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Theater Review: ‘Frozen’ Broadway Touring Musical brings Arendelle to life like never before

by Quinn Roseboom

It’s no secret that ever since Frozen’s theatrical release nearly 10 years ago, it has taken the world by storm. In the time since its release, there have been multiple stage adaptations within Disney’s theme parks across the world, and even at sea on the Disney Cruise Line, but none of these have brought the world of Arendelle to life quite like the Broadway musical does.

Patti Murin (Anna) and John Riddle (Hans) in "Frozen" on Broadway
Patti Murin (Anna) and John Riddle (Hans) in “Frozen” on Broadway.
Photo by Deen van Meer
Mason Reeves (Kristoff) and Collin Baja (Sven) in the "Frozen" North American Tour.
Mason Reeves (Kristoff) and Collin Baja (Sven) in the “Frozen” North American Tour.
Photo by Deen van Meer

The show contains songs from the film and original songs made just for the Broadway musical, both by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The added songs bring so much to the story: new motivations, depths, and insights into the minds of characters, and even some new comedic relief.

Of course, there were a few story changes added for the sake of the stage, like the change from rock trolls to the “hidden folk” (I never thought I could find myself attracted to Grand Pabbie, or any of the trolls for that matter, but here we are). There were even a few references thrown into the story to plot points from “Frozen 2,” which any big Frozen fans will definitely appreciate.

The show’s set design integrated both detailed practical sets, such as Arendelle Castle, and projection mapped surfaces that transformed within the scene, like Elsa’s Ice Palace. But what I was delighted to see most were the costumes, all beautifully done. You could hardly tell when any quick changes were going to happen. There were no noticeable bulky sections ready to pop out for the transformations. It was very streamlined and elegant.

Even if you think you’re tired of seeing another version of “Frozen” played out, give this one a chance.

Frozen The Musical is now performing at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on select dates through March 6, 2022. Tickets can be bought at DrPhillipsCenter.org. For more information on Frozen’s North America tour and destinations visit FrozenTheMusical.com

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