New York’s effervescent Broadway is home to many original musical productions that wow audiences on a daily basis. However, many shows also relate to popular movies, stories or TV shows. Despite this, the teams behind these performances strive to keep their shows fresh and entertaining. Such is the case for the cast and crew behind Broadway’s Frozen the Musical.
During a recent episode of One-on-One with Steve Adubato, the show host spoke to Patti Murin. Murin co-stars in Frozen the Musical in the role of Anna. While speaking to Adubato, she discussed how the production staff keeps the show fresh every night.
Broadway Brings Frozen to Life
The musical is, of course, based on the hit 2013 film Frozen by Walt Disney Animation Studios. A major critical and box office success, the film won two Academy Awards; one for Best Animated Feature and another for Best Original Song (“Let It Go”). In addition, it won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film; not to mention two Grammy Awards for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Song Written for Visual Media. (Again for “Let it Go.”)
Two months after the film’s release, The Walt Disney Company announced a stage adaption of Frozen. After a pre-Broadway tryout run in 2017, the musical officially opened on Broadway on March 22, 2018.
Speaking about the differences between the film and musical, Murin explains the show examines the relationship between Elsa and Anna. For example, the Broadway production expands upon ideas only briefly introduced in the animated film.
“They did such a great job of taking the story that everyone already knew and loved and translating it to the stage,” said Murin. “We have 12 new songs, and there’s so much more opportunity to actually delve into the characters; and what’s great is that they’re animated characters (in the film), and we’re the first people that are actually embodying them.”