Do you still sing along to the Frozen soundtrack every morning? Is Elsa's ice-princess dress featured prominently on your prom Pinterest board? Would you maybe consider naming your first-born son Kristoff? Do you get excited when the Weather Channel gives a winter storm a scary-sounding name, because that means you'll probably be able to BUILD A SNOWMAAAAAAN?
It may be three years since the hit movie's release, but there's no need to let your Frozen obsession go yet, friends—because Elsa and Anna and Kristoff and Olaf are officially coming to Broadway.
Here are the details: This week, Disney announced that a musical-theater adaptation of Frozen would make its way to a non-NYC theater in the summer of 2017, and arrive on the Great White Way itself in the spring of 2018. The show will feature the same writers as the film—plus choreography by Peter Darling, the genius behind Billy Elliot and Matilda the Musical. Which means this is going to be one dancetastic Broadway snowscape.
No word yet on whether Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, who voiced Elsa and Anna (respectively) in the film, will be cast as their animated doppelgangers. But let's dream about that for a second, shall we? The lovely people at Buzzfeed have even given us a peek at what the Menzel/Bell dream team might look like in character:
Some of "Matlida"'s amazing kid stars swing it out. Photo by Joan Marcus.
I was a tad nervous when I walked into the the Shubert theater to see Matilda: The Musical, the Broadway adaptation of Roald Dahl's story that officially opens tonight. The book manages to present this weird, perfect mix of cynicism and hopefulness—it walks that line only Roald Dahl can really walk—and I was worried that a big musical production might iron all of its nuances right out.
Was I ever wrong. There's nothing super-Disney about this show (though the kids in the audience still went absolutely wild for it), and thank goodness. Tim Minchin's music and lyrics don't drown the story in pounds of sugar—they keep the book's sharp edge and wit, even during the naturally mushier moments.
And the CAST, you guys! First of all, there are the four little wünderkinds who alternate playing Matilda, the kid genius with telekinetic powers. For anyone under the age of 12 to carry a show is pretty darn impressive (see: Billy Elliot's Billys), but the Matilda I saw, Milly Shapiro, was already holding the stage like a seasoned veteran. That's not to mention the other youngsters who play Matlida's classmates, all of whom manage to develop memorable characters. (Jared Parker, aka Nigel: You are my hero. I'll hang out with you in Chokey anytime.)
And then there's Miss Trunchbull. Oh, man, Miss Trunchbull. Let's put it this way: She's played by a he (Bertie Carvel). She's the most delightfully nasty, icky, terrifying school headmistress you'll ever meet. And she totally steals the show.
Oh, and there's a TON of very dance-y dancing—which isn't a surprise, given that the choreographer is Billy Elliot's Peter Darling. You get everything from a flashy spoof on competitive ballroom dance to a sweet number involving playground swings. And that explains why the rest of the cast is filled out with some of our favorite Broadway dancers—including cutie Ryan Steele, of newspaper-fouettéing Newsies fame.
The short version of this rant? Matilda is a musical that brings Roald Dahl's crazy world to sharp, hilarious, wonderful life. See it!