An Editorial on Frozen the Musical
Opening up to the public on August 17th, 2017, Frozen the musical instantly became a hit just like the movie it was based on. Written by Jennifer Lee and music by academy award winners, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, this show had everything going for them. Nominated for three Tony awards, including best musical, best book, and best original score, the critics seemingly loved the show.
Unfortunately, Frozen did not win any Tony awards that night, but still touched many hearts across the nation. According to Broadway World, Frozen achieved a box office record for the St. James Theatre. In the week of April 8th, the production grossed over $2,275,000 for over eight performances.
Audiences had many preconceived notions about the show for example, the audience would be constructed of only little kids, the story and the song would be exactly the same as the movie, and that the Broadway show could not capture the movies magic. I can tell you right now that all of those accusations were false. Disney’s research shows that 70% of the audience is adults without any small children. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez wrote twenty-three new songs for the show, and the plotline for the movie is a bit changed from the broadway show. The magic that they incorporated in the show is unreal.
With new songs like Monster, A Little bit of you, and Dangerous to Dream, adds a whole new spice to the show that has never been seen before. Movie favorites are also in the show. With Love is an Open Door, Do You Want to Build a Snowman, and of course Let it Go, these oldies add the passion and the heart to the Broadway show.
Sophomore Ella Lau says, “The new songs from the musical add a new sense of magic to the show/movie franchise that I would've never imagined.”
When I went to the show in September, I walked in their thinking it would be a little kid wonderland, I was completely wrong. I saw as many adults there as there werelittle kids. It was also very cold in the theater, which added to the Arendelle feel. Disney has also transformed the otherwise dull theater and made it into a winter wonderland with subtle Frozen touches. Previous shows like Bring it on: The Musical, Present Laughter, and Something Rotten, have also performed in this very theater.
Sophomore Milena Albertson says, “Frozen the musical really adds to the theaters history of previous shows. I’m so glad that a show as good as Frozen is playing in such a historical theater!”
The shows cast is to die for! Broadway alum like Patti Murin now playing Anna previously played Lysistrata Jones in the original Broadway production of Lysistrata Jones, and Caissie Levy now playing Elsa previously played Fantine in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables. New comer Jelani Alladin made his Broadway debut as Kristoff in Frozen the musical!
Frozen the musical and movie has truly made an impact on the movie industry and Broadway. Thanks to the Frozen franchise we have catchy, well thought out songs that millions of people young and old listen to on a daily basis!