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Here's a First Look at the Cast of the Frozen Musical in Costume

Here's a First Look at the Cast of the Frozen Musical in Costume
From TIME - August 17, 2017

The snowman, the reindeer, the icy palace materializing out of frosty airyoull have to conjure up a ticket before you can lay eyes on those bits of stage magic. For now, whet your Frozen appetite with EWs official first look at the principal foursome who will bring the characters from Disneys Oscar-winning film to life on Broadway.

Patti Murin, Caissie Levy, Jelani Alladin, and John Riddle star as Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Hans in the stage adaptation of Disneys 2013 double-princess feature, the latest animated title to receive the stage treatment from Disney Theatrical Productions. The musical adaptation will test the (potentially solid) waters with a try-out in Denver from Aug. 17 through Oct. 1, followed thereafter by a Broadway arrival in February 2018.

Set in the wintry, Norwegian-inspired kingdom of Arendelle, Frozen takes its stage cues from both the well-known tenets of the film and the minds of its all-star creative team, which includes Tony-winning director Michael Grandage, choreographer Rob Ashford, and scenic/costume designer Christopher Oram.

The interesting thing about a movie is that its going to be exactly the same tomorrow night, whereas a staged piece is absolutely not, and thats our greatest asset, says Grandage, the celebrated British director and namesake of The Michael Grandage Company. Im not particularly interested in slavishly replicating a movie onstage, because it wont challenge anybody. Weve got so many assets at our disposal where we can take that whole experience further. We can present things in new ways. Weve got a bigger narrative arc. Weve 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 wasnt 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.

Among the movies many merits (not the least of which is the legacy ofand now expectations forits record-smashing showstopper Let It Go), Frozen was lauded in its theatrical release for painting new lines of emotionality onto the traditional Disney princess realm; on stage, the films protagonist sisters, driven apart by the eldests uncontrollable cryogenic powers, are played by longtime Broadway ingnues Murin and Levy, who hope to imbue the show with that same sororal sentiment.

The camaraderie thats needed between Patti and Caissie, in terms of what goes on onstage, is amplified by the fact that those two, in life and in their work, seem to be very genuinely bonded together, says Grandage. They take it seriously, in a good way. They want to present Anna and Elsa in a very beautiful, very meaningful way, and watching that develop in rehearsal has been quite profoundly moving to me because the point about this story is that they get pulled apart early on. Now, how close [the actresses] have become is mirroring what they need to do in the piece, which has been very exciting to me as a director. Similarly, the journey were going on with John Riddle as Hans is really interesting because, spoiler alert, weve got to reinvent the films big revelation for the stageand then separately to that, were creating a very, very important relationship between Kristoff and Sven, working with the way puppets interact and the people in them.

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