Jul 24, 2018 to Dec 31, 2019
08:00 PM until 10:30 PM
This event occurs weekly, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The spectacular Disney film that captivated audiences around the world has finally made it to Broadway! Following the success of the 2013 animated movie, Frozen the Musical expands on the story of two sisters, giving more time to the characters we’ve come to love.
With a book by Jennifer Lee, and music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the show has kept many members of the creative team from the film, ensuring everything on stage is faithful to the original story. Instead of being a direct copy of the film, what Frozen the Musical does is transform these animated characters into something real and tangible. It really takes the time to dig deep into the characters’ motivations, allowing their relationships to develop further.
Delving deeper into Elsa and Anna’s past, the extra time given to the young sisters makes their love for each other clear from the start.
Young Elsa, portrayed by Brooklyn Nelson and Ayla Schwartz, is the perfect tragic heroine. Her reaction to hurting her sister, and her fear of hurting anyone else, tugs at the heartstrings of every audience member. Both actors convey the role of big sister brilliantly, tapping into the responsibility Elsa feels towards Anna and the pressure of keeping her powers in check. These actors prove just how capable child actors are of playing such complex roles.
Seeing that the heart of Frozen is the love that the sisters feel for each other, the musical dedicates more time to their interactions. The sisters have the chance to communicate after spending years apart, and the actors create a strong tension with their initial awkwardness and their clear yearning to reconnect.
While Anna was previously Frozen’s leading lady, in the musical she made way for her sister to have more stage time.
We get to see a different, more complex side of Elsa, helped along by Caissie Levy’s powerful characterisation. The song “Dangerous to Dream”, an extra track added for the stage, is a bittersweet soliloquy that communicates both Elsa’s longing to confide in Anna, and her fear of letting anyone get close to her. Levy’s Elsa never appears cold to the audience - she shows us that Elsa’s restraint is a protective wall she puts up, while at the same time revealing the tender heart inside of her.
$45 and up
St. James Theatre
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