Alex Timbers to direct Frozen on Broadway in 2017

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

According to the Daily Mail, Disney Theatrical will team with Tony nominee Alex Timbers to direct the Broadway stage adaptation of Disney's 2013 movie Frozen, the 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The show will be reportedly ready to premiere on the Great White Way at some point during 2017.

Frozen will feature a book by the film's writer and co-director Jennifer Lee, along with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who also penned the film's soundtrack. The husband-and-wife songwriting team are said to be already at work writing new songs for the stage musical, which will accompany the Oscar-winning song "Let It Go," along with other frosty favourites "For the First Time in Forever," "Love Is an Open Door" and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"

Frozen is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale 'The Snow Queen,' and 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.

Frozen picked up two Academy Awards at last year's ceremony: Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song (for "Let It Go.").

The voices for the movie include Broadway alumni Tony winner Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent, Aida, If/Then), Tony nominee Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening), and Tony nominee Santino Fontana (Cinderella).

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.

Alex Timbers' Broadway directing credits include his Tony-nominated direction for 'Peter and the Starcatcher,' along with 'Rocky,' 'The Pee-wee Herman Show,' and 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,' for which he also earned a further Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical.

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