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by David Buchanan|

Gold Derby 

‘Frozen’: Did new musical version of Oscar-winning film melt hearts of Broadway critics? Just a day after a spring Nor’easter blew through New York City, a much more permanent ice storm began to brew on Broadway as “Frozen,” the high-profile stage adaptation of Disney’s billion-dollar grossing animated film, opened at the St. James Theatre on March 22. Following in the screen-to-stage footsteps of other Disney animated movies including “Beauty and the Beast” (1994), “The Lion King” (1997), “Tarzan” (2006), “The Little Mermaid” (2008) and “Aladdin” (2014), “Frozen” hews very closely to the plot of its silver screen predecessor. Directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage (“Red”), Caissie Levy and Patti Murin take on the roles of princesses and sisters Elsa and Anna made famous by Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, respectively.

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Despite the affinity for the animated film, theatre critics responded to the Broadway mounting of “Frozen” less warmly in their reviews. On the positive side, See full article at Gold Derby » Report this