In an exclusive by Entertainment Weekly, we get a chance to have a first look at the costumes from the upcoming Broadway adaptation of Disney’s Frozen.
Although this is not the first time a Disney movie has been adapted for the stage, audience members should not expect the stage version to be exactly like the movie. I know. I know. This should go without saying, but sometimes people have gone to these adaptations thinking that it will literally be everything that they saw onscreen.
The Michael Grandage Company explained to EW what differences audiences should expect when attending the live version of Disney’s Frozen:
“The interesting thing about a movie is that it’s going to be exactly the same tomorrow night, whereas a staged piece is absolutely not, and that’s our greatest asset,” says Grandage, the celebrated British director and namesake of The Michael Grandage Company. “I’m not particularly interested in slavishly replicating a movie onstage, because it won’t challenge anybody. We’ve got so many assets at our disposal where we can take that whole experience further. We can present things in new ways. We’ve got a bigger narrative arc. We’ve got more songs than the movie, and an opportunity to develop storylines in greater depth. But the thing we can do most of all is have real, live, breathing, beating hearts in front of people in the dark. I needed a cast where it wasn’t just going to be people who brilliantly pumped out some famous numbers, because I knew we had a bigger book and a bigger arc to explore and, in places, a really highly emotional journey.”
Patti Murin, Caissie Levy, Jelani Alladin, and John Riddle star as Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Hans in the stage adaptation of Disney’s Frozen. And, based off of the photo we get to gaze at above, they all look spectacular.
Before diving straight into a full Broadway run, The Michael Grandage Company will be testing audience responses in Denver for a few weeks before moving the production to Broadway. I believe when Disney’s Little Mermaid was adapted to the stage, they did the same thing. The Denver show will run from August 17 through October 1.
You should expect the Broadway run to start sometime towards the beginning of 2018. What do you think of the costumes? The cast? Let us know in the comments below.