Disney’s Broadway musical version of the wildly popular 2013 animated film Frozen will have its Australian premiere season in 2020. The musical will open at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in July next year.
Caissie Levy as Elsa in Frozen on Broadway. Photo © Deen van Meer
The film, a reworking of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, enchanted audiences with its heart-warming tale of two sisters and a score by Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Up Here, Winnie the Pooh, In Transit) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon and Up Here), featuring the hit song Let it Go. Anderson-Lopez and Lopez have also done the music and lyrics for the musical, expanding and adapting the film score, while the book is by the film’s screenwriter and director Jennifer Lee (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph) and Chris Buck. The musical is directed by Michael Grandage with choreography by Rob Ashford.
Frozen opened on Broadway in March last year, breaking four house records at St. James Theatre, and garnering a wide spectrum of reviews ranging from brutal to laudatory. The New York Times called it “sometimes rousing, often dull, alternately dopey and anguished” while The Telegraph’s four star review said “Frozen will most likely burn up Broadway for years to come.”
Limelight’s Editor at Large in New York Clive Paget was impressed, giving the musical four and a half stars. “Disney sails a steady course where humanity succeeds over mere effect and good old-fashioned theatricality triumphs over any temptation to overdo the technology,” he wrote. “Frozen, the Broadway Musical, I can happily say, is worth every penny of its ticket price.”
The show is still running on Broadway, where it is among the 10 best-selling shows each week. Australia will be the first international production.