For the first time in forever (ok, for the first time in a few months), I got to see Disney on Broadway last Saturday. Frozen the Musical is currently touring North America and bringing Broadway talent and Disney magic to Guests all over the continent.
Seeing a Broadway Musical live on stage in New York City is incredible. In fact, Frozen the Musical got its start in the St. James Theatre in New York City. It’s an awesome musical, and many Disney fans are lucky enough to have the Frozen tour coming to a theater near them soon. On the fence about buying your ticket? Let us tell you why we love Frozen the Broadway Musical.
“Let It Go” has been a Disney anthem since Idina Menzel first belted it out in 2013. The song even won an Academy Award for best original song and Frozen won for best animated picture- so, of course, the music in the Broadway musical had to be great.
Disney On Broadway always knocks it out of the park with incredible performers that are the best of the best. Frozen keeps up the trend of excellence with jawdropping vocalists in not only the lead roles but across the cast. Prince Hans, the Duke of Weselton, Oaken, and more were all incredibly talented vocalists and entertainers that made the show top-notch. The music in this show delivers up pure Broadway joy. Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez did an excellent job on this musical, as did Jennifer Lee, whose book inspired the story.
Expect power anthem “Let It Go” and the feel-good song “Love Is An Open Door” but also look forward to new favorites unique to the Broadway Musical. My favorite new addition is hands-down Oaken’s song about Hygge- but more on that later! Fans of Disney music should not miss this show because there are some excellent musical numbers you will not want to miss!
The Best Costume Changes
Disney On Broadway tends to have a lot of wow factors. From like-life animals parading the aisles at The Lion King to a flying magic carpet in Aladdin to singing and swinging apes performing aerial acrobatics in Tarzan– Disney does it big on Broadway Musicals. The wow factor in Frozen is most definitely the amazing costume changes.
It probably won’t come as a surprise that the biggest wow moment in the show is Elsa’s transition from new queen to ice castle runaway. This coincides with a dramatic on-stage costume change from her coronation day dress to her signature sparkling blue ice gown. It happens in the blink of an eye and leaves Guests with feelings of “how did they do that?!” and wishing to rewind the moment and see it again. It’s truly a flash of Disney magic that makes the show so special!
One Word- Oaken
Yoo hoo! Oaken is a minor character in the movie Frozen that packs a big punch. Even though his screen time is relatively brief, fans loved this kind of trading post and sauna owner. Disney understood the love viewers had for Oaken so he plays a larger role in the Broadway Musical.
A larger role as in- he and his sauna loving family even have a whole toe-tapping song they sing to Anna and Kristoff. Oaken and his crew teach the travelers all about hygge and get them equipped to climb the north mountain to confront Elsa about melting the snow that has covered Arrendelle. Without giving too much away, I must say that Oaken was one of my favorite characters and I love what Disney did with this beloved merchant.
One of my biggest questions going into the show was regarding how Disney would bring the trolls to life on stage without seeming cartoonish and weird. They delivered on this by depicting the troll tribe as mythical woodland people known as hidden folk that were not in any way cartoonish, while still obviously standing out from the citizens of Arrendelle. Kristoff’s family of “love experts,” led by wise Grand Pabbie, play an important role in the show in all the places you’d expect. After all, Princess Anna needs all the help she can get in the “true love” department. The trolls know from the start that Kristoff is the perfect match for Anna, not Prince Hans.
Sure, this may seem like a small thing. After all, you come to a Disney On Broadway Show to enjoy the show, not to shop. However, Disney collectors, Frozen fans, Princess fans, and shopaholics often can’t resist the merch booth. As a Christmas ornament collector, I am always looking to snag an ornament from shows to remember the experience- so it’s a letdown if musicals are lacking in the merch. department.
Lucky for you, Frozen the Musical had stocked merchandise booths with adorable Princess Anna and Princess Elsa dolls, tiaras Christmas ornaments, t-shirts, water bottles, mugs, a throw blanket, sweatshirts and more. They even sold Elsa’s signature gloves for kids to purchase. The most adorable and unique souvenir was undoubtedly the fleece throw blanket featuring Olaf atop a white Nordic print on a blue background in the signature Frozen shade of blue. What an adorable and practical product!
Disney theatrical productions are always next-level, and always perfectly unforgettable. Don’t miss an opportunity to engage with Disney magic outside the Disney Parks by seeing Frozen when it visits a city near you!