Frozen – The Musical is now making its pre-Broadway run in Denver at the Buell Theatre until Oct. 1, 2017.
It will then head to the St. James Theatre on Feb. 22, 2018 and ope mid-March 2018.
We looked around to see what the early reviews are saying. Here’s what’s being said:
“The Broadway-bound Disney musical ‘Frozen,’ now playing at Denver’s Buell Theatre, is a technically polished adaptation of the animated hit. It does justice to the 2013 movie as a wondrous family-friendly spectacle.
But if you were hoping for an artistic achievement on the order of ‘Lion King,’ let it go. –
“But in bringing ‘Frozen’ to the stage, director Michael 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.”
“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 and whose struggles and aspirations mirror our own. 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. ‘Frozen’ can’t be cold. But to emerge in the sun, we all need to spend a bit more time in the freezer.”
“Perhaps because it would be unstageable, much of Anna’s journey to Elsa’s mountain lair is gone, as is the snow monster called Marshmallow who threatens her retreat. Instead we get a number called ‘What Do You Know About Love?’ to introduce the romance between Anna and Kristoff. Though deliciously played by Patti Murin, Anna thus becomes a more conventional Disney girl, all signs pointing to marriage.
At the same time, because of the stage musical’s need to deepen character through song, Elsa becomes less conventional. Mostly seen alone, often in self-imposed exile, she has little opportunity to bounce her feelings off other characters. As a result her new numbers, in addition to the big old one, become a string of super-intense monologues, as if she were Hamlet or Sweeney Todd. She is always having dark epiphanies, but her epiphanies are mostly the same: There is something wrong with me.
“By the time it all wraps up in classic, uplifting Disney fashion — but without Prince Charming’s stamp of approval — the issues that need tending to hardly seem to matter. While the characters are spinning on a two-tiered revolving stage (a stand-in for the outdoor skating scene), the message is clear: Love wins and women can save the day. Charming characters, a built-in audience and hummable tunes make Frozen a no-brainer for Broadway. Can Disney turn it into the next super-smash? The odds look good.”