Playbill Poll: Who Should Play Elsa in the Stage Adaptation of Disney's "Frozen"? Readers Respond

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19 Jan 2014

Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster
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With Disney in the early stages of developing its hit animated musical "Frozen" for the stage, we wondered: Who should star as Snow Queen Elsa in the future adaptation?

Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter to see who they would like to play the role, voiced on screen by Tony winner Idina Menzel, and why.

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Kristin Thomas: Sutton Foster. No need for explanation
Tyler Craig Smith: Definitely Sutton Foster
Madeleine Kate: Sutton Foster as Elsa and Laura Osnes as Anna. SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Jared Hadley: Sutton foster!
Tom Anderson: Sutton Foster for either role. She's probably better suited for Anna though.
@KristinLasVegas: Sutton Foster!! You need a Broadway powerhouse for that role!!

Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, who originated the role of Princess Fiona in the Broadway musical Shrek, was among our readers' top choice for Elsa, the Snow Queen of Arendelle. The actress, who received Tonys for her performances in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes, will return to Broadway in the spring in Roundabout Theatre Company's Violet. She is currently playing the Café Carlyle through Jan. 24. Read Playbill.com's recap of Foster's recent Carlyle engagement.

Idina Menzel
Steph Hersh: IDINA MENZEL.... DUHHH
Lisa Rangnow: Um... Idina... She's already a Broadway star, and originated Elsa... Why would you pick anyone else?
Elizabeth Goodz Martin: Idina
Faye Aguda Udan: Idina, of course
Jonathan Gaby: Idina for the win
Camila Barboza: Idina, because she's the best!
Olivia Hammock: Definitely Idina Menzel!!!! She is beautiful and would be awesome- plus, how cool would it be to have the voice of Elsa actually playing Elsa on Broadway?!?
@Jessiefallow: Obviously Idina. She's the only one who can sing it the way it should be sung. @idinamenzel #idinarules
@RBhockey16: Idina Menzel, hands down. Or is that too obvious? wink

Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, who will return to Broadway this season in the Tom Kitt-Brian Yorkey musical If/Then — which recently concluded its out-of-town engagement in D.C. — voiced Elsa in the film "Frozen," which features her on the hit song "Let It Go," written by Tony Award winner Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Fans of the film are eager to see her repeat her work when the musical makes its way to the stage. Menzel is a Tony Award winner for her performance as Elphaba in Wicked.

Lindsay Mendez
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Skylar Phillips: Lindsay Mendez!!
Tiffany Pin: Lindsay Mendez!! She would flawlessly pull off Let It Go and can be just as sassy as Elsa...come on she does play the sassy witch on broadway right now!
Kelley Squires: Lindsay Mendez!
Austin Jon Satinsky: Ariana Grande as Anna, and Lindsay Mendez as Elsa
@saraheliya: I vote @LindsayMendez!! She totally has the powerhouse voice for it
@LishaLove1: @LindsayMendez of course.. Although she could do either.. She's simply amazing..

Lindsay Mendez, who currently stars as Elphaba (the role originated by "Frozen" actress Idina Menzel) in the hit musical Wicked, has also been seen on Broadway in Godspell, Everyday Rapture and Grease. The actress received critical praise for her performance as Rose in the Off-Broadway musical Dogfight. Read about her performance at Wicked's tenth anniversary here.

Kendra Kassebaum
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Carlos Iriarte Estrella: Kendra Kassebaum! Her lookalike and her amazing vocals!

Kendra Kassebaum, who was recently seen in Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's re-tooled version of James and the Giant Peach in Seattle, has been seen on Broadway in Leap of Faith, Assassins, Wicked and Rent. Read more about the repolished version of James here.

Annaleigh Ashford
Preven Prev Reddy: Annaleigh Ashford

Annaleigh Ashford, who currently stars as Lauren in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots — receiving her first Tony nomination for her performance — has also been seen on Broadway in Hair, Legally Blonde and Wicked. The actress, who was also seen in the Off-Broadway productions of Rent and Dogfight, recently released a single entitled "Another Time," written by Will Van Dyke.

Taylor Louderman
Jen Sandler: Taylor Louderman

Taylor Louderman made her Broadway debut in last season's Tony Award-nominated Best Musical Bring It On: The Musical. She played cheerleading captain Campbell.

Eden Espinosa
Valerie Caniglia: Eden Espinosa would be an amazing Elsa. She could bring a real rawness to the character....

Eden Espinosa, who originated the title role in Broadway's Brooklyn, has been seen in Wicked and the closing company of Rent.

Megan Hilty
Desmond Thomas: Megan Hilty!!
@Swangela3: Megan Hilty! Who else can do "Let it Go" justice?!?!

Megan Hilty, who starred as Ivy Lynn on the NBC musical drama "Smash," has been seen on Broadway in Wicked and 9 to 5.

Krysta Rodriguez
Judy Muller: Krysta Rodriguez for sure! Her pipes are ridiculous and I believe she will be able to pull Elsa off very well. I feel that Krysta can pull off Elsa's anxious and emotional character. And she would sound amazing singing "Let it Go."
Lindsey Mary Minarchi: Krysta Rodriguez would be an amazing Elsa!!!
@JennRobinson101: Krysta Rodriguez!!!!!!

Krysta Rodriguez, also from the NBC series "Smash," recently concluded a starring turn in the Broadway comedy First Date. She has also been seen on Broadway in The Addams Family, In the Heights, Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line and Good Vibrations.

Betsy Wolfe
Gable Roelofsen: Betsy Wolfe
Ali Schmitz: Betsy Wolfe looks the part and could work wonders with that score.
@beccacnachman: Betsy Wolfe has the perfect voice and look!

Betsy Wolfe, who will be seen in the upcoming Broadway production of Bullets Over Broadway, has also been seen in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Everyday Rapture, 110 in the Shade and the Off-Broadway revival of The Last Five Years.

Laura Osnes
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Jessica Davies: Laura Osnes!!!!!!!
Kimberly Rose Roeten: Idina Menzel, or Laura Osnes!
@MaryJDavis007: Laura Osnes. Anika Larsen #Frozen

Laura Osnes, a two-time Tony Award nominee for her performances in Cinderella and Bonnie & Clyde, has also been seen on Broadway in South Pacific, Anything Goes and Grease, in which she originated the role of Sandy after winning the reality show competition "Grease: You're the One That I Want!"

Demi Lovato
Sheila Balestra: Demi Lovato
Mia Restrepo: Other than Idina herself, Demi Lovato? She sings the pop version rather well.. She has the acting to boot.

Singer-songwriter Demi Lovato, who sings the "Frozen" anthem "Let It Go" on the film's soundtrack, recently released her fourth album "Demi" and rose to fame in the Disney television musical "Camp Rock." The singer is also a Disney Channel favorite and starred on the comedy series "Sonny with a Chance."