Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Musical Casts Its Princesses




Patti Murin, left, will play Anna and Caissie Levy, right, will play Elsa in a new musical adaptation of the animated film “Frozen.”

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Frozen” has found its princesses.

The Disney Theatrical Group said on Monday that it had chosen Caissie Levy to play Elsa and Patti Murin to play Anna in a musical adaptation of the 2013 animated film. The show is scheduled to have a production in Denver this summer, and then to transfer to Broadway next spring.

Ms. Levy has appeared previously in five Broadway shows, including, most recently, as Fantine in a revival of “Les Misérables.” Ms. Murin starred in a well-reviewed but short-lived production of “Lysistrata Jones,” and previously appeared in “Xanadu.”

Ms. Murin has been with the “Frozen” project throughout its development; Ms. Levy joined more recently, succeeding Betsy Wolfe, who played Elsa in a developmental lab but will instead be spending the summer in the title role of “Waitress.”

The cast will also include Jelani Alladin as Kristoff, Greg Hildreth as Olaf, John Riddle as Hans and Robert Creighton as the Duke of Weselton.

“Frozen,” about a princess (Elsa) struggling to harness her icy powers, and her relationship with her devoted sister (Anna), was inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Snow Queen.” The film was an enormous hit, won an Academy Award for best animated feature, and won another for the hugely popular song “Let It Go.”

The stage adaptation is being directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford. Both men were brought in to replace previous members of the creative team who parted ways with Disney: Mr. Grandage succeeded Alex Timbers, while Mr. Ashford will succeed Christopher Gattelli, who in turn succeeded Peter Darling.

The stage adaptation of “Frozen” will feature music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the married couple who composed the film score, and a book by Jennifer Lee, who wrote the script for the film and directed it with Chris Buck.

“Frozen” is scheduled to run from Aug. 17 to Oct. 1 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Dates for the Broadway run have not been announced, but the production is planned for the St. James Theater, which will be expanded to accommodate large-scale musicals.

Disney currently has two other musicals running on Broadway, “The Lion King,” which opened in 1997, and “Aladdin,” which opened in 2014. The Disney Company has also developed versions of “Frozen” for its theme parks and cruise ships, but those projects are unrelated to the Broadway-bound musical.

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