Disney's Frozen Sets Denver 2017 Pre-Broadway Premiere

News   Disney's Frozen Sets Denver 2017 Pre-Broadway Premiere The stage adaptation of Disney's hit animated film musical Frozen will premiere at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017 prior to a spring 2018 Broadway arrival.

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The out-of-town premiere will play Denver Center's Buell Theatre with official dates to be announced. Denver is also where Disney's stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid tested its legs in 2007 prior to its Broadway arrival.

DCPA's 2016-17 season is also studded with tours of recent high-profile Broadway shows including Fun Home, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An American in Paris and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. For the full season slate, visit DenverCenter.org.

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The production will reunite three members of the movie’s creative team: songwriters Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who will write additional original songs for the stage incarnation, and screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee, who will write the musical’s book.

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The production will be directed by Alex Timbers (Here Lies Love, Peter and the Starcatcher, "Mozart in the Jungle") and choreographed by Peter Darling (Matilda and a Tony winner for Billy Elliot). Anderson, Lopez and Timbers also collaborated on an original stage musical, Up Here, which had a tryout last summer. Casting, Broadway dates and theatre for Frozen will be announced at a future date.

Creating the visual world of Frozen on stage are Tony Award-winning scenic and costume designer Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins, Aladdin, An American in Paris) and Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, School of Rock).

Two-time Tony Award and Grammy winner Stephen Oremus (The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Kinky Boots, The Wiz Live!) is musical supervisor. Oremus also arranged music for the original animated version of "Frozen." Four-time Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski (After Midnight, The Scottsboro Boys) is the show's sound designer.

Frozen is being produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. It's the latest in a series of stage adaptations of Disney animated films that has included Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.

The Disney Parks Blog previously reported that the show would try out in summer 2016 at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, CA. It said the new show will immerse audiences "in the world of 'Frozen' as never before, with elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects and surprising scenic transformations." No word on whether that production is still on the drawing board.

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