Disney’s ‘Frozen’–A Possible Broadway Hit?

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Yesterday(December 29), I went to go see the new Disney movie ‘Frozen‘ with my family. I had very high expectations for that movie, mainly because it featured some of Broadway’s biggest stars such as Idina Menzel, who is widely known as the Wicked Witch of the West, or Elphaba in the Tony Award wining musical ‘Wicked‘. ‘Spring Awakening‘ star Jonathan Groff, and the hilarious ‘The Book of Mormon‘ co-star Josh Gad were also featured in this film.

If for some reason you live under a rock and have not heard of this wonderful movie yet, it is basically a spinoff off the untold story of The Snow Queen. Elsa is a girl cursed with cryokinetic powers that she cannot control very well. Not to spoil too much for you, but Elsa’s sister, Anna, has all memories of her sister’s powers erased because of an accident that happened in their childhood. Fast forward a few years, Elsa becomes the Queen of Arendelle, Anna makes Elsa mad because Anna was being a hot mess, Elsa accidentally reveals her powers to the town, accidentally unleashes an eternal winter in the town, and then runs away. The majority of the movie is about the adventure Anna goes on to find her runaway sister and all of the amazing people she meets along the way.

ImageI have to say that this movie did not disappoint me at all. My favorite thing about the movie was score. Christophe Beck slayed with his beautiful power ballads such as “Let It Go”, sung by Idina Menzel and some of the more comical songs like “In Summer” were also very good. The graphics were very detailed and pristine, which is something I always look for in an animated film.

My question is–why is Frozen not on Broadway? It has the potential to be one America’s most beloved shows, just like ‘The Phantom of the Opera‘, ‘The Fantasticks‘, and ‘Wicked‘. Idina would absolutely SLAY as Elsa, and Kristen Bell, who plays Anna in the movie would make a great Anna on Broadway. Someone else who would make an amazing Anna in the Broadway version would be Anna Kendrick. She looks the part, and I know she is very capable of fulfilling that role. If ‘Frozen‘ ever does become a Broadway musical, Josh Gad is a must-have in that show as Olaf. He killed that role! He also did an amazing job as Elder Cunningham in the Tony Award-winning musical ‘The Book of Mormon‘. The cast from the movie was so fabulous that I really would not want to change it, except for maybe one character. If they add more songs into the musical and give the antagonist, Prince Hans, a solo or two, I would DEFINITELY cast Aaron Tveit!!! He is absolutely perfect for that role!

Ok, feedback time: if a Frozen on Broadway were to be made, who do you think should be cast in it? Have you seen the movie? If so, did you like it? If you haven’t, then you’re lame and you need to see it now! Either leave me feedback in the comments section or tweet me @sweetertheatre and you may follow both that account and my personal account @boomboxxchica! Thanks a bunch, and be sure to tell your other theatre friends and troupe-mates to follow me!


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