BWW Review: FROZEN on Ice

BWW Review: FROZEN on Ice

The fame of the phenomenon-hit film "Frozen" has already landed it Broadway and theme park versions in the works. But there was one venue for which the popular musical was more than meant. Given its lead female's "cool" powers, it was only a matter of time before Elsa, Anna, and all their friends received their own Disney on Ice show. In usual Disney style, "Frozen" fills the arena with magical special effects and animated storytelling.

A team of energetic skaters joins Mickey and Minnie for a warm-up routine, teaching kids in the audience a fun "snowman" dance and introducing various classic Disney characters. Wednesday's audience cheered for favorite princesses, while "Frozen's" catchy music encouraged even more-than-usual sing-along participants. Olaf the snowman, Sven the reindeer and others waved at children and even gave a few to throw snowballs at snow monster Marshmallow. Adults had their share of enchantment with backflips, spirals and coordinated ice dance. Fireworks, projections, bubbles and extravagant lighting created the illusion of ice castles and blizzards. The skaters, themselves, displayed engaging facial expressions and choreography, recreating the story of Elsa the snow queen.

Elsa has come of age, but has no control over her icy powers. When she runs away, her younger sister, Anna, must find her and help her save the kingdom from eternal winter. Along the way, Anna meets Prince Hans, Kristoff the iceman, and a rambunctious group of trolls. The musical's finale teaches that true love means more than a romantic kiss. Olaf sings about his love for summer, bringing in some lovely butterflies and pigeons for a grand routine. Other favorite songs include the obvious "Let it Go," "Love is an Open Door," and "Do You Want to Build A Snowman." Writers have made clever cuts and additions to the script for time (the show lasts just under two hours with intermission), as well as opportunities to highlight choreography. Most of the original voice cast, including Broadway superstar Idina Menzel, also remain. "Frozen on Ice" is a fantasy of epic proportion for those with the imagination and spirit to make it so.

Disney on Ice is currently in Stockton, CA. It next visits Sacramento, San Jose and Oakland. Learn more at http://www.disneyonice.com/.




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