will be announced at a later time. The production will be directed by Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Insert Shiver Me Timbers Joke Here & Pictured Left) and choreographed by Tony Award winner Peter Darling. Just this week, Disney announced the rest of the creative team for the production as well! The production is set to feature a scenic and costume design by Bob Crowley, a lighting design by Natasha Katz and a sound design by Peter Hylenski. Stephen Oremus will serve as musical supervisor for the production.
The stage production is set to reunite the movie’s creative team with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez writing music and lyrics for additional original songs as well all their original music from the film. Jennifer Lee, who was screenwriter and co-director of the film, will write the musical’s book for Broadway.
Luner Lowdown: Well, that didn’t take long! Just days after Disney announced its creative teams and plans to bring Frozen to Broadway, Denver announced it would host the pre-Broadway tryout for the production at the DCPA (Pictured Right). A smart move on Disney’s behalf for two reasons. First of all, Disney has worked there before. As we mentioned above, The Little Mermaid got itself together here and was able to assemble before Broadway. Disney has worked here and knows what it is headed into. Second and more importantly; It’s far away from New York. With critics willing to now head to Boston and even sometimes Chicago to check out a show even before they make their Broadway bows, Denver might just be far enough to keep some away until a Broadway bow for Frozen is Frozen (God, I really hate myself). A smart move to allow time for the show to develop. Despite the reviews the show gets out-of-town, there is no doubt work will be done between the Denver production and Broadway. Sometimes, that work is drastic. Look at Disney’s Aladdin currently on Broadway. Panned by critics in Toronto before hitting New York, the show won over audiences and critics here totally revamping itself before it’s official Broadway bow.
As promised, Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on Disney’s latest Broadway-bound musical, Frozen, as more is revealed about the production leading up to its pre-Broadway tryout and move to New York City! With still plenty of time before this show hits the stage, we’re off to build a snowman! Yes, we’re truly that excited! For more information, visit Frozen on Broadway’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!