Ever since Frozen exploded into movie theatres and the hearts of children all over the world in 2003, there has been talk of it being the next Disney movie to make the move to Great White Way. Rumours of a possible adaptations have been flying around for a while, and Idina Menzel, who played Elsa in the movie has said that she would be open to reprising the role on stage.
Last night Disney confirmed that Frozen will be joining Aladdin and The Lion King on Broadway in 2018, with an out of town preview run in 2017. The project will be directed by Alex Timbers (Rocky, Here Lies Love), and will of course feature music and lyrics from Oscar winning team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Jennifer Lee, who wrote the movie screenplay, will be writing the script for the musical. It is not yet known whether the new stage adaptation will contain any new songs, however it would not be a shock if new songs were added. Tony winning choreographer Peter Darling (Billy Elliot) will help bring the story to life.
As yet there is no word on who star in the musical however with the movie starring such Broadway stalwarts as Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, and of course Menzel; it would be feasible that at least one of these stars could reprise their roles. I would personally love to see Groff reprise Kristoff and perhaps the Lopez’s could give the reindeer handler an extra song.
There is no doubt that Disney have a proven track record with bringing their movies to life of stage, and the assembled creative team certainly seems strong; and with Lee and the Lopez’s returning to the project it shows that Disney are certainly wanting to ensure that none of the features that made Frozen so popular are lost when it hits Broadway in 2018.