Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Headed to Broadway
Disney’s Aladdin hasn’t even opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre yet and the entertainment giant is already planning its next presentation for Broadway. The studio’s Frozen, which just won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature, is in the works for a stage version, Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger told Fortune magazine. This should come as no surprise since the film has grossed over $669 million so far and is well on its way to surpassing The Lion King as Disney’s biggest money-making picture ever.
No names or dates have been announced, but the film already has a sterling Broadway pedigree. Robert Lopez, co-creator of The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q, and his wife Kristen-Anderson Lopez (Off-Broadway’s In Transit) wrote the score while Tony winner Idina Menzel (Wicked, the upcoming If/Then), Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening), Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon), and Santino Fontana (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella) provide the voices. The Lopezes have also written the songs for the Disney Parks stage version of Finding Nemo.
Loosely based on Hans Christen Anderson’s The Snow Queen, the film focuses on a fearless princess seeking to find her sister in a kingdom of eternal winter. Along the way, she gets helps from a handsome mountain man, his pet reindeer, and a magical talking snowman.
This will be the ninth musical Disney will have brought to Broadway. The others include Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aida, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Newsies, and the upcoming Aladdin.