Disney’s Frozen, the hit Broadway musical, will finally open its doors tonight (Friday 25 June) at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne playing 50% of capacity in line with government restrictions. Pending further government advice audiences should increase to 100% from Friday 2 July 2021.
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (The Lion King, Aladdin, Mary Poppins), Frozen features music and lyrics by Academy Award®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, with book by Academy Award®-winning writer Jennifer Lee, direction by Tony® winner Michael Grandage and choreography by Tony® winner Rob Ashford.
Frozen features an all Australian cast led by Jemma Rix in the role of Elsa, Courtney Monsma as Anna, Matt Lee as Olaf, Thomas McGuane as Hans, Sean Sinclair as Kristoff, Aljin Abella as Weselton and sharing the role of Sven, Jonathan MacMillan and Lachlan McIntrye.
Adapted from the Disney film and original 1844 fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen The Snow Queen, Frozen is brought to fresh theatrical life in this luxurious new musical.
Frozen’s journey sweeps audiences up into its thrilling world of adventure and classic comedy. While it does feature true love, the story has become beloved around the world for breaking the princess mold of girls needing to be saved by a prince, instead, focusing on the bond of two sisters, Elsa and Anna.
The stage production features a full score, including 12 new songs from the original Academy Award-winning songwriters written especially for the stage.
Frozen opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre in March 2018 with the highest box office advance in Broadway history. Frozen was also the highest grossing new musical of its Broadway season in its first year on Broadway.
Its global footprint has expanded to include a North American tour, with productions due to open on the West End as well as Germany and Japan. The Australian production, in Sydney in December 2020, was the first Disney Theatrical Productions show to open worldwide since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down theatres across the globe in March 2020.
Frozen is designed by Tony Award winning scenic and costume designer, Christopher Oram, six-time Tony winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, Tony winning video designer Finn Ross, and seven-time Tony nominated sound designer Peter Hylenski.
The production team also includes acclaimed puppet designer Michael Curry, special effects designer Jeremy Chernick, hair designer David Brian Brown and makeup designer Anne Ford-Coates. The music team is headed by music supervisor Stephen Oremus, joined by orchestrator Dave Metzger. Frozen is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.
“Every child who’s been enchanted by this story of sibling loyalty, will be desperate to see this stage version, and you’ll risk breaking their heart if you deprive them, because this production is even more enchanting, and more fun, than the animated feature that inspired it.” – Bill Stephens OAM, Australian Arts Review
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Season from 25 June 2021
For more information, visit: www.frozenthemusical.com.au for details.
Image: Jemma Rix and the Company of Frozen (Australian Production) – photo by Lisa Tomasetti