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Breaking News: Patti Murin Will Join Betsy Wolfe in Disney's FROZEN Developmental Lab

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Disney's Broadway-bound FROZEN has officially found its Anna for this week's developmental lab!

The New York Post reports that Broadway veteran Patti Murin will take on the role originally played by Kristin Bell in the hit animated film. Murin joins the previously announced Betsy Wolfe as Elsa.

Beginning next summer, the musical, to be directed by Alex Timbers, will play an out-of-town tryout in Denver ahead of an official Broadway bow at the St. James Theatre in spring 2018.

Rehearsals for the musical's developmental lab began Monday; Disney has yet to make an official casting announcement regarding FROZEN's Denver run or future productions.

FROZEN features music and lyrics by creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit, Up Here) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here) and a book by Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph), the film's screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck). Frozen won 2014 Oscars® for Best Song ("Let It Go") and Best Animated Feature.

The design team for Frozen includes scenic and costume design by seven-time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins, The Coast of Utopia, An American in Paris), lighting design by five-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Aladdin, An American in Paris, The Glass Menagerie) and sound design by four-time Tony nominee Peter Hylenski (The Scottsboro Boys, Motown, After Midnight).

Two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus (Avenue Q, Wicked, The Book of Mormon) is music supervisor and creates vocal and incidental arrangements.

Murin's theatre credits include Broadway/National Tour: "Lysistrata Jones" (Lysistrata Jones), "Wicked" (Galinda), "Xanadu" (Euterpe). Almost Broadway: "Nerds!" (Sally). Other NY Theatre: "Love's Labour's Lost" (Princess, Shakespeare in the Park), "Fly By Night" (Daphne, Playwrights Horizons), "Lady, Be Good!" (Susie, Encores!). Other favorite credits: "Emma" (Emma, Old Globe Theatre), "The Little Mermaid" (Ariel, The MUNY), "Chicago" (Roxie, The MUNY). TV: Recurring on "Chicago Med" and "Royal Pains", "Untitled Louis CK Pilot" (CBS). BFA Syracuse University.

Check out performances by Murin below!


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