Disney's 'Frozen' Musical to Thaw on Broadway in Spring 2018
Alex Timbers will direct the show, which reunites the writing team from the Oscar-winning movie, and will first be seen in a pre-Broadway tryout run in summer 2017.
Good news for Frozen fans shivering with anticipation for the Broadway musical: A timeline has been set.
Disney Theatrical Productions on Tuesday announced over its @FrozenBroadway Twitter feed that the show will open in New York in spring 2018, joining stablemates Aladdin and The Lion King.
As previously announced, the stage musical will reunite the core creative team behind the smash 2013 movie, including writer Jennifer Lee (who also co-directed the screen version) and composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who won the 2014 Academy Award for best original song for "Let It Go." The film also won the Oscar for best animated feature.
Staging the production will be Alex Timbers, who previously helped shape a Disney property into a theatrical vehicle as co-director of Peter and the Starcatcher. Known for his highly kinetic physical productions, Timbers' Broadway directing credits also include Rocky, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Pee-wee Herman Show, as well as the off-Broadway hit Here Lies Love. He is a writer and producer on the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle.
Choreography on the Frozen musical will be by Peter Darling, a Tony winner for Billy Elliot, currently represented on Broadway with Matilda. Set and costume designer Bob Crowley has a long history with Disney Theatrical, having previously collaborated on Aida, Tarzan, Mary Poppins and Aladdin. Likewise lighting designer Natasha Katz, who worked on Aida, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Crowley and Katz won the most recent of their multiple Tony Awards last year for An American in Paris.
Sound design is by Peter Hylenski, with music supervision and vocal arrangements by two-time Tony winner Stephen Oremus (Wicked, The Book of Mormon).
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, Frozen follows a princess who sets off across an icy landscape to find her estranged sister, whose powers have locked the kingdom in eternal winter. The film is the highest-grossing animated feature in history, earning close to $1.3 billion worldwide, including more than $400 million domestic.
Disney's current Broadway shows consistently rank in the top five in weekly box office. The Lion King, which next year marks its 20th anniversary on Broadway, has grossed over $1.2 billion to date in New York alone. The more recent addition, Aladdin, has taken in $148.5 million since its spring 2014 opening. With its massive global brand recognition, beloved fairy-tale story and popular songs, Frozen has the potential to become another stage juggernaut.
Prior to reaching Broadway, the Frozen musical will have an out-of-town tryout at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017. Casting has not yet been set.
Feb. 11, 5:10 p.m. Update with pre-Broadway information.