'Frozen' Stage Musical Recruits Film's Co-Director, Songwriting Duo

Elsa Frozen - H 2014
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Elsa Frozen - H 2014

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez will expand the production with new songs, while Jennifer Lee will pen the show's book.

It sounds like a few more Frozen songs are in the works.

The hit film's songwriting duo, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, will be working on songs for its stage version, Disney announced Friday. Jennifer Lee, the film's co-director and screenwriter, will pen the book.

"As has already been announced, Disney Theatrical is working on a stage adaptation of the animated film Frozen," said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions, in a statement. "It will come as no surprise that the EGOT-winning Broadway veteran Robert Lopez and the Oscar- and Grammy-winning Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote the indelible songs for the film, will be working on the show and that Oscar-winner Jennifer Lee, co-director and screenwriter of the film, will be working on the book of the stage version. No other staffing or dates have been announced."

Disney's theatrical branch sent out the statement on Friday morning, following the Daily Mail's report, which also speculated that Alex Timbers (Here Lies Love, Peter and the Starcatcher) will helm the production, eyeing a 2017 debut. A rep for Disney noted to The Hollywood Reporter that such reports for the show's director and debut date are not confirmed.

Schumacher told THR back in October of the stage project. "Before the movie came out and the hubbub began, we had a midnight screening with about five people from this office. I came out at 1:30 in the morning, and I texted John Lasseter and said, 'When do we start?' Within about 60 seconds, my phone rings, and it's John screaming because he's always wanted to try something onstage. There's something purely theatrical about the relationship between these two women [characters, Elsa and Anna]. You can see it. My job is to corral the writers of the movie. I'm already talking to directors, and I have a design concept, and we have to begin to fashion this idea. It doesn't need to be fast. It needs to be great."

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