It's interesting how one's expectations can color one's experience with a show. As a big fan (and I'm not ashamed of it, either) of the film, I have been excited for the Broadway musical since it was announced. And despite my desire not to, I couldn't resist reading the chat boards about the tryout, and later, the New York previews. I guess you could say I went in to the St. James Theatre with mixed emotions - I was excited and dreading it all at once. For the most part, my trepidation was mostly unfounded. Disney's Frozen is an entertaining and delightfully grown-up affair.
|Let these girls sing together!|
|Kristoff and the Hidden Folk|
|Everything she touches turns to ice...|
|Kristoff and Sven BFFs|
|"Love is an Open Door"|
|Work those pants and ice spikes, Elsa!|
Overall, I'd say that the creative team did a great job of crafting a more mature story, while retaining the familiar and beloved film elements for the stage. The truth is, most of the people who will see this show will get their money's worth. Kids will be thrilled to see Anna and Elsa and hear their favorite songs; adults will enjoy the deepening of the relationships. The proof is in the reactions of the audience - quiet kids, spellbound, and parents, relieved that their kids are happy and that they can enjoy the show, too. That may have been the most surprising thing of the whole afternoon.
(Photos by J. Kyler, D. van Meer)