Disney Has Frozen In Early Development as a Stage Musical
by Susana Polo | 2:44 pm, January 13th, 2014
Surprising no one, Disney’s looking into turning it’s latest musical blockbuster into a live stage show. Looks like where Frozen is concerned, they won’t ‘Let It Go’ any time soon.
A Disney spokesperson confirmed, to Variety, that the animated feature is in “early development” for the stage. With plenty of Broadway alumns in the writing cast (not to mention the singing cast), one would think that the Great White Way was a shoe in for a stage setting. But, as Variety points out, with Disney, the sky is more or less the limit.
Stage versions of Disney properties have plenty of other places to go besides Broadway, from Stuttgart to regional and amateur theaters around the U.S. “High School Musical” and the subsequent legit adaptation of “High School Musical 2″ are prime examples. Disney’s 2010 animated outing “Tangled” is in the works as a cruise ship production, songwriter Alan Menken said during last year’s D23 expo. Even “Newsies” was originally developed as a property to license out to all the regional and amateur theater clamoring for a live version of the cult 1992 pic; Disney execs themselves were pleasantly surprised when reception proved overwhelming enough to warrant a move to Broadway.
And how could the studio resist the idea of “Frozen on Ice?” If you thought Olaf the snowman was a little creepy on screen, just wait until you see a person wearing an Olaf costume skating towards you at full tilt.