DISNEY'S FROZEN

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From the producers of The Lion King and Aladdin, FROZEN, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, will celebrate its North American tour opening at the Pantages Theatre; December 4, 2019 through February 2, 2020. FROZEN, heralded by The New Yorker as “thrilling” and “genuinely moving,” quickly emerged as the biggest musical hit of last year's Broadway season, smashing four St. James Theatre house records and placing it in the top 10 best-selling shows every week since opening in March 2018.

A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they'll learn that to find it they'll have to look inside themselves first.

FROZEN is melting hearts on Broadway in an all-new production created for the stage by an award-winning team. It features the songs you know and love from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. The creative team at its helm has won a cumulative 16 Tonys and includes Oscar® winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT-winning Robert Lopez (music & lyrics), Oscar-winning Jennifer Lee (book), Tony and Olivier Award-winning Michael Grandage (director) and Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer).

An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, FROZEN is everything you want in a musical: It's moving. It's spectacular. And above all, it's pure Broadway joy.

FROZEN is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.

Reviews

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But it is revolutionary, in its own way, for a Disney musical. You have princesses wearing pants, for example. But more importantly, you have a princess story where the goal is NOT the princess getting the prince. In fact, the prince is a cad. The true love in this story is the one between the sisters. It is that “true loves kiss” that moves the story forward (and sorry for the spoiler if you haven’t seen the movie). There are some who believe that this story even has a lesbian subtext. I don’t see that — neither sister seems to express a strong sexual desire towards anyone, so this could be asexual at best. But it is a strong story based on the sibling bond, and that’s something you don’t see in Disney that often. That could be one reason why shows like Frozen and Wicked have such a strong following from young women: they center on relationships between women that are/love each other as sisters, and that aren’t centered around the men on the periphery. That’s a message of female empowerment, something that is decidedly not the Disney of Yore.

sweet - Daniel Faigin - Observations Along the Road - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

The direction by Michael Grandage is pedestrian and uninspiring. Rob Ashford’s overly athletic choreography consists mostly of twirling and lifting...Magic is what is lacking throughout much of this production.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


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Though the entire cast and crew [...] do justice to this ambitious production, it's the statuesque Bowman, with her commanding voice and presence, together with the vivid and spirited Innerbichler who carry the show to a fierce level.

sweet - Anita W. Harris - LA Theatrix - ...read full review


Don Grigware

This is Disney's answer to Wicked, which is a show I much prefer musically. However, the performances are wonderful, there is much heart, and if you are in to technology and special effects, Frozen is a winner.

sweet-sour - Don Grigware - Grigware Reviews - ...read full review


Erin Conley

But ultimately, as the Disney Theatrical productions go, Frozen falls solidly in the middle of the pack. It does not elevate the source material the way The Lion King managed to, nor is it a cringe-worthy disaster like The Little Mermaid. It is just magical, enchanting fun, and by the time “snow” falls on the audience at the end, you will not be able to wipe the smile off your face.

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage & Screen - ...read full review


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Through smart cuts and additions, a little Disney magic and ongoing tweaks, the tale of sisters Elsa and Anna in search of one another finally lands in a way that a commercial blockbuster should.

sweet - Deborah Wilker - Hollywood Reporter - ...read full review


Marc Wheeler - Stage and Cinema

With so many movies-turned-musicals on Broadway these days, it’s reasonable to be skeptical of yet another obvious cash grab. Is this one? Of course. But when it comes to sheer entertainment and spectacle, it delivers, even with the high bar set for it.

sweet - Marc Wheeler - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


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The 2018 Broadway musical “Frozen,” in its national tour, just might melt the hearts of even the most hardened theatergoers at the Pantages.

It’s not flawless, but it’s surprisingly deep, sweetly romantic, visually opulent and plentifully humorous.

sweet - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


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Inevitable qualifications aside, the North American tour is irresistible in its creativity and verve, seeking and often discovering the right balance between re-creation and innovation.

sweet - Margaret Gray - LA Times - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Okay, so I loved it. Maybe I have a higher tolerance for Gooey Goodie this close to the holidays, but I found this stage adaptation of the megahit animated movie more than visually dazzling—which indeed it is. It features a charming book by Jennifer Lee that compliments the disneyfication of the Pantages for the production and makes it far more palpable than Miss Poppins’ spoonful of sugar or that annoying genie singing that I ain’t never had a friend like him. And the dazzling part: Good Goddess Terpsichore, is there anything the folks at Disney Theatrical Group can’t conjure live right before our eyes?

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA - ...read full review


Jill Weinlein

Now at the Pantages until Feb. 2, 2020, the music and lyrics by wife and husband duo, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are catchy, especially the precious song “Do You Want To Build A Snowman,” and later their new song “I Can’t Lose You.”

sweet - Jill Weinlein - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


Avatar

But it is revolutionary, in its own way, for a Disney musical. You have princesses wearing pants, for example. But more importantly, you have a princess story where the goal is NOT the princess getting the prince. In fact, the prince is a cad. The true love in this story is the one between the sisters. It is that “true loves kiss” that moves the story forward (and sorry for the spoiler if you haven’t seen the movie). There are some who believe that this story even has a lesbian subtext. I don’t see that — neither sister seems to express a strong sexual desire towards anyone, so this could be asexual at best. But it is a strong story based on the sibling bond, and that’s something you don’t see in Disney that often. That could be one reason why shows like Frozen and Wicked have such a strong following from young women: they center on relationships between women that are/love each other as sisters, and that aren’t centered around the men on the periphery. That’s a message of female empowerment, something that is decidedly not the Disney of Yore.

sweet - Daniel Faigin - Observations Along the Road - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

The direction by Michael Grandage is pedestrian and uninspiring. Rob Ashford’s overly athletic choreography consists mostly of twirling and lifting...Magic is what is lacking throughout much of this production.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Avatar

Though the entire cast and crew [...] do justice to this ambitious production, it's the statuesque Bowman, with her commanding voice and presence, together with the vivid and spirited Innerbichler who carry the show to a fierce level.

sweet - Anita W. Harris - LA Theatrix - ...read full review


Don Grigware

This is Disney's answer to Wicked, which is a show I much prefer musically. However, the performances are wonderful, there is much heart, and if you are in to technology and special effects, Frozen is a winner.

sweet-sour - Don Grigware - Grigware Reviews - ...read full review


Erin Conley

But ultimately, as the Disney Theatrical productions go, Frozen falls solidly in the middle of the pack. It does not elevate the source material the way The Lion King managed to, nor is it a cringe-worthy disaster like The Little Mermaid. It is just magical, enchanting fun, and by the time “snow” falls on the audience at the end, you will not be able to wipe the smile off your face.

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage & Screen - ...read full review


Avatar

Through smart cuts and additions, a little Disney magic and ongoing tweaks, the tale of sisters Elsa and Anna in search of one another finally lands in a way that a commercial blockbuster should.

sweet - Deborah Wilker - Hollywood Reporter - ...read full review


Marc Wheeler - Stage and Cinema

With so many movies-turned-musicals on Broadway these days, it’s reasonable to be skeptical of yet another obvious cash grab. Is this one? Of course. But when it comes to sheer entertainment and spectacle, it delivers, even with the high bar set for it.

sweet - Marc Wheeler - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Avatar

The 2018 Broadway musical “Frozen,” in its national tour, just might melt the hearts of even the most hardened theatergoers at the Pantages.

It’s not flawless, but it’s surprisingly deep, sweetly romantic, visually opulent and plentifully humorous.

sweet - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


Avatar

Inevitable qualifications aside, the North American tour is irresistible in its creativity and verve, seeking and often discovering the right balance between re-creation and innovation.

sweet - Margaret Gray - LA Times - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Okay, so I loved it. Maybe I have a higher tolerance for Gooey Goodie this close to the holidays, but I found this stage adaptation of the megahit animated movie more than visually dazzling—which indeed it is. It features a charming book by Jennifer Lee that compliments the disneyfication of the Pantages for the production and makes it far more palpable than Miss Poppins’ spoonful of sugar or that annoying genie singing that I ain’t never had a friend like him. And the dazzling part: Good Goddess Terpsichore, is there anything the folks at Disney Theatrical Group can’t conjure live right before our eyes?

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA - ...read full review


Jill Weinlein

Now at the Pantages until Feb. 2, 2020, the music and lyrics by wife and husband duo, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are catchy, especially the precious song “Do You Want To Build A Snowman,” and later their new song “I Can’t Lose You.”

sweet - Jill Weinlein - On Stage Blog - ...read full review