The Frozen stage musical has taken a giant step forward, with confirmation of its director and writers.
Alex Timbers, described as ‘red-hot’ by EW, has been enlisted to direct the stage version of the 2013 smash, Disney’s biggest ever film. EW also detail that Timber has a history of staging tricky shows very successfully, which bodes well for Frozen, given that Olaf, Sven, the Trolls and Marshmallow will all need to be brought life somehow.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Disney needs its show to be in safe hands, and to this end it has asked song writing duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez to write the entire score, and director and screenplay writer of the film, Jennifer Lee, to adapt the book for the stage.
The Daily Mail also report that the Lopez’s have been asked to pen at least two new original songs for the show, which makes sense given that Frozen actually has very few songs in it and in fact there is not one more song after the Trolls “Fixer-upper,” which comes about half way through.
Frozen is strongly tipped to arrive on Broadway in 2017, a remarkable tine scale considering all that will be involved. I will be very interested to see the casting, given that we know that Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell won’t be involved.
Despite the obvious staging difficulties, I really think Frozen will work exceptionally well on Broadway, and will easily match the success of Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. I am more than happy to hear the Lopez’s and Lee will have such a large hand in the proceedings. One thing is for sure; as soon as those ticket lines open, I’m there.
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