March 8, 2018
This spring two hotly anticipated musicals will open based on blockbuster children's stories. Harry Potter comes to town and so does the mega Disney animation "Frozen." That film spawned a soaring anthem that shall not be mentioned because it might make some parents reading this notice weep. Young girls raised on this anthem of female empowerment are growing up and joining the #MeToo Movement and running for political office.
But back to the musical, it includes the same Oscar-winning film score creators, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez with the film's screenwriter Jennifer Lee. Helming directorial duties is the masterful Michael Grandage who is joined by another Broadway expert choreographer Rob Ashford. More and more, the choreography is what catapults Broadway musicals from good to outstanding. In fact, that's one of the secret weapons in "Hamilton." Movement becomes the connective tissue that magnifies the musical emotions. Many are anticipating Ashford's contributions to the two-act productions.
Frozen, a full-length Disney Production is told in two acts, is the first and only incarnation of the tale that expands upon and deepens its indelible plot and themes through new songs and story material from the film’s creators; in fact, this new stage production features more than twice as much music as the film. Like the Disney Theatrical Broadway musicals that have come before it, it is a full evening of theatre running over two hours. Visual design, another key element in the theatrical magic-making, is overseen by a blue-ribbon group that includes: Costume designer, Christopher Oram; lighting designer Natasha Katz, video designer Finn Ross, renown puppeteer Michael Curry and special effects (one can only wonder what that might be) Jeremy Chernick.
Frozen appears at the St. James Theater on West 44th Street. And get your cameras ready because the streets around the theater are dotted with adorable young girls decked out in sky blue princess gowns, glittery hair and breath-taking smiles.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis