Princess Elsa and Anna are getting the live action treatment when Disney’s Frozen becomes a Broadway musical.
If you thought you were going to get “Let it Go” out of your head at any point in the next 10 years, think again, because Disney’s Frozen is getting new life as a Broadway musical, and that means our kids are never, ever going to let it go.
According to Yahoo Parenting, Princess Elsa’s reign of global domination continues in the tradition of The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin with a live-action play that is expected to start out-of-town performances next summer and come to Broadway in 2018. You might think your kids will be over their Frozen fetish by then, but they probably won’t be, so if you have Frozen-obsessed kids, you might want to start looking into a fun New York vacation. Heck, a person could just hit a Broadway show every day, because it sounds like Aladdin and The Lion King will both still be running when Frozen moves to New York to complete the Disney trifecta.
Disney made the announcement Wednesday via Twitter, and unfortunately there is as yet no information about who will be playing Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Hans, and Olaf, or even how they’re going to be handling Sven the reindeer. The costumes–which our kids will probably want–are being designed by Tony Award-winner Bob Crowley, and the story is being written by Jennifer Lee, who wrote and co-directed the insanely successful movie. The musicians who created the best-selling soundtrack for the movie, and who are directly responsible for “Let It Go” being in everyone’s heads for the past two years, will be working on the play as well. Basically Disney is getting its billion-dollar crew back together in the hopes that they will do it again. With the ridiculous success Frozen has been, they’ll probably be successful. In 10 years high school drama clubs will probably be staging Frozen as often as Bye Bye Birdie and West Side Story.
Moving Frozen to Broadway makes a whole lot of of sense for Disney, because Frozen is the most successful animated film of all time and earned nearly $1.3 billion at the box office, and that’s not even including all the money that will be made when the sequel comes out. And on top of all that, Disney also announced that Princesses Anna and Elsa would be appearing on our TVs in their own holiday special sometime next year on ABC.
The Frozen musical already has an official Twitter account, and even though it went live less than 24 hours ago, it already has more than 2,000 people following it for information and updates, with more than 4,200 people on its Facebook page.
I don’t know what they put in Frozen to make it so addictive to small children, but it worked. We should probably all just accept it, get in line for tickets, and learn to do Elsa braids, because Frozen is part of our lives forever now.