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Disney's Frozen will bow on Broadway in Spring 2018

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Disney Theatrical Productions have finally officialy confirmed a Broadway opening for the stage adaptation of Disney's Academy Award-winning movie Frozen, the 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The musical is scheduled to play an out-of-town tryout (at a theatre to be confirmed) in Summer 2017 and will open on Broadway in Spring 2018.

Frozen features 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. As previously speculated, Golden Globe winner and two-time Tony nominee Alex Timbers will direct the musical, which also features choreography by Tony winner Peter Darling.

Synopsis: "Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen, the musical tells the story of fearless princess Anna who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged iceman, his loyal pet reindeer, and a naïve snowman to find her estranged sister Elsa, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter."

The creative team has alson been announced and features scenic and costume design by seven-time Tony winner Bob Crowley, lighting design by five-time Tony winner Natasha Katz, sound design by four-time Tony nominee Peter Hylenski, and music supervision and vocal & incidental arrangements by two-time Tony winner Stephen Oremus.

Exact dates along with casting and venue information will be released at a later date.

The 2013 animated film Frozen picked up two Academy Awards at the 2014 ceremony: Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song (for "Let It Go.").

The film's soundtrack also features popular songs such as "For the First Time in Forever," "Love Is an Open Door" and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" amongst others.

The film's cast includes Broadway alumni Tony winner Idina Menzel (Elsa), Tony nominee Josh Gad (Olaf), Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Kristoff), and Tony nominee Santino Fontana (Hans).

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.

- by Tom Millward

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