‘Frozen’ Is Officially Headed to Broadway

by Stacy Lambe 3:00 PM PST, February 09, 2016
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Frozen mania isn't going to thaw anytime soon.

The animated film -- which earned over $1 billion at the box office worldwide and produced a short film sequel, Frozen Fever -- is officially headed to Broadway. Disney Theatrical Group, which is behind the successful Aladdin and The Lion King productions, announced that a musical adaptation will open in the spring of 2018 (after a pre-Broadway engagement in the summer of 2017)with a score written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The writing partners, who are also married, wrote the film's original music, earning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Let It Go."

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News of a stage version was first announced in 2014 when Disney CEO Bob Iger said thatFrozen would "be going to Broadway." Later that year, Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Group, said that he was "already talking to directors," but added they weren't in a rush to produce it. In the time since, little details were formerly announced.

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In July of 2015, Lopez and Anderson-Lopez told The New York Times they were "writing about a dozen new songs" for a stage adaptation, offering fans some hope that the Broadway musical was still on track.

While "Let It Go" is expected to be a centerpiece of the show, no other specific details about the music or plot were announced.

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Frozen fever could reach new heights thanks to the news of the musical and the film's upcoming sequel. In 2015, it was announced that Frozen 2 was officially in development. However, no official date or details for the film have been released.

Although, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee revealed how Frozen is connected to Tarzan, leaving many to speculate what's in store for the franchise's future.