An unbeatable lineup of blockbuster attractions will debut at Walt Disney World Resort this year starting with the April 4 launch of a new live stage show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. On Earth Day, April 22, a sweeping immersive, animal-themed theatrical production, ‘Rivers of Light,’ will premiere as the first-ever nightly show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Several popular toy manufacturers were showing some of the Frozen themed merchandise they’ll be offering at retailers later this year at the recent New York International Toy Fair. Below we explore just some of the Frozen items we got to check out firsthand from companies such as Hasbro, JAKKS Pacific and Wonder Forge.
Frozen, a new musical based on Disney’s Academy Award®-winning musical film and slated to join Disney hits Aladdin and The Lion King on Broadway in spring 2018, will play its out-of-town tryout at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017. For information on the Denver engagement visit DenverCenter.org.
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As previously announced, Frozen features music and lyrics by creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit, Up Here) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here) and a book by Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph), the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck). Frozen won 2014 Oscars® for Best Song (“Let It Go”) and Best Animated Feature.
FULL DISCLOSURE: Although Disney Cruise Line has stopped short of outright saying so, recent casting calls have announced a new show coming to the Disney Wonder (presumably to replace ‘Toy Story’ whose closure has already been announced). The ‘new’ roles, described below, are scheduled to begin in late summer of 2016.
The following has been officially announced: the new show will be directed by noted Broadway director Sheryl Kaller (‘Mothers and Sons’ and ‘Next Fall’) and choreographed by Joshua Prince (Carole King’s ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Shrek’).
The Frozen roles and descriptions are as follows (in the event you are the one single person who hasn’t yet seen the film):
During the Q1 2016 conference earnings call, Disney Chief Operating Officer, Tom Staggs, announced that prior to the release of the Frozen sequel, a television special is currently under development and scheduled to air on ABC during holiday 2017.
In addition to the movie sequel and the holiday special, a Frozen themed attraction and pavilion is scheduled to open at Epcot at Walt Disney World in 2016 while a new stage show is scheduled to open this spring at Disney California Adventure, with a new themed land in development at Tokyo Disney Sea which will pay homage to the film in its own way.
Earlier this year, we shared news that Imagineering’s Disney Creative Entertainment (DCE) division had made plans to workshop the upcoming staged production of ‘Frozen,’ which is set to replace ‘Aladdin’ at Disney California Adventure’s Hyperion Theatre in spring of 2016.
Casting calls have now been published for the production itself, which will be directed by stage veteran Liesl Tommy. The roles, descriptions and requirements are as follows:
- Elsa: Princess who becomes Queen; fearfully plagued by powers she hasn’t yet learned to control; lives a life of isolation separated from society and those she loves, including her sister. All Ethnicities. Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano; mix/belt
The tail of the aircraft features Anna and Elsa celebrating sisterhood and the magic of snow. Moving along the aircraft from back to front, the magic travels to warmer climes where Olaf can be found enjoying a summer day on the beach. The theme carries through to the interior of the aircraft with images on the overhead bins, bulkheads, lavatory mirrors and headrests.
Although we’ve known the title for a while, Random House released the cover art earlier today for the upcoming Frozen chapter book, Anna & Elsa #7: The Secret Admirer (on sale January 5, 2016, now available for pre-order), which we shared this morning on our social media channels.
While we have no synopsis for the title, it seems clear from the cover that Elsa is on the receiving end of some affection from the titular secret admirer. Who the secret admirer is and whether the admiration is requited remains to be seen, but our followers have some strong ideas on both Twitter and Tumblr where the image has gone viral.
We have teamed up with Disney-Hyperion to offer one lucky Stitch Kingdom reader their very own prize pack featuring the brand new Frozen adaptation, A Frozen Heart by acclaimed author Elizabeth Rudnick. Told in alternating chapters from both Anna’s and Hans’ perspectives, A Frozen Heart takes a sophisticated look at events of Frozen, exploring the couple’s backstories, motivations and doomed relationship. In addition, the prize pack contains additional ‘Fairy Tale 2.0’ branded items as shown here.
According to a newly published casting call, Disney Creative Entertainment’s production of the staged musical adaptation of Frozen will be workshopped in Anaheim between November 30 and December 19, 2015 with the initial casting session to take place in New York City on October 16.
The recently-announced production will replace ‘Aladdin’ which will end its 13 year run on January 10, 2016 and it appears DCE — a branch of Walt Disney Imagineering — is looking to replace the current production — often considered Broadway-caliber fare — with a well-pedigreed production worthy of taking its place. According to the casting notice, Liesl Tommy is set to direct (Tommy just came off an off-Broadway production titled ‘Eclipse’ starring Lupita Nyong’o) and Millicent Johnnie is set to choreograph.