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‘Frozen’ Musical to Replace ‘Toy Story’ on Disney Cruise Line’s Wonder in 2016

FULL DISCLOSURE: Although Disney Cruise Line has stopped short of outright saying so, recent casting calls have announced a new show coming to the Disney Wonder (presumably to replace ‘Toy Story’ whose closure has already been announced). The ‘new’ roles, described below, are scheduled to begin in late summer of 2016.

The following has been officially announced: the new show will be directed by noted Broadway director Sheryl Kaller (‘Mothers and Sons’ and ‘Next Fall’) and choreographed by Joshua Prince (Carole King’s ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Shrek’).

The Frozen roles and descriptions are as follows (in the event you are the one single person who hasn’t yet seen the film):

Elsa: Princess who becomes Queen; fearfully plagued by powers she hasn’t yet learned to control; lives a life of isolation separated from society and those she loves, including her sister. Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano; mix/belt

Anna: Elsa’s younger sister; persistent, daring and highly optimistic; at times reacts impulsively; longs to reconnect with her sister Elsa; readily believes she’s found her one true love in Hans. Vocal Range: Soprano; mix/belt

Hans: Handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom; debonair, charming, possible dark undertones. 5’11”and above. Vocal Range: Baritone/Tenor

Kristoff: Ice harvester; rugged blue-collar type; a little rough around the edges, yet endearingly awkward; not your typical Disney hero; protector and loyal. 6’0” and above. Vocal Range: Baritone

Olaf: A skilled, sophisticated comic actor. A snowman created by Elsa’s magic; kind-hearted with a childlike innocence and honesty that makes him say the painfully obvious with positive gusto; 100% honest, 100% sincere. Song & Dance man. Vocal Range: Tenor; must have a high “A” full voice.

This comes as the next in a string of recent Frozen related announcements including a new animated holiday special airing on ABC in 2017 and the Broadway staged production of Frozen in 2018 (with an out-of-town run in 2017). A staged version of Frozen will also debut at Disney California Adventure’s Hyperion Theatre later this year.

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CONFIRMED: ‘Frozen, A Musical Spectacular’ Coming to Disney Cruise Line Wonder

Confirming a report by Stitch Kingdom made in February, Disney Cruise Line today confirmed that it will be replacing ‘Toy Story’ with a Frozen themed production titled ‘Frozen, A Musical Spectacular’ which will debut on the Disney Wonder beginning November 10, 2016, along with additional enhancements to the ship.

The story will be presented like never before, with an innovative combination of traditional theatrical techniques, modern technology and classic Disney whimsy, completely unique to the Disney Wonder production.

‘Frozen, A Musical Spectacular’ will follow the captivating adventure of royal sisters Anna and Elsa as they embark on a journey to discover the meaning of sisterhood, inner strength and true love. Fans of the film and newcomers alike will be enchanted by favorite characters brought to life onstage along with beautiful renditions of the movie’s iconic music.

The 55-minute long show features dynamic costumes and sets, remarkable special effects, and spectacular production numbers that will delight Disney Cruise Line guests in new and surprising ways. The creative disciplines blend to create a seamless environment – blurring the lines between costume and scenic, set piece and video, puppet and puppeteer – and expand upon the most imaginative elements of the film.

The production is led by Tony Award-nominated director Sheryl Kaller. Joining the creative team are Tony Award-winning costume designer Paloma Young, choreographer Josh Prince, scenic designer Jason Sherwood, and writer Sara Wordsworth (“In Transit”).

‘Frozen, a Musical Spectacular’ will feature music direction by Marco Paguia, projection design by Aaron Rhyne and lighting design by Rui Rita.

Dynamic puppetry by Michael Curry, whose designs are featured in Disney’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical ‘The Lion King,’ will bring exciting physicality to characters like Sven and Olaf.

The production features the popular music and lyrics by the creators of the Frozen film score, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and is adapted from the screenplay by four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin.

The 977-seat Walt Disney Theatre provides the perfect setting to immerse audiences in the kingdom of Arendelle and showcase the renowned score. Songs like ‘For the First Time in Forever’ and ‘Love is an Open Door’ will be expanded into ensemble pieces, and the film’s wintry wizardry will be realized in lavish production numbers of “In Summer” and ‘Fixer Upper.’

A stand-out moment, the emblematic ballad ‘Let it Go’ will be transformed into a full-fledged stage spectacle. Complete with real-life magic – transformative scenery, snow flurries and state-of-the-art video technology – this show stopping number will bring Elsa’s enchanted icy blasts to reality like never before.

An entirely separate two-act Broadway production of ‘Frozen’ is currently being prepared by Disney Theatrical Productions and is slated to join Disney Theatrical’s New York productions of ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Lion King’ for spring 2018 at a theater to be announced. It will have a pre-Broadway engagement starting in August 2017 in Denver.

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