The pre-Broadway engagement of Disney’s Frozen musical begins performances at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Buell Theatre August 17. Performances will run at the Colorado venue through October 1; the musical will go on to make its Broadway premiere in 2018.
Tony winner Michael Grandage directs the stage adaptation of the Disney’s 2013 Oscar-winning animated hit. Leading the cast are two Broadway alums as Arendelle’s royal sisters: Caissie Levy (Wicked, Hair) as Elsa and Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones) as Anna.
Following the Denver engagement, Frozen will play Broadway’s St. James Theatre (which is currently undergoing renovations) beginning February 22. The show will open officially the following month.
The theatrical adaptation features a score by husband-and-wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez; joining the film’s popular tunes (including the Oscar-winning “Let It Go”) are a number of new songs written specifically for the stage. The movie’s screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee has returned to pen the book; Tony winner Rob Ashford choreographs.
Joining Levy and Murin in the company are Jelani Alladin in his Broadway debut as Kristoff, John Riddle (The Visit) as Hans, Robert Creighton (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cagney) as Weselton, Greg Hildreth (Cinderella) as Olaf, Kevin Del Aguila (Rocky) as Oaken, Timothy Hughes (Chaplin) as Pabbie, and Andrew Pirozzi as Sven. Brooklyn Nelson and Ayla Schwartz will share the role of Young Elsa, while Audrey Bennett and Mattea Conforti will rotate as Young Anna.
Meet the Cast of Broadway-Bound Frozen
Rounding out the cast of 40 are Alicia Albright, Tracee Beazer, Wendi Bergamini, Ashley Blanchet, James Brown III, Claire Camp, Lauren Nicole Chapman, Spencer Clark, Jeremy Davis, Kali Grinder, Ashley Elizabeth Hale, Zach Hess, Donald Jones, Jr., Nina Lafarga, Ross Lekites, Austin Lesch, Synthia Link, Travis Patton, Adam Perry, Jeff Pew, Olivia Phillip, Noah J. Ricketts, Ann Sanders, Jacob Smith, and Nicholas Ward. Alyssa Fox and Aisha Jackson serve as standbys for the roles of Elsa and Anna, respectively.
Frozen features orchestrations by Dave Metzger, sets and costumes by Christopher Oram, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Peter Hylenski, video design by Finn Ross, puppet design by Michael Curry, hair design by David Brian Brown, makeup design by Anne Ford-Coates, and special effects by Jeremy Chernick. Stephen Oremus serves as music supervisor, creating vocal, incidental, and dance arrangements; joining him on the music team are Chris Montan as music consultant and Brian Usifer as music director. Casting is by Telsey + Company.