Tony Nomination Spotlight – Frozen

Frozen

Frozen

Three 2018 Tony Award Nominations:

Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre.

A Tale of Two Sisters:

A retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen story about a fearless princess who sets off on a journey alongside a rugged iceman, his loyal reindeer, and a naive snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped their kingdom in eternal winter, in a new musical stage adaptation of the hit animated Disney film.

From the Producers:

A family. A secret. An unforgettable journey. This is the timeless tale of two sisters, pulled apart by a mysterious secret. As one young woman struggles to find her voice and harness her powers within, the other embarks on an epic adventure to bring her family together once and for all. Both are searching for love. They just don’t know where to find it.

A Disney Classic Comes to Life:

Walt Disney Productions first began exploring a possible live action/animation biography film of author and poet Hans Christian Andersen sometime in late 1937 before the December premiere of its film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first feature-length hand-drawn animated film ever made. The film was finally realized as a computer-animated feature in 2013. Frozen achieved significant commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time, winning two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Let It Go”), the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, and two Grammy Awards. The stage adaptation first premiered at the Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado in 2017, followed by its Broadway debut in 2018 at the St. James Theatre.

Cast & Creatives:

Tony winner Michael Grandage (Frost/Nixon) directs the stage adaptation, featuring choreography by Tony winner Rob Ashford (Evita). Leading the cast are Caissie Levy and Patti Murin as royal sisters Elsa and Anna, respectively. Among those joining them on stage are Jelani Alladin as Kristoff, John Riddle as Hans, Greg Hildreth as Olaf, and Robert Creighton as Weselton. The film’s co-director and screenwriter Jennifer Lee returns to pen the book, while the Oscar-winning, husband-and-wife songwriting team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez have written a dozen new songs to join the movie’s familiar numbers.

Reviews:

NY1 – “…there is a special magic that only live theatre can produce, and it’s working a charming spell on the Broadway stage…familiar material beautifully honed up close and personal.”

Variety – “[A] warmly human cast…As much as Anna twinkles about the joys of being alive and in love, Frozen belongs to Elsa, who has the heroic stature and tragic flaw of a true heroine.”

New York Magazine – “…powered as it is by gale force blasts of earnest exuberance, a host of solid, sunny performances, and a surfeit of stunning visuals, it confidently throws its fuzzy hat in the ring for a long and lively life on Broadway and, of course, beyond.”

Entertainment Weekly – “Director Grandage refines the tale by putting the focus on the emotion first. Fans of the movie will be pleased…and doubters may just find their hearts thawed.”

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