FROZEN – The Musical

FROZEN - The Musical
Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis presents FROZEN! The magical fairy-tale story of Princess Elsa and her struggle with the power contained inside of her. Will she succumb to her magic and destroy everything and everyone she loves? Or will she overcome her fear and become the queen she truly wants to be? Buy your tickets now to find out, you don’t want to miss this production that’s even better than the movie!

“IT WILL GIVE YOU CHILLS! Amazing special effects, eye-popping costumes and incredible performances.” – NEWSDAY

“JOYOUS AND TRIUMPHANT! Wonderful! A really magical experience.” – WABC

“A CAN’T MISS BROADWAY EVENT!” – WNBC

“The Hottest Snow on Broadway!” – VANITY FAIR

“You’ve Never Seen FROZEN Like This!” – GOOD MORNING AMERICA

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A long long time ago in a land very very far away two young sisters Elsa, played by Alyssa Kim or Jaiden Klein, and Anna, played by Stella R. Cobb or Arwen Monzon-Sanders, play in the magical Kingdom of Arendelle when the unthinkable happens: Elsa unwittingly unleashes her power upon her sister Anna, freezing her heart cold. Luckily Hidden Folk shaman Pabbie, played by Tyler Jimenez, is nearby and is able to draw the magic out of Annas heart and the memories of it out of her head. Terrified of her power, Elsa isolates herself, and the sisters grow up apart.
Years later, Elsa, now played by Caroline Bowman, is crowned Queen. When Anna, now played by Caroline Innerbichler, and the visiting handsome Prince Hans, played by Austin Colby, unexpectedly become engaged, Elsa in a panic, unleashes a blast of ice. The visiting Duke of Weselton sees his opportunity and calls Elsa a monster and means to kill her! Elsa flees, setting off an unending winter, pursued by her sister Anna, Kristoff, played by Mason Reeves, the mountain man and his reindeer Sven, played by either Collin Baja or Evan Strand, along the way, they discover Olaf, played by F. Michael Haynie, the sisters’ magical childhood snowman.

Elsa, now safely away, unleashes her power and creates a wonderous castle of ice high on the north mountain. When Anna, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf arrive to try and convince Elsa to return, she again strikes out at Anna. But this time the Hidden Folk shaman Pabbie cannot undo the magic and tells Elsa only an act of love can help Anna. Deciding she does not want to be the monster she is becoming, Elsa surrenders to the Duke, and Prince Hans reveals their villainous plot and locks Anna in the library to die! But Olaf, sweet brave Olaf, sneaks in to rescue her.

Elsa denies the Duke’s and Prince Hans’s charge of treason and breaks free of her prison! Kristoff and Anna seek out each other amid the blizzard unleashed by Elsa while Price Hans hunts Elsa, but he finds Anna first and attacks! Seeing her sister in danger, Elsa blocks Hans’s sword as she freezes solid. This act of true love heals Anna and releases Elsa from her fear, Will Elsa and Anna overcome the evil plot by the Duke and Prince? Come and find out at Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis, you’re in for a magical time!

FROZEN is an original story, loosely based on Hans Christen Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”, published in 1845 and has been adapted into numerous movies, plays, operas, and ballets. Disney’s journey with the story began in the 1940s, when many of Andersen’s fairy tales were being explored for animation. The project was ultimately shelved, though exploration continued in the 1970s for a Disneyland attraction called “The Enchanted Snow Palace” that didn’t come to fruition. “The Snow Queen” began its transformation into FROZEN in the early 2000s. While the final film departs from the original story, the theme of “regeneration through faith,” its title character’s abilities, and a journey through mountains for reunification remain.

FROZEN draws inspiration from the diverse geography, mythology, and cultural traditions of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, each with its own unique languages, customs, and histories. The soaring mountains and chocolate-box fjords of Norway, in particular, inspired the setting of FROZEN’s Arendelle, a fictional coastal kingdom. The songs of the Saami people, who today live across the far northern regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and even Russia – well above the Arctic Circle – are rooted in a unique vocal style called joiking, which is featured in FROZEN. Norway’s iconic trolls, which were featured in the animated FROZEN move, have been transformed in this stage adaptation into “Hidden Folk,” more human-like fantastical creatures inspired by the elfin huldúfolk mythology from Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the musical won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Puppet Design, and is created by a Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar Winning Creative Team, Music and Lyrics By Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez who have written 23 new songs for the show, a book By Jennifer Lee with Michael Grandage as director, Rob Ashford as choreographer and Stephen Oremus as music supervisor, Scenic and costume design by Christopher Oram. The award-winning puppets were created by Michael Curry and the same team who built puppets for The Lion King. The musical cost a reported $30 million to produce and churned through three choreographers, two set designers, two Elsa’s and two directors.

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FROZEN Musical Reviews

“As Princess Elsa says in this snowy, showy stage adaptation of the popular Disney movie, “I’m not as cold as I seem.” Credit the thawing trend in Broadway’s “FROZEN” to the lovable characters of Jennifer Lee, who wrote the film and now writes the book for the stage musical, and to the warmly human cast assembled by director Michael Grandage. Caissie Levy is stunning as Elsa, the beautiful princess with the cursed gift to turn her kingdom into ice, and Patti Murin makes a darling Anna, the earthbound princess whose love for her sister is the only thing that can set Elsa free.
The theater’s legendary powers notwithstanding, there’s no way that the all-too-solid stage of the St. James Theater can approximate the technical virtuosity of a movie setting. Rather, the magic of the theater comes from its power to open up the world of the imagination. Emerging from the dancing lights of the aurora borealis (as fashioned by lighting designer Natasha Katz) projected on the scrim (by video designer Finn Ross), Christopher Oram’s sets are highly stylized and very theatrical, if not transporting.”
– Marilyn Stasio, Variety.

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