Go Behind the Scenes of 'Frozen' Broadway Cast's First Major Photo Shoot (Exclusive)
By Leigh Scheps
The Rocky Mountains made for the picture perfect background as Vanity Faircaptured the stars of Broadway-bound’s Frozenin their first photo shoot for a media outlet -- and ET has an exclusive look behind the scenes.
On top of Copper Mountain outside of Denver, Colorado, Patti Murin (Anna), Caissie Levy (Elsa) and Jelani Alladin (Kristoff) are dressed in their characters’ famous costumes, designed by Christopher Oram for the stage. Meant to look like the story’s Norway setting, fake snow adds extra detail to images of Elsa wearing a light blue-colored gown and cape posing on what appears to be the top of her ice castle. She waves her arms in a similar manner to how the Disney princess did in the top-grossing animated film of all time. Anna, who’s dressed in an off-the-shoulder green gown with a dark green bodice, stands beside her sister with her love interest, Kristoff, just off to the side.
Photographed by Andrew Eccles, the shoot happened while the show was performing its out-of-town tryouts at the Buell Theatre of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
“Denver was magical. We’re really excited to unveil what we’ve come up with,” Cassie Levy tells ET about the move to Broadway in the spring. The highly anticipated spectacle, with music and lyrics by the creators of the hit film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT-winner Robert Lopez and a book by Jennifer Lee, is an expanded story about the two princesses. ”We’re [treating] this like a new piece of theater,” explains Murin. “This is what we’re doing and that’s how we’re going to approach it.”
Frozen will join Disney Theatrical hits Aladdin and The Lion King on Broadway, when it begins previews on Feb. 22, 2018 at the St. James Theatre. The show officially opens Mar. 22. Just like those shows, this production has been aged up and deepened for the stage, its director Michael Grandage reveals. “They’re not trying to recreate the film on stage. We’re really making it its own entity,” Levy adds. “So for that reason we are able to have a little more freedom and kind of go deeper with the characters.”
“The story comes from a very personal, emotional place of what happens when a family is dealing with secrecy and shame and how you heal that,” Lopez previously told ET.