The beloved Disney movie that stole the hearts of millions of fans worldwide is now brought to life on Broadway, in a musical that will leave you breathless. Although named “Frozen”, this is no cold, nor boring show, being called “the hottest show on Broadway” by Vanity Fair. After a smashing successful run in Detroit, the musical is now in previews in New York and has already taken the role as one of the best musicals of the year. Follow along for a story about love, in which two sisters that get pulled apart because of a mysterious secret are trying to find the meaning of life and everything, but just can’t phantom on where to find that, and eventually get to find each other after all. You can find the best tickets to “Frozen – The Musical” in this article, along with the story of the show and everything you need to know about this Disney sensation!
Frozen on Broadway is Exciting
If you thought about seeing Frozen in the theater, now is the time time.
A narrator introduces the audience to a scene where young princess Elsa and her younger sister Anna play together in their room in the palace of Arendelle. It’s summertime and the weather is gorgeous, but that’s about to change pretty soon. The two build Olaf, a magical snowman one night after bedtime, and Anna gets so excited that she’s accidentally hurt by Elsa and her magical powers. The Grand Pabbie is called to cure Anna, but when it comes to Elsa, the wise wizard can’t do anything about it, as her magic is part of herself.
Ten years later, at Elsa’s ceremonial coronation as the new Queen of Arendelle, the two sisters met again, after being separated by their parents after the incident at the castle. Anna falls in love with Prince Hans, but Elsa disagrees with the bond and the two have a fight after which Elsa unleashes her powers in front of everyone, being categorized as a monster.
The whole town of Arendelle is turned into a never ending winter nightmare, and it is up to Elsa and Anna to try and put their differences aside and make things right while saving not only their kingdom but also their own lives and the lives of the people they love.
Past, Present, Future
Back in 2014, the CEO of Disney was the first who brought up the idea for a theatrical adaptation of the 2013 smash hit animated film. It took one more year until the officials at Disney confirmed that the songwriters were actually working on the adaptation, while Jenifer Lee was writing the book for the play. By the end of 2016, Disney announced that “Frozen – The Musical” will premiere on Broadway in the first quarter of 2018. Alex Timbers was named as director, with Peter Darling as the lead choreographer and Stephen Oremus responsible for music supervision.
The pre-Broadway tryout for the musical ran for a month and a half at the “Buell Theatre” in Denver, Colorado, with Caissie Levy as Elsa and Patti Murin as Anna. The official debut on Broadway happened on the 22nd of February, 2018 with the first preview night. The official opening night is set for March 22nd, at the legendary “St. James Theater”. Current cast is composed off of the same team as for the Denver production, including Jelani Alladin as Kristoff, Greg Hildreth as Olaf and John Riddle as Hans. Director is Michael Grandage, and the choreography is handled by talented Rob Ashford.
About the director
At 56 years of age, Michael Grandage is the recipient of a bunch of Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, Evening Standard, South Bank and British Critics’ Circle Awards. He’s won an Olivier for “Merrily We Roll Along”, “Guys and Dolls” and “Grand Hotel”. He also won a Tony Award for “Best Direction” for “Red” and was nominated for “Frost/Nixon” and “The Cripple of Inishmaan”. For 10 years, from 2002 until 2012 he was the artistic director of the “Donmar Warehouse” in London. Michael also has a background in opera, in which he debuted in 2010 at “Glyndebourne” with a production of “Billy Budd”.
For the best tickets to “Frozen – The Musical” you can go to the official website of the show at www.frozenthemusical.com. There’s also an official schedule of the performances on the site, with seat availability updated in real time. Ticket prices start from $89 at the Balcony, $119 for an Orchestra seat and can go up and above $199 for a premium seat. Performances are set for every day of the week but for Mondays. There are two curtains on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 and 8:00 PM and one for the rest of the week at 3 or 8:00 PM. Be sure to check out places like SeatGeek and StubHub for price comparison.
Facts about “Frozen – The Musical”
- Kristen Bell, the voice of Anna in the original animated film worked as a cashier at a TCBY frozen yoghurt store back in high school;
- To get inspiration for the design of the sets, the team visited several ice hotels around the world, including Hotel De Glace in Québec, where there’s a Frozen themed suite that you can book;
- Because of the high demand between February and July some balcony seats at the back of the St. James Theatre are up for resale for almost $10,000 for the March 22nd official opening.