Frozen the Musical had a two year run on Broadway and now it’s set to bring a magical frost to London. It’s opening at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in April 2021.
Samantha Barks, who rose to fame in BBC’s I’d do anything, has been announced as leading lady Elsa and Stephanie McKeon has bagged the role of Anna. You can meet the whole cast in this heartwarming reveal video.
I was lucky enough to catch it in New York and even though it had some icy reviews, I think it’s a creative production that entertains.
Welcome to Arendelle
Elsa has awesome frozen powers but her magic becomes too powerful and she puts the Kingdom in a permanent winter. Afraid she will cause more problems, she leaves to be Snow Queen of the mountains. Her feisty younger sister Anna sets out to search for her to break the spell and meets some magical friends along the way.
The main difference in the musical is that there are NO TROLLS. They have been replaced by forest folk. I was initially disappointed by the absence of the cheeky creatures but by the second half I had warmed up to the new mythical characters.
They’ve also introduced a whole host of new songs to accompany the tunes you have heard a thousand times over. None of them are as successful as the originals with one exception, ‘Monster’. An absolute belter!
Frozen comes to life
Masterful puppetry animates two of the most endearing characters in the film – Olaf and Sven. Gigantic sets and beautiful costumes take the animation from screen to stage. Arendelle and all its subjects become reality.
But it’s the visual effects that give you the chills. The most epic moment is during the empowering rendition of, ‘Let it go’. The set opens, the projection bursts with icicles and Elsa’s outfit is transformed into the blue, glittering dress we all know and love. If you can’t wait, here’s the exact moment!
The best thing about Frozen is the sisterly bond. That strength and love is relatable to so many. I’m hoping Samantha and Stephanie can capture that relationship a little better than their counterparts on Broadway.
Fans will unite in this entertaining Disney display. Although it’s not on par with the likes of The Lion King and likely won’t see as long a run, I still expect it to be a West End hit!
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