Frozen: New Disney stage musical in the works
In an interview with Fortune Magazine Walt Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger revealed that Walt Disney's 2013 movie Frozen, the 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, is in the early developmental phase of being adapted into a stage musical that is expected to premiere on Broadway.
Through work on the project is going ahead, Disney are in no hurry to bring the project to completion with Iger telling the magazine, "We're not demanding speed...We're demanding excellence."
Frozen, which features a screenplay by Jennifer Lee and story by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Shane Morris, and is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen," tells the story of princess Anna who seeks to rescue her kingdom from the perpetual winter caused by the frosty powers of her estranged sister Elsa, aided by a snowman Olaf, a mountain man named Kristoff, and his loyal pet reindeer Sven.
The movie's soundtrack, which features music by Robert Lopez and lyrics by his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, includes the songs, "Let It Go," "For the First Time in Forever," "Winter's Waltz" and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"
Robert Lopez is a two-time Tony Award winning composer and lyricist, having won awards for 'The Book of Mormon,' which he co-wrote with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and for 'Avenue Q,' whose score and lyrics he co-wrote with Jeff Marx.
The voices for the movie include Broadway alumni Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon: Tony nomination), Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening: Tony nomination), Idina Menzel (Wicked: Tony Award-winner) and Santino Fontana (Cinderella: Tony nomination).
Frozen has reently been nominated for two 2014 Academy Awards: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, and Best Original Song ("Let It Go.").