|Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa and Disney's current reigning queen) photographed for GO magazine|
The official news:Yes - don't rush - you have a big job there.. and please revisit some of the story issues while you're there please? Kthxbai.
One day after won the Golden Globe, Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed to that the studio is in talks to turn the animated hit into a Broadway musical. No date has been confirmed for when the stage version will debut. “We’re not demanding speed,” Iger said. “We’re demanding excellence.”
So the main questions regarding Frozen-the-Musical (ugh - that sounds hokey) are:
1) Will they bow to pressure from almost every source and write more of Elsa, the Snow Queen's story (and thus make it reflect more of the spirit of the original fairy tale - though more of the plot is pretty much a solid "ain'tgonnahappen") or will they just add more songs?
2) How on earth are they planning to design, pull of a production that can run every night of the week (and sometimes more) that won't let the Frozen fans down in terms of the magical ice and snow stuff (because, let's face it, THIS is what people are going to come to see: Let It Go and the ice castle construction).
3) They will rewrite for the stage, it's unavoidable - but what will the emphasis be? Will they fix some of those glaring holes the movie has?At least the Fixer Upper song will be more at home, as will Love Is An Open Door. They are two examples of just-fine-but-completely-unnecessary-for-the-main-story songs that Broadway is good at using, for getting those tricky backstage mechanical set-ups in place and working in time and for lengthy/complicated costume changes - something fun that the audience doesn't mind get sidetracked with a little because in the back of your mind you're aware that in a very physical sense, they need time to get the next piece of awesome ready (something you DON'T need in a movie by the way because.. it's a movie. :/ )
(And, honestly, it would be a fantastic project to work on! I wish those employed to do so, the very best.)
While this news tends to send Frozen fandoms into ecstatic comas of joy (or worry, since Idina probably won't be involved), I thought it would be fun and inspiring to have a look at a few recent and very different Snow Queen productions that most definitely ARE fairy tales after Andersen's story (and I'm going to stick with theater and not even delve into ballet & dance because that's a whole other set of posts for another time!).
I'm going to start the round-up after the jump and then continue in upcoming posts (otherwise this would be as long as a football field with all the lovely pics! :)
✒ ✒ Click the "Read more" link below for the first highlight in the Theatrical Snow Queen Round-up ✒ ✒
First up: San Jose Repertory Theater's musical The Snow Queen.
Look at the purty poster by Ignition Designs! I love it.
This world premiere adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s coming-of-age fairy tale asks, "what does it mean to lose one’s innocence?"
Despite how simple this looks the story is clear, beautiful and feels magical yet human. I really like how well all the elements were handled in this - balanced together in order to make a more beautiful whole, rather than going to town on (for example) a Snow Queen costume that doesn't quite live in the same world as the rest of the story.
At time of writing I have FIVE more posts coming - and already scheduled to post - highlighting recent, but different, Snow Queen productions. So keep checking back.