Future audiences of the Broadway musical hit Frozen will soon find that the show has undergone some changes since their last visit to the St. James Theatre. Starting February 18, 2020, the reprise of the number For the First Time in Forever,” sung by the sisterly duo of Elsa and Anna, will be replaced by the duet “I Can’t Lose You.” The song, which deepens the audience’s understanding of these two characters and their devotion to one another, comes from the musical’s National Tour where it was first introduced.
Additionally, a song is being added to the production for the character of Kristoff, played by Noah J. Ricketts. “What Do I Know About Love?” will explore the character’s evolving feeling toward Anna. Also, expect some other changes including the trimming down of “Hygge,” and the complete excising of Anna’s second act solo song, “True Love.” All musical changes are being made with Frozen’s Academy Award-winning composing team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez’s participation.
The interpolation of the new songs comes as a new set of stars enter the Broadway production. Ciara Renée and McKenzie Kurtz will play Elsa and Anna respectively, succeeding original cast members Caissie Levy and Patti Murin. Also joining the cast in the role of Prince Hans will be recent Wicked alum and Disney sitcom star Ryan McCartan.
Frozen is a stage adaptation of the hit 2013 film of the same name, and is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Snow Queen. Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez won an Academy Award for the song “Let it Go,” one of the handful of songs they crafted for the film. For the Broadway stage production, the duo augmented their score with additional songs. Jennifer Lee, who wrote and directed the film, adapted her screenplay for the stage. Michael Grandage directed the show (which continues to run at Broadway’s St. James Theatre) and Rob Ashford provided the choreography.
Frozen was nominated for a 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, released on October 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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