Frozen is hitting the stage, but was it a magical wonder to behold—or should we just let it go?

By Melissa Willets

It's hard to believe that Frozen came out in 2013. And yet, children are still obsessed with Elsa, Anna, and everything having to do with what has become one of the highest grossing animated movies of all time. Fans love the story of two sisters who ultimately learn what true love truly means so much, Disney decided to create a stage musical adaptation, which hit Broadway in March 2018 at the St. James Theatre.

Frozen the musical debuted at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017, giving little girls and critics a first look. The original musical starred Caissie Levy as Elsa and Patti Murin as Anna, and is directed by Michael Grandage. The movie's devotees will be pleased to learn that many of the movie's original songs made it into the play, as did about a dozen more tunes by the film's songwriting spouses, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

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According to The New York Times review of the show, among other things, new songs tell the backstory of secondary characters like Hans. Juicy, right? Reviewer Jesse Green's take on the show was that Act I very closely follows the story of the movie we all know and love.

But by Act II, Green claims the magic that cast a spell on our kids (and us!) in the film, wasn't as easy to carry out on stage. So when Elsa uses her ice powers—an act my daughters still imitate years after Frozen first debuted in theaters, the wonder and awe of her sweeping movements and subsequent icy creations doesn't quite translate. Green also noted that the musical version felt much heavier and darker than the film, qualities that may not please mini-Elsas and Annas who go to see it.

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Of course, you can judge for yourself how the play compares to the now-iconic film by purchasing your Broadway tickets here. So if you are planning a trip to the Big Apple, check it out—Anna and Elsa costumes optional. For those feeling lucky, you can enter a lottery run by the production that offers up to two $30 tickets for every performance—check it out at

Melissa Willets is a writer, mom and coffee devotee. Find her on Facebook and Instagram where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.



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