Disney’s Frozen Will Come To Broadway
As if the brand new animated film Frozen didn’t have enough going for it already, fans today were treated to an exciting announcement many hoped for but never expected. While Frozen has been receiving raves from critics and fans across the nation for months now, Disney is cheering the success of their latest animated feature film in an entire different way. Disney is planning to use Frozen as it’s next launching pad for just about everything. Toy characters, park attractions and even a potential stage musical. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Disney is planning to bring the Golden Globe Award winning animated film Frozen to Broadway in a brand new stage musical!
Frozen is a brand new animated film based off of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. The movie features eight original songs from husband-and-wife songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Winnie the Pooh) and Tony Award winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon). Frozen tells the story of Anna who sets off to find her sister Elsa, who has left their kingdom due to her icy powers but has accidentally set off an eternal winter on her way out. As Anna searches to find her, she stumbles across a mountain man named Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven. Together, the three of them work together to bring Else back to Arendelle to save their kingdom from the everest like conditions that have been set upon them. However when an old friend, Olaf the snowman joins in on their adventure, things get crazy and the friends all work together in a magnificent musical film filled with adventure, love and hilarity for all ages. Some of the best known songs from the new film include”Do you wanna build a snowman?“, “Love is an open door” and “Let It Go“.
In an interview with Fortune magazine, Disney CEO Bob Iger (Pictured Right) dropped a bombshell announcement while talking about the success of their recent animated film Frozen. Iger announced that discussions have begun at Disney to turn the animated film into a stage production that would eventually play Broadway. According to Disney officials, the project is in early stages of development still being worked on for legitimate stage use. Official plans for a Broadway bow have not been announced yet at this time.
“We’re not demanding speed, we’re demanding excellence.” – Iger
Disney is wasting no time capitalizing on their newest animated film which has audiences and critics raving that the golden age has returned comparing the film to some of Disney’s greatest hits ever like The Lion King. So far, the movie has grossed $669 million dollars and the film hasn’t even opened yet in China or Japan. Both countries are expected to bring in even more dough for Disney as they continue to cash in on their new hit. Frozen won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature on January 12th, 2014 and is expected to be nominated for the Oscar.
The movie was directed by Chris Buck who worked with Disney as the director of Tarzan and Jennifer Lee who was the screenwriter for Wreck-It Ralph, Disney’s last animated outing before Frozen. The cast of the film who are all featured only in voice over work include features Kristen Bell best known from Forgetting Sarah Marshall as Anna; Tony Award winner Idina Menzel best known for her role in Wicked and the star of the upcoming Broadway musical If/Then as Elsa; Jonathan Groff last seen on Broadway in Spring Awakening as Kristoff, Tony Award nominees Josh Gad best known for his performance in The Book of Mormon as Olaf and Santino Fontana who can currently be seen as the Prince in Cinderella as Hans. Other cast members include Alan Tudyk and Ciarán Hinds.
Frozen on Broadway. WOW! Here’s something I think all of us Disney fans who have loved this new animated film hoped for and never expected to see. However, Disney is answering the call of its thirsty fans asking for more. Under the direction of Bob Iger, Disney has worked to thrust itself back into the spotlight it once held in the early 90’s when it was cranking out classics like The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin just to name a few. While Disney has much success with its animated films on stage before such as The Lion King or Mary Poppins, they have also had their fair share. Disney Theatrical is known for waiting to bring life to particular Disney shows years, even sometimes a decade or two, after they first premiered. Two of Disney’s current shows on Broadway fall under that example. Newsies came to Broadway after Disney held off on turning their not so animated musical feature into a stage musical which has since won over audiences, won two Tony Awards and broken house records at The Nederlander Theatre on Broadway just under 10 times. Aladdin, which comes to Broadway this spring, made its screen debut in the early 90’s and comes to the stage after many try outs in various cities around the nation and Disney working out many kinks in order to secure the production be the best it can possibly be.
Disney is not going to wait on Frozen. Disney sees the opportunity that lies before it with the success of this production and is going to make the most of it as they can and as they should. The Lion King made its stage debut only a few years after it’s debut to the screen and has been playing on Broadway ever since. It has also gone on to play around the world and rake in an absurd amout of cash for Disney in tickets, merchandise and branding. Frozen is Disney’s Wicked. The story of two sisters who are both strong and one of them has powers. Something I thought of while writing this post was that if Disney really wanted to, they could quite literally transfer the voice cast of the film to the stage. All of the actor’s who voiced the characters in Frozen have had stage experience before and could bring to life the sound of this new iconic Disney movie to life on Broadway night after night. Idina as a misunderstood girl with powers? Been there. Done that. Get out the Tony now? Okay, maybe I’m getting a little excited. But how can you blame me when you look at the potential this movie holds in store?
Luner on Theatre truly couldn’t be more excited to see Disney announce a new stage production in the works! We will continue to bring you updates on this project as they come to us over time. In the meantime, bundle up, grab a cup of hot chocolate and go enjoy your new favorite Disney animated movie not only perfect for the winter, but the stage as well here you may soon be able to experience it. Check out our entire Disney Page on Luner on Theatre for more information as well. For more information, visit the official website for Disney’s Frozen. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! 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!