Around the same time that Ohio University officially started its Spring Semester, a glorious announcement was made: Disney confirmed that “Frozen” is in the process of being transformed into a Broadway musical. Yes, the Golden Globe-winning hit will follow its previous Disney-gone-Broadway successors such as “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast” to the stage.
This is tremendous news for “Frozen” fanatics and Broadway babes alike, but honestly, it’s not surprising in the slightest. Seriously, did anyone else watch “Frozen” the first time and think, “How is this not on Broadway?” Sure, Disney was responsible for making the movie happen, but it’s hardly a true Disney film. The music is unlike most Disney scores, and just screams for trained Broadway professionals to be singing those notes, which actually happened. If anyone is familiar with “Wicked,” (and you better be), they know Queen Elsa was voiced by Idina Menzel, the original Elphaba.
Not only that, but most of the main characters were voiced by other Broadway actors, such as Jonathan Groff (the original Melchior Gabor in “Spring Awakening”), Santino Fontana (“Billy Elliot,” “The Importance of Being Earnest”) and Josh Gad, who starred in the original Broadway production of “The Book of Mormon.” To prove this point even further, the songs for the movie were written by musical power couple Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
To put things in perspective, this Disney movie was never really a Disney movie. From its conception, it was meant for the stage, and thank the stars that it’s actually going there. The musical is currently in early stage development, which leaves excited fans plenty of time to conjure up their dream casts and potential new songs. Hell, it wouldn’t be surprising if some dedicated fans are choreographing stage placement and dances that would work well in the musical during their free time.
As for other dream visions, costumes will be nothing short of dazzling, the set undoubtedly will be jaw-dropping and it’s highly likely that fantastic new songs will be added to the show. Perhaps they will even include some of the seven deleted songs that didn’t make it into the movie? These tracks include “We Know Better,” “Spring Pageant,” “More Than Just The Spare,” “You’re You,” “Life’s Too Short,” “Life’s Too Short Reprise” and “Reindeer Remix.” As long as Kristoff sings more, we’ll be happy.
It’s all speculation at this point, with probably months before we hear anything else about the musical’s development. While the anticipation is clearly going to eat away at fans, rest assured that no one was crazy when they were internally screaming (or externally, depending on how many people were in the theater at the time) at the big screen that this movie needs to be on stage.
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