Live Tour of Disney's "Frozen" to Launch This Fall

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and Michael Gioia
20 May 2014

The Academy Award-winning Disney film "Frozen," which is in development as a live stage musical, will first take to the road this fall as part of Disney on Ice, according to the New York Times.



A cast of 39 performers will be employed for the touring production that will launch in September in Orlando, FL. The production, which will require nine tractor trailers to tour, will utilize 20 snow machines to create the giant blizzard central to the story.

Patty Vincent will direct the Disney on Ice version of "Frozen," which is being developed along with members of the film's creative team. Vincent told the Times, "Their input has been extraordinarily helpful as we try to exceed the very high fan expectations. They helped us with Elsa’s style of movement — balletic, vertical — and how it differs from Anna, who is more playful and horizontal."

"Frozen" is the highest-grossing animated film of all time. It is also the first billion-dollar film for Walt Disney Animation Studios and its first film to receive the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

"Frozen" opened wide domestically Nov. 27, 2013, posting the No. 1 Thanksgiving debut ($93.6 million five-day, $67.4 million three-day) and Walt Disney Animation Studios' biggest opening. It remained in the top ten films at the domestic box office for 16 consecutive weeks, the longest run by any film since 2002.

On the same day it won two Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (Robert and Kristen-Anderson Lopez for "Let It Go"), "Frozen," Walt Disney Animation Studios' 53rd feature film, crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.

Read the Playbill.com feature with songwriting collaborators Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who won their first Oscar, making Robert Lopez the youngest EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winner)

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Directed by Chris Buck ("Tarzan," "Surf's Up") and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter "Wreck-It Ralph") from a screenplay by Lee, the voice cast of the film features Kristin Bell ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall," The Crucible), Idina Menzel (Wicked, If/Then), Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening), Tony Award nominees Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon) and Santino Fontana (Cinderella), Alan Tudyk (Prelude to a Kiss) and Ciarán Hinds (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof).

The film uses original songs by husband-and-wife songwriters Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez as well as an original score composed by Christophe Beck ("The Muppets").

Here's how the film, produced by Peter Del Vecho, is described: "Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom."