The 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.”