No Olaf? Josh Gad Says Broadway FROZEN Unlikely for Him
In a new interview with USA Today, Broadway vet Josh Gad tells the paper that it's unlikely that he'll reprise his character of Olaf fro Disney's mega-hit FROZEN when it hits the Great White Way.
"I think I have a busy enough slate ahead of me without considering the ramifications of putting a snowman outfit on and traipsing across a Broadway stage. At this time, I don't necessarily have an expectation that I will be playing Olaf on Broadway. " "That's not to say the door is absolutely closed," he adds. "But there's so much in front of me right now."
In previous interviews, Idina Menzel has noted that she could be up for reprising her role, but that the show would unlikely happen while she was still age appropriate to do so. Fellow castmate Jonathan Groff has also said he wouldn't be likely to join a stage production either, as he feels he's not 'as hot' as his cartoon character. No timetable has been announced for a stage production by Disney.
Josh Gad will next be seen in the role of stand-up comic Sam Kinison in Kinison, a biopic that will be helmed by Larry Charles and produced by David Permut from a script by Rich Wilkes. He starred, co-created and executive produced the 2012 NBC comedy series 1600 Penn and has appeared on Broadway in 'Book of Mormon', for which he received a Tony nomination and '25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.' He recently voiced Snowman Olaf in Disney's animated hit, Frozen.
"Frozen" won two Oscars for best animated feature and original song for "Let It Go." It is the highest-grossing animated film of all time, surpassing "Toy Story 3" in late March.
When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
The film was directed by Chris Buck ("Tarzan," "Surf's Up") and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, "Wreck-It Ralph"), and produced by Peter Del Vecho ("Winnie the Pooh," "The Princess and the Frog"). The film featured music from Tony®-winner Robert Lopez ("The Book of Mormon," "Avenue Q") and Kristen Anderson-Lopez ("In Transit"),