Frozen Headed to Broadway!

jbroadway4
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Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 12:56pm
YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here is my dream cast:
Elsa: Kerry Ellis or Lena Hall
Anna: Elle McLemore or Laura Osnes
TheatreKid3
Broadway Star
joined:3/25/12
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 01:18pm
By far the quickest Broadway green light in Disney history. The film has only been out about a month an a half! FROZEN could quite possibly become the most successful Disney title yet.

Updated On: 1/13/14 at 01:18 PM
Liza's Headband
Broadway Legend
joined:5/28/13
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 01:26pm
This is incredibly misleading. Bob Iger has stated that he has a desire to get FROZEN on Broadway. It doesn't mean it will happen. A lot of this depends on Disney Theatrical's development and how that goes. Calm down. All of you.
TheatreKid3
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Posted: 1/13/14 at 01:45pm
Another article from Fortune say that Disney Theatricals has also confirmed that a musical adaptation of FROZEN is in the early stages of development, so it's more legit than you think. I think they've had this planned longer than we think.
Liza's Headband
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Posted: 1/13/14 at 01:48pm
I didn't say it wasn't "legit." I said they have publicly expressed the desire. Whether or not DTG is already working on it or not is irrelevant. They went through this whole hoopla with both Hunchback and Aladdin back in the day. One never panned out, and the other took decades to figure out. It's easy to forget that.
Starship
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joined:7/29/12
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 02:09pm

Updated On: 1/13/14 at 02:09 PM
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 02:26pm
I must play Olaf. The End.
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Starship
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joined:7/29/12
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 02:56pm
Out of curiosity, what is the timeline like for projects like this? (i.e. developmental periods, casting, etc.) I do realize that Frozen might not ever make it out of the concept stages, but if it did, what would the timeline look like?
Liza's Headband
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Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 03:20pm
Someone who more closely follows the DTG projects could answer better, but I can tell you there is no "typical" timeline in the world of creative development. Even for Disney. There are just too many variables at play; not to mention the human factor.

Think of THE LION KING, for example. The film was released in 1994 and then had its official tryout production in Minneapolis by 1997. That is three years. Then you look at something like ALADDIN. The movie was released 1992 and the official Broadway production will not open until next month. Three years versus twenty years. A very extreme but pertinent example.
justincharacter
Broadway Star
joined:6/11/13
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 03:59pm
Quick! Call up Kristen, Idina, Jonathan, Josh, and Santino and offer them their roles again!

...and Laura, if Kristen isn't up for it.
Updated On: 1/13/14 at 03:59 PM
Broadway Star
joined:12/31/69
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 04:02pm
Just because it isn't opening this year or even next year doesn't mean people can't be excited. Everyone has been talking about FROZEN's stage possibilities since it came out, and it's very rare that Disney makes any sort of statement about stage adaptions so soon after releasing a movie, at least not in recent years.

I for one am very excited, although I'm still dying to see what they do with HUNCHBACK.
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 04:29pm
DTG needs to stop.
"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
Liza's Headband
Broadway Legend
joined:5/28/13
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 04:38pm
Did I ever say you can't be excited? I think it's great for all of those who are (clearly) obsessed with this movie. I just want to remind people that while this announcement might seem unprecedented, there are several other major Disney titles that either never panned out or took decades to develop; not a year or two as you imply.
BwayTday
Broadway Legend
joined:6/2/09
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 04:41pm
Yes! Have Idina play a 21 year! That works perfectly!

Maybe they'll be able to nail down the character development in a stage version (and get rid of the Snowman monster and rock trolls if we're lucky).
justincharacter
Broadway Star
joined:6/11/13
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 04:43pm
Good point. I actually did not think about that. Meh, I'd rather see someone else.
disneybroadwayfan22
Broadway Legend
joined:2/10/13
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 05:52pm
The Broadway musical for Frozen's time frame is just like Lion King and Beauty and the Beast's.

-Beauty and the Beast-Movie: 1991, Broadway: 1994
-Lion King, 1994, Broadway, 1997
-And now, Frozen: 2013, Broadway: 2016????

So, not surprised. And beyond thrilled. And I hope they, AT LEAST, have Josh Gad back for the show. (I think he will, he is so proud of the movie.)

Broadway Shows: Phantom of the Opera (January 2011), Mary Poppins (January 2011), Anything Goes (August 2011, W/ Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, and Laura Osnes), The Lion King (August 2011), Godspell (June 2012, W/ Corbin Bleu), Matilda the Musical (Original Broadway Cast, May 2013), Newsies (May 2013), Cinderella (W/ Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher, May 2014), and Aladdin (OBC, May 2014). Pre-Broadway: If/Then (November 2013/World Premiere, W/ Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp). National Tours: Wicked (October 2012), Beauty & the Beast (January 2013), & Jersey Boys (November 2013)

Met Idina Menzel & Sierra Boggess (November 2013)
JohnyBroadway
Broadway Legend
joined:4/10/12
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 06:02pm
It only took BATB and Lion King three years to reach the stage after it's original release. I imagine the same for Frozen. Lindsay Mendez for Elsa.
Jon
Broadway Legend
joined:2/20/04
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 06:03pm
If the trolls stay in the story, I assume they'd be some kind of puppets.
MaddieBB12
Broadway Star
joined:11/1/12
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 06:18pm
Sven, the reindeer, could easily been done the same way they did the horses in 'War Horse', but Olaf might be a little harder, especially if they plan to do him to scale. Kristoff, I read somewhere, stands as 6'4, while Olaf stands at about 3 feet tall. But as we saw this BATB (all the enchanted objects were human sized), they might make him taller.
yankeefan7
Broadway Legend
joined:4/14/12
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 06:33pm
The movie is visually beautiful and would love to know how they could translate that on to a stage.
Liza's Headband
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joined:5/28/13
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 06:45pm
Just like how they do everything else these days... Digital Projections.
OperaBwayLover
Broadway Star
joined:5/17/07
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 06:57pm
Looking forward to this when it happens. They certainly have enough material, going by the songs were in the movie/outtakes/demos.
jbroadway4
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Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 07:02pm
For Olaf, I was thinking he can be done the way Timon from "The Lion King" is. Sven can be done, like you said, like the horses in "War Horse".
JohnyBroadway
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Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 07:04pm
Sven could also be similar to Pumba.
Jonwo
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joined:3/16/06
Frozen Headed to Broadway!
Posted: 1/13/14 at 07:05pm
Sven I imagine would be cut, animals that don't talk seem to cut from Disney stage musicals, Olaf I think you could do either as a puppet or as a human in an elaborate costume. I've been thinking how they could Let it Go and I think a mixture of revolving sets and quick change for when Elsa transforms her dress.

2016 is the earliest I think Frozen could be ready and it may not go to Broadway, Disney premiered Hunchback in Berlin and Mary Poppins in London so its possible Disney could premiere it in London then move to Broadway although I think Broadway first is more likely,

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