Disney confirms director, August launch for 'Frozen' in Denver

by John Moore | Sep 27, 2016

Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage will direct 'Frozen,' which will launches in Denver on its way to Broadway. He is also slated to direct an upcoming film version of 'Guys & Dolls'. Photo by Marc Brenner.


Tony and Olivier Award-winning director Michael Grandage and Tony and Olivier Award-winning scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram are confirmed for the creative team of Frozen, a new musical based on Disney’s Academy Award-winning musical film, slated to open at Broadway’s St. James Theatre in spring 2018.  
 
Frozen will play its out-of-town tryout at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017 before joining the Disney hits Aladdin and The Lion King on Broadway.

frozenFrozen, featuring the Oscar-winning hit song "Let It Go," is  the highest-grossing animated film in history, and is a part of the DCPA's 2016-17 Broadway season. It continues a strong pipeline from Disney to Denver, which hosted the launch of national touring productions of The Lion King and Peter and the Starcatcher as well as the pre-Broadway engagement of The Little Mermaid. For information on the Denver engagement, visit DenverCenter.org.
 
Michael Grandage is the recipient of Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Evening Standard, British Critics’ Circle and South Bank Awards. His Olivier Award-winning musicals include Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel and Guys & Dolls. Grandage is confirmed to direct 20th Century Fox’s film remake of Guys & Dolls (John Goldwyn and Working Title producers).  Grandage received a Tony Award for Best Direction for Red and two Tony nominations for Best Direction for Frost/Nixon with Michael Sheen & Frank Langella and The Cripple of Inishmaan with Daniel Radcliffe. Grandage served as Artistic Director of London’s Donmar Warehouse for 10 acclaimed seasons prior to establishing the Michael Grandage Company (MGC) in 2012. As Artistic Director of MGC, he directed Photograph 51 with Nicole Kidman, Henry V with Jude Law, The Cripple of Inishmaan with Daniel Radcliffe, Peter and Alice with Judi Dench & Ben Whishaw, and the feature film Genius. Visit his web site at MichaelGrandageCompany.com
 
Christopher Oram is the recipient of Tony, Olivier, Evening Standard, British Critics’ Circle, Garland, Ovation and Falstaff Awards for his work both here in the U.S. and in the U.K.  Recent work on Broadway includes the scenic and costume designs for Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Evita, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (scenic design) and the Donmar Warehouse productions of Red, Hamlet with Jude Law and Frost/Nixon.  Also, Photograph 51 (West End) with Nicole Kidman, Macbeth with Kenneth Branagh (Park Avenue Armory), King Lear with Derek Jacobi (BAM), and the Glyndebourne production of Billy Budd (BAM).
 
Frozen is written by a trio of Oscar® winners. As previously announced, the show features music and lyrics by the creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit, Up Here) and EGOT-winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here) and a book by Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph), the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck). Frozen  won 2014 Oscars for Best Song (“Let It Go”) and Best Animated Feature.
 
Frozen is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.
 
Casting and Broadway dates will be announced at a future date.



Video bonus: On Michael Grandage's recent film, Genius

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Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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