Confirming a report by Stitch Kingdom made in February, Disney Cruise Line today confirmed that it will be replacing ‘Toy Story’ with a Frozen themed production titled ‘Frozen, A Musical Spectacular’ which will debut on the Disney Wonder beginning November 10, 2016, along with additional enhancements to the ship.
The story will be presented like never before, with an innovative combination of traditional theatrical techniques, modern technology and classic Disney whimsy, completely unique to the Disney Wonder production.
‘Frozen, A Musical Spectacular’ will follow the captivating adventure of royal sisters Anna and Elsa as they embark on a journey to discover the meaning of sisterhood, inner strength and true love. Fans of the film and newcomers alike will be enchanted by favorite characters brought to life onstage along with beautiful renditions of the movie’s iconic music.
The 55-minute long show features dynamic costumes and sets, remarkable special effects, and spectacular production numbers that will delight Disney Cruise Line guests in new and surprising ways. The creative disciplines blend to create a seamless environment – blurring the lines between costume and scenic, set piece and video, puppet and puppeteer – and expand upon the most imaginative elements of the film.
The production is led by Tony Award-nominated director Sheryl Kaller. Joining the creative team are Tony Award-winning costume designer Paloma Young, choreographer Josh Prince, scenic designer Jason Sherwood, and writer Sara Wordsworth (“In Transit”).
‘Frozen, a Musical Spectacular’ will feature music direction by Marco Paguia, projection design by Aaron Rhyne and lighting design by Rui Rita.
Dynamic puppetry by Michael Curry, whose designs are featured in Disney’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical ‘The Lion King,’ will bring exciting physicality to characters like Sven and Olaf.
The production features the popular music and lyrics by the creators of the Frozen film score, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and is adapted from the screenplay by four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin.
The 977-seat Walt Disney Theatre provides the perfect setting to immerse audiences in the kingdom of Arendelle and showcase the renowned score. Songs like ‘For the First Time in Forever’ and ‘Love is an Open Door’ will be expanded into ensemble pieces, and the film’s wintry wizardry will be realized in lavish production numbers of “In Summer” and ‘Fixer Upper.’
A stand-out moment, the emblematic ballad ‘Let it Go’ will be transformed into a full-fledged stage spectacle. Complete with real-life magic – transformative scenery, snow flurries and state-of-the-art video technology – this show stopping number will bring Elsa’s enchanted icy blasts to reality like never before.
An entirely separate two-act Broadway production of ‘Frozen’ is currently being prepared by Disney Theatrical Productions and is slated to join Disney Theatrical’s New York productions of ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Lion King’ for spring 2018 at a theater to be announced. It will have a pre-Broadway engagement starting in August 2017 in Denver.