Yes we are of course SOUTH WALES LIFE but we do also feature shows and events you may like – Out Of Town. There are some shows however, which are so huge and going to cause so much nagging in households across the country, that it would be wrong for us not to feature them. We also will give you the very latest information on how to get tickets, because trust us, this one is going to be phenomenal.
We are of course talking about the incredible FROZEN: THE MUSICAL.
There is so much we could but actually don’t need to say about the show. It’s Frozen, it’s on stage and that’s all we really need to know.
It is of course based on the smash-hit Disney film of the same name, FROZEN: THE MUSICAL arrives in London this autumn at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Sisters Elsa and Anna both struggle with Elsa’s uncontrollable magical powers after they inherit the kingdom of Arendelle. When Elsa accidentally freezes their kingdom and endangers Anna, she must discover the meaning of true love to save the day.
Will she be able to melt Arendelle, and her heart along with it? Featuring the iconic songs ‘Let it Go’ and ‘Love is an Open Door’, FROZEN: THE MUSICAL adapts the beloved animated film into a magical stage spectacular that will delight us all and melt even the most FROZEN of hearts.
Here’s a look at the railer for the Broadway production.
So, let’s give you the SOUTH WALES LIFE Frozen facts as we have them. Just bear in mind that a lot of what we say is only based on the information we have on the Broadway production….
- Casting for the West End production is to be announced. The Broadway production currently stars Caissie Levy as Elsa, Patti Munn as Anna, Ryann Redmond as Olaf and Noah J. Ricketts as Kristoff.
- The story is inspired by “The Snow Queen”, a story by beloved fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen. The musical features music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, with a book by Jennifer Lee, the three of whom wrote the music and screenplay for the original 2013 film.
- A running time for the London production is to be confirmed, but the Broadway production runs for 2 hours and 15 minutes, including an interval.
- The Broadway production was recommended for ages 8+ and not recommend for anyone under the age of 4. Exact London age recommendations are yet to be announced.
The opening times and performance schedule for the UK is now confirmed and is at the bottom of this page.
The truly remarkable thing about Frozen is that in a musical that features a song as poignant as ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman?’, as uplifting as ‘For the First Time in Forever’, or as funny as ‘In Summer’, there is one song that towers above them all, glittering like a freshly made ice palace.
We are talking, of course, about ‘Let it Go’, the song which, when Frozen was released in the winter of 2013, became a sensation among anyone with ears. It reached the top five in the charts here and the States, sold 10.9 million copies in a year and won the Academy® Award for Best Original Song. Adults loved it, but it was a track that bewitched children – causing them to drive their parents to the brink of insanity by obsessively playing it over and over again.
So, like almost 2 Billion people have done, let’s sing it all over again. Turn up the volume now and LET IT GO………
It was the kind of magic about which pop song producers could only dream. After all, if it was that easy to make a catchy song, then everyone would be doing it. But what made ‘Let it Go’ work where so many others have not? What is the secret to its sorcery? Disney asked two music experts for their thoughts.
One theory for the incredible catchiness of ‘Let it Go’ is that it’s a musical number that owes more to pop music than to Broadway.
Dr Vasco Hexel who teaches composition for screen at the Royal College of Music……
“‘Let it Go’ is basically a hit single that we get in the middle of a Disney film. “It’s not as lush or as complicated as a musical theatre piece might otherwise be. The structure is quite streamlined so you get a very clear sense of verse / chorus / verse / chorus and that’s what makes pop songs so catchy – the immediate accessibility. They’re immediately catchy because there’s an economy of style – there is so little material, but in the best possible way. An effective pop song has to feel familiar the first time you hear it.”
Yet while it’s true that ‘Let it Go’ shares similarities with pop music, its success cannot simply be attributed to the fact that it sounds like a pop song. Instead, its power lies in occupying a space somewhere between pop and musical theatre.
Dr Christopher Wiley is a Senior Lecturer in music at the university of Surrey……
“It eludes classification. It does owe a lot to pop music, but you can’t ignore the strong musical theatre credentials. It’s written by Robert Lopez, who has worked on Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon, and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez. We’ve also got Idina Menzel singing it, who is well known to musical theatre audiences from Rent and Wicked. ”
“It is unusual for a Disney song, because it does have this journey but starts very bleakly, in a minor key. It sounds like it’s going to be a piano ballad, like it’s going to be a quiet, reflective number. It doesn’t sound like the kind of thing that might close the first half of a musical theatre show and leave the audience singing it during the break.”
I can tell you that the stage musical has around 14 new songs, so even more for us to sing a long too.
So let’s get onto FROZEN: THE MUSICAL, how you can get tickets and when is it being performed. Let’s give you the schedule as we have it……..
Previews are from 30th October to 10th November (This will be our first chance to see it on stage).
Performances run from 12th November (There will be an official Gala Night and if our calculations are correct it will be Wednesday 11th November. TBC)
- Wed – Sat: 7pm | Thu & Sat: 2.30pm
- Sun: 1pm & 5.30pm
Access & Relaxed Performances
- Signed Performance | Sunday 7th February 2021 at 1pm
- Relaxed Performance | Sunday 28th February 2021 at 12.30pm
- Audio Described Performance | Sunday 21st March 2021 at 1pm
- Captioned Performance | Sunday 28th March 2021 at 5.30pm
And now the all important question, how do we get tickets? And it’s a simple answer really. Patience. If you haven’t signed up for early booking you’ve missed the vut off point for that I’m afraid.
- Priority booking begins late January
- Groups and education booking begins 24th February
- General on-sale begins 6th March
- Performances begin 30th October
The Disney FROZEN: THE MUSICAL site is brilliant and has so many behind the scenes videos included. Have a look while you wait patiently for those tickets to come up. To check out and sign up, go here. FROZEN