Next month, your favorite characters from Disney's animated blockbuster Frozen will return in the short film Frozen Fever, attached to prints of Cinderella. But Disney is also working on a musical adaptation of the hit movie, which is the top-grossing animated movie of all time with over $1.2 billion worldwide. Today, Disney confirmed that Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote the classic songs for the feature film, will be coming back to write songs for the stage musical. Here's what Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, had to say in a brief statement.
"As has already been announced, Disney Theatrical is working on a stage adaptation of the animated film Frozen. It will come as no surprise that the EGOT-winning Broadway veteran Robert Lopez and the Oscar and Grammy winning Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote the indelible songs for the film, will be working on the show and that Oscar winner Jennifer Lee, co-director and screenwriter of the film, will be working on the book of the stage version. No other staffing or dates have been announced."
Another unconfirmed report from The Daily Mail speculated that the adaptation will debut on Broadway at some point in 2017. However, Disney has not confirmed that the musical will even debut on Broadway, referring to it simply as "a stage adaptation." While it's possible that it may end up on Broadway, that has yet to be confirmed, but since the stage play is certainly in the works, hopefully we'll have more concrete details soon. The Daily Mail's report also revealed that Alex Timbers, who directed the Mozart in the Jungle pilot for Amazon Studios, is attached to direct the stage play, but his involvement has yet to be confirmed by Disney.
Jennifer Lee will make her stage debut by writing the book for this musical, although Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are no stranger to the stage. They have composed the music for Broadway hits such as Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon, just to name a few. Are you excited to learn more about Frozen's stage musical? Let us know what you think below.