Disney Frozen To Great White Way

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Frozen_4The day after Frozen pulled in the Golden Globe for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture, Dis­ney The­atri­cal Prods. has con­firmed that the film is being updated for a pos­si­ble Broad­way pro­duc­tion. The film, which earned over $97 mil­lion after its first five days in wide release, has been the biggest hit for Dis­ney in decades. Frozen would not be the first Dis­ney film to be adapted for stage, it would fol­low such the­atri­cal hits as High School Musical,  Mary Pop­pins, The Lit­tle Mer­maid and The Lion King.

Fol­low­ing that lin­eage, no one is at all sur­prised that Frozen is being looked at for a stage adap­tion (it is a shoe-in for a Dis­ney on Ice tour). To fur­ther strengthen the push for an adap­tion, just notice that Frozen song­writer Robert Lopez cut his teeth on Broad­way musi­cals, and half the ani­mated film’s cast are from a musi­cal stage background.

As tailor-made as the early Dis­ney Renais­sance films were for Broad­way, this new resur­gence seems to fol­low suit. Dis­ney announced at last year’s D23 con­ven­tion that their ver­sion of Rapun­zel, “Tan­gled” is cur­rently being worked up as a cruise ship pro­duc­tion. Obvi­ously, Broad­way is not the only pos­si­ble des­ti­na­tion for these adaptions.

Dis­ney CEO Bob Iger first men­tioned the pos­si­bil­ity to For­tune mag­a­zine. No specifics have been set for when the stage ver­sion will debut… or even if it will. “We’re not demand­ing speed,” Iger said. “We’re demand­ing excellence.”

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