Stage Version of "Frozen" Will Arrive on Broadway in Spring 2018; Creative Team Named

News   Stage Version of "Frozen" Will Arrive on Broadway in Spring 2018; Creative Team Named
 
The international hit Disney film "Frozen" — which featured the award-winning "Let It Go," performed by Tony winner Idina Menzel — will come to life in a new theatrical production scheduled to hit Broadway in spring 2018.

A tryout is planned for summer 2017 at a venue and city to be announced, as are exact dates, casting and a theatre for the planned spring 2018 Broadway opening.

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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 are collaborating on an original stage musical, Up Here, which had a tryout last summer. 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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