Disney’s 2013 animated film Frozenis the highest selling animated film of all time, capturing the hearts of children the world over with its sweet story about sisterhood, loneliness, love, and finding your place in the world. Little girls clamoured to dress up as Elsa and Anna when the film was released (and still do), while the central song, Elsa’s anthem Let It Go, became so ubiquitous that some parents prayed they’d never hear it again.
It’s a charming, magical film with some dazzling special effects. But in its transfer to the stage, some of the Disney magic has been lost. In fact, it’s not until the end of Act I when Elsa creates her ice palace and launches into Let It Goagainst shimmering curtains of sparkling crystals that the magic really swirls.
Jemma Rix as Elsa. Photograph © Lisa Tomasetti
The stage musical, which premiered on Broadway in 2018 and arrives here in a touring production, features an enhanced book by Jennifer Lee, and a dozen new songs by husband and wife team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who wrote the...