When Frozen was released a few short years ago, Disney found itself with a stone-cold (no pun intended) cultural juggernaut. The film was met with enthusiasm by critics and audiences alike, becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time and earning two Academy Awards. What makes these feats even more impressive is the fact that Frozen is an original film from the House of Mouse. Of course, Disney will be sure to extend that original idea as far as it can go. First came the short film that was attached to last year’s Cinderella, and next (while we wait for the sequel to arrive) will be the Broadway show.
Variety shares the news that the musical adaptation hopes to open in spring 2018. Before this official debut, there will be an “out-of-town trying.” The musical will reunite the original film’s creative team of songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon), and Jennifer Lee, the screenwriter and co-director, who will pen the book that will accompany the musical.
Not surprisingly, Disney has brought on an impressive group to accompany this creative team. They include the Broadway choreography team of Bob Crowley and Natasha Katz (Aladdin), as well as Tony-winner choreographer Peter Darling (Billy Elliot). Sound design will be overseen by Peter Hylenski (The Scottsboro Boys), with Stephen Oremus serving as music supervisor.
Disney has found success in adapting previous films for the stage, including Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, with the latter not only being the top-grossing stage musical of all time, but also the top-grossing title in any medium, with $6.2 billion in sales. It’s safe to say that Frozen will join them in such success, perhaps even giving The Lion King a run (stampede?) for its money.