Coming off the international success of the animated film of the same name, Frozen is the inspiring story of two orphaned sisters left alone to rule a kingdom, magical powers Elsa can’t control, and the power of true love to save the day. Frozen the musical features music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who both worked on the original film. In addition to the songs fans know and love from the film, Anderson-Lopez and Lopez have added over a dozen new songs. Fans may notice a few other changes made for the stage version: The trolls are replaced by creatures drawn from Scandinavian folklore known as the hidden folk, and Kristoff’s childhood is cut from the musical adaptation. Olaf is boisterous and loving as ever, and the Duke of Weselton gets a bit of an upgrade from his film version, making him quite a bit more likeable and providing a surprise twist at the end.
All in all, Frozen the musical stays true to the film’s original theme and there is plenty that will be familiar to fans, but the musical version of Frozen is packed with plenty of surprises. Frozen debuted at the St. James Theatre in New York in March of 2018 after a tryout run at the Buell Theatre in Denver, CO from August 17 through October 1, 2017.
Built by vaudeville impresario Alexander Pantages, the Pantages Theatre was opened in the summer of 1930. The façade features a palatial Art Deco style and was designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca. With enough seating for over 2,700 guests, the Pantages Theatre has hosted Broadway musicals like Disney’s The Lion King and Wicked. As one of Los Angeles’ leading venues for live theatre, the Pantages Theatre owns the distinction of hosting the shows that had the five highest-grossing weeks in Los Angeles’ theatrical history. It has also been a popular location for filming TV, movies, and music videos, including Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” in 1995. In 2000 the theatre underwent a $10 million restoration and the Pantages Theatre is designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
Frozen was nominated for several awards its first year on Broadway, winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Puppet Design (2018). With the national tour set to begin late in 2019, Frozen is expected to earn more nominations and awards, much like the successful animated film the musical is based on.
Frozen in Los Angeles dates
Frozen opens at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles on December 4, 2019 and is set to close February 2, 2020. Days and times vary, but Frozen typically shows Tuesday through Thursday at 8p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.