Disney Theatrical Productions brings its blockbuster animated movie musical to the stage for its pre-Broadway tryout. More…
Based on the 2013 film, 'Frozen' features music and lyrics by the creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez, and a book by Jennifer Lee ('Zootopia,' 'Wreck-It Ralph'). 'Frozen' won 2014 Oscars for Best Song ("Let It Go") and Best Animated Feature.
"In its live rendition of 'Let It Go'...the musical wows adults as much as kids with a brilliant spectacle—as poignant as it is jaw-dropping...Grandage and his production team have made the show crisp and original. We might even say better—or at least satisfyingly different—than the movie, while being faithful to it. The creators have added heft and gravitas without making the story darker or scarier...The excellent Levy finds her perfect complement in Murin." Full Review
"May be one of the very best stage musicals Disney Theatrical has mounted...What surprised me most, though, was the inventiveness and elaborating staging Disney employed here...Grandage stages difficult moments with grace...Murin’s Anna emerges as the real star of the piece...The performances, the staging, the incredible special effects, and the added songs...kind of make you forget this was ever a film...It works beautifully on the stage, and with a few tweaks, it should be something great." Full Review
"A technically polished adaptation...A wondrous family-friendly spectacle...It is every bit the crowd-pleaser it feels calculated to be...'Frozen' seems constructed by algorithm...Lightly preachy, gently scary, timidly bawdy, and tepidly funny...Reworked for the stage nimbly, with fine voices and clever choreography, although the story remains a problem...More derivative and less daring than previous Disney screen-to-stage transfers, 'Frozen' is fun but not transporting." Full Review
"'Let It Go' still delivers and the staging is amazing...Levy kills the song in person and it’s worth the full ticket price by itself...Sven steals every scene he’s in...There are some amazing practical and projector-based effects...The second act is slow. And it’s mostly new songs which aren’t as good as the movie tunes...Missing story elements...Those omissions are weird...They tried to fill some gaps with one of the Hidden Folk serving as a sort of narrator...Show, don’t tell." Full Review
"While not everything works perfectly, the production...is a generally faithful adaptation that appeared to delight the audience...Murin makes Anna her own with classic nuanced stage singing and lots of spark...Levy brings a deft mix of icy imperiousness and girlish yearning to Elsa...Grandage appears to be holding the effects in check...lest they overpower the story...By the time it all wraps up...the issues that need tending to hardly seem to matter." Full Review
"Sometimes charming, sometimes awesome, sometimes lumbering...You become aware of major strains in the adaptation...Anna becomes a more conventional Disney girl...As played, quite well, by Ms. Levy...you cannot help but feel the torture Elsa suffers...It does not comport very well with the comic numbers...The supporting cast is charming, the singing spectacular...'Frozen' is going to have to figure how to make the dark character less of a bore and the light character more compelling." Full Review
"Should be —and could be—a whole lot better....Simply put, 'Frozen' currently puts its focus too much on things that matter less in the theater and not enough on what matters most: the power of myth and the bond between two young women who represent us...The two lead actresses—they’re both well-cast—have forged quite credible characters individually; they have not yet merged as sisters of different stripes, nor does the book or score do what it must to help them." Full Review
See it if You want to engage in a cute show with great songs (and singers),, see amazing sets, cool special effects and have a fun time at the theatre
Don't see it if You disliked the movie, don't like Disney, and want serious "adult" theatre.
See it if You want to see musical that feels like a fairytale come to life.
Don't see it if You're longing for a radical new interpretation of the film. This is innovative but true to the movie you know.
See it if you're a Disney-holic who wants to be enchanted by stunning puppetry and beloved tunes
Don't see it if you cringe at being in a theatre full of pint-sized Elsas and Annas.
See it if You like the movie Frozen, enjoy on-stage spectacle, want a fun enjoyable evening!
Don't see it if You expect an exact replication of the movie on stage including all the magic.
See it if you are a seven year old girl who is relatively unsophisticated--or if you have memorized the Disney cartoon from start to finish.
Don't see it if you are hoping for dazzling creativity, amazing special effects (rather pedestrian), or new songs to rival "Let It Go". Not the best Disney.
See it if want to be blown away by the singing. The new songs are awesome, although they need a few lyric tweaks.
Don't see it if you expect Broadway quality sets and staging. This was definitely used as a 'lets try this and save the big stuff for NY' production.
See it if You (or loved ones) love Frozen. You want to see the savvy, craftul evolution of a fun piece from animation to theme park show to Broadway.
Don't see it if you expect massive departures from the film's source material. Some nice new songs, but mostly played it safe in translating to the stage.
See it if You exist. The play isn’t centered around “let it go” like the movie was, which magnified the story. Fantastic propsa- I want to see it agai
Don't see it if I really can’t explain who shouldn’t see it
See it if You enjoyed the movie and wonder how they will turn a stage into an ice castle!
Don't see it if You didn't like the movie. Oh, and if you're uptight about a bunch of kids moving around the entire time.
See it if You liked the movie and Disney musicals.
Don't see it if You do not want to see a longer version of the movie and will miss seeing trolls. Hidden folk with tails take the place of the cute trolls.
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