The hotly-anticipated Broadway debut of Disney's "Frozen" is almost here, and now, fans of the hit animated feature have their first look at the live show's principal cast in costume.
Entertainment Weekly debuted the image of the musical's main foursome, which features, from left to right, Hans (John Riddle), Anna (Patti Murin), Elsa (Caissie Levy), and Kristoff (Jelani Alladin) decked out in decadent costumes that look just as magical in real life as they do in animated form.
That attention to detail is one of the hallmarks of the production, according to director Michael Grandage, who spoke to EW about all the painstaking work the creative team put into taking "Frozen" from film to the stage. In addition to the more than 300 costumes created for the show, a number of new songs have been written, and the storyline has been fleshed out considerably to allow more time to explore what Grandage calls "a really highly emotional journey."
One challenge the show had to figure out how to tackle effectively was the depiction of non-human characters Olaf and Sven. Thankfully, Disney already had experience in that department with its previous Broadway adaptations of "The Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast," and will be using similar tricks to help bring those beloved sidekicks to life (a.k.a., a mixture of puppetry and live actors).
Ultimately, Grandage explained to EW that the "Frozen" fans see on stage will be similar to what they already know and love -- but also an entirely distinctive, exciting live experience.
"There are a number of immediate problems to solve when putting something like 'Frozen' on stage," he told the magazine, "but for every known 'big deal' in the narrative, we've come up with at least one to match that is going to be new for an audience."
We can't wait to see how it all comes together. "Frozen" will debut in a test run in Denver beginning this week, before it bows on Broadway in February 2018.
[via: Entertainment Weekly]