First Shots of Betsy Wolfe and Matthew Bittner in Up Here, the New Musical by Frozen Songwriters

News   First Shots of Betsy Wolfe and Matthew Bittner in Up Here, the New Musical by Frozen Songwriters
Up Here, the new musical by the songwriters of Disney's blockbuster "Frozen," began its world-premiere engagement July 28 at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, CA.

Betsy Wolfe and Matt Bittner topline the production, which takes place inside the head of the main character, a computer repairman (Bittner) with a vivid imagination.

Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who co-wrote the Academy Award-winning song "Let It Go" from the movie "Frozen," collaborated on the book, music and lyrics of Up Here, which is directed by Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, Rocky).

The cast also features Andrew Call, Giovanni Cozic, Jeff Hiller, Gizel Jimenez, Zonya Love, Sarah Meahl, Eric Petersen, Devin Ratray, Devere Rogers, Charles South and Nick Verina. The ensemble consists of local actors Kikau Alvaro, Hanz Enyeart, Jacob Haren, April Jo Henry, Tamara Rodriguez and Graham Stevens, plus UC San Diego M.F.A. students N’Jameh Camara, Zakiyah Markland and Lorena Martinez.

Here's how the production is billed: "In Up Here, when introverted 30-something computer repairman Dan finds a potential spark with outgoing t-shirt designer Lindsay, his attempts at a relationship are thwarted by the Technicolor world in his head. This world-premiere musical goes where no musical has gone before, bringing to life the circus of judgmental, neurotic, ever-changing characters that rule an ordinary man's mind. Up Here is an ambitious, razor-sharp musical comedy about recognizing your place in the universe — and maybe even finding happiness."

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