Frozen Producer Confirms Broadway Musical In The Works
We just can’t let it go! Disney’s Frozen is just months away from its one year anniversary and it still seems like fans cannot get enough! Called the greatest Disney animated movie since The Lion King, Frozen exploded into movie theaters last Thanksgiving and became an immediate hit. Critics gave the movie positive reviews and fans loved it even more calling it one of the greats like The Lion King, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid or Hunchback of Notre Dame. Now just 10th months after the movie first hit the screen, Disney has announced even bigger plans for their brand new hit. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the producer of Frozen has confirmed a stage musical adaptation for Broadway is in the works!
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“.
Frozen producer Peter Del Vecho (Pictured Right) has confirmed to TVGuide.com that a stage musical adaptation is in the works for Broadway. Word of Frozen first heading to Broadway broke back in January when Disney CEO Bob Iger dropped the bombshell announced in an interview with Fortune Magazine. Iger was speaking on the success of the new movie and mentioned a stage adaptation was in discussion and Broadway was a potential option. Songwriters Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez have also spoke about a stage adaptation in interviews but have not been able to confirm anything. Del Vecho is the first to openly come out and confirm the musical is now in the works for the Broadway stage.
In a statement about the project, Peter Del Vecho said:
“What we have talked about is a Broadway show, which is under development. There’s no specific timeline for that…It’ll get produced from our theatrical unit. That’s the next logical step for the project.”
Del Vecho also mentioned during his interview that the film’s directors, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, would be brought back on to work on the project. Del Vecho also stated about there being no specific timeline for the project which echoed the message Bob Iger (Pictured Left) sent back in January when saying “We’re not demanding speed. We’re demanding excellence” when it came to questions about when the musical could be expected to first bow.
I am so truly excited about the idea of Frozen on Broadway! This movie musical was an absolute hit for them from the start and they are not wasting any time on bringing even more success to the name Frozen with a stage musical adaptation. It is in Disney’s blood to often wait several years after a movie premieres to even consider the idea of turning the film into a musical. This has happened before with Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin (which is actually currently playing on Broadway at The New Amsterdam Theatre) and the now Broadway bound Hunchback of Notre Dame musical. However, sometimes they jump on the success of their films from the start. The Lion King is a perfect example of this. The film premiered in 1994 to major acclaim and success. A stage musical was adapted and mounted just four years later. The Lion King on Broadway, which is still playing and currently the fourth longest running show in Broadway history, has gone on to even more incredible success on the stage. Frozen must be adapted now.
As I mentioned above, it took four years to develop Lion King into a musical after the film premiered. While fans and Disney want Frozen on stage as soon as possible, the key to Frozen’s success on the stage is proper development and planning which comes with time. Bob Iger has said this from the very start. Even if Frozen was not to hit the stage for several more years, the film will still be relevant enough and enough of a name to produce ticket sales on Broadway. Yes, I know you want to be sitting in the theatre listening to some big Broadway star belt out “Let It Go” while it more than likely snows in the theatre around you! However, time and patience is key here. Rushing this process in order to gain more gross out of it could derail the entire project. It is much better to take the time and do this project properly so it will last in the long run. Broadway is also only the beginning of the stage life Frozen has in store. Theatres nation-wide are already on the edge of their seats waiting for Frozen TYA, Frozen Jr. and even Frozen Kids!
Luner on Theatre will be sure to keep you updated on Frozen’s road to the stage life! As we mentioned, we could be covering this story for years as a stage adaptation has only just begin and is still in the very early stages. However, this is going to be one of those projects that is definitely worth the wait. For more information, visit Frozen’s Official Website or Facebook Page. 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!