'Frozen': Behind the Scenes of Disney's Broadway-Bound Musical

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'Frozen'

The stage adaptation of the hit animated movie debuts in Denver.

Disney has released a behind-the-scenes look at its Broadway musical adaptation of Frozen — in summer!

The video features interviews with the creative team behind the new show and footage from inside the rehearsal room. It previews how the production expands upon and deepens the plot and themes of the hit 2013 movie. In fact, the production — with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, expanded from their film score; and a book by Jennifer Lee, who wrote and co-directed the movie — includes more than twice as much music as the film.

Frozen stars Caissie Levy as Elsa, whose uncontrollable icy powers trap the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter, while Patti Murin plays Anna, who undertakes an epic journey to find her troubled sister and reverse the magic. Michael Grandage is directing the adaptation, featuring Rob Ashford as choreographer. The show premieres in a tryout engagement at the Buell Theater in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, running Aug. 17 through Oct. 1, ahead of its Broadway bow in spring 2018 at the St. James Theatre. It is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, the movie was released in 2013 and became the top-grossing animated feature of all time, with a worldwide box office of close to $1.3 billion. The film spawned a smash hit in the Oscar-winning song, "Let It Go." It also won the 2014 Academy Award for best animated film.

The highly anticipated stage version will join two other Disney properties on Broadway — The Lion King, the New York grosses for which currently are at $1.35 billion after a phenomenal 20-year run; and relative newcomer Aladdin, which opened in 2014 and has grossed $242 million to date.

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