Principal casting completed for Denver launch of 'Frozen'

by John Moore | Jun 16, 2017
Frozen Casting
From left: Kevin Del Aguila, Alyssa Fox, Timothy Hughes and Lauren Nicole Chapman have joined the cast of 40. 'Frozen' opens in Denver on Aug. 17.


Disney Theatrical Productions today announced the remaining cast and creative team for its new Broadway musical Frozen. The new stage adaptation of the popular animated film plays its out-of-town tryout at the Buell Theatre from  Aug. 17-Oct. 1 before joining Disney hits Aladdin and The Lion King on Broadway in spring 2018 at the St. James Theatre.  

Newly named principal cast members are Kevin Del Aguila (Oaken), Timothy Hughes (Pabbie), Andrew Pirozzi (Sven), Audrey Bennett (Young Anna), Mattea Conforti (Young Anna), Brooklyn Nelson (Young Elsa), Ayla Schwartz (Young Elsa), Alyssa Fox (Elsa Standby) and Aisha Jackson (Anna Standby).

Read more about the casting of Caissie Levy as Elsa

Aisha Jackson Jackson is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and has previously performed in Broadway's Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and in  Waitress The Musical. She won a 2014 True West Award for her starring performance in the Arvada Center's Memphis. Aguila wrote the hit musical Altar Boyz. Fox played Elphaba in the national touring production of that played Denver in 2015. Bennett played Gretl Von Trapp in the touring production of The Sound of Music that visited Denver a year ago.

They join the previously announced cast members Caissie Levy (Elsa), Patti Murin (Anna), Jelani Alladin (Kristoff), Greg Hildreth (Olaf), John Riddle (Hans) and Robert Creighton (Duke of Weselton).

The cast of 40 will also feature Alicia Albright, Tracee Beazer, Wendi Bergamini, Ashley Blanchet, James Brown III, Claire Camp, Lauren Nicole Chapman, Spencer Clark, Jeremy Davis, Kali Grinder, Ashley Elizabeth Hale, Zach Hess, Donald Jones Jr., Nina Lafarga, Ross Lekites, Austin Lesch, Synthia Link, Travis Patton, Adam Perry, Jeff Pew, Olivia Phillip, Noah J. Ricketts, Ann Sanders, Jacob Smith and Nicholas Ward.

Brown was a member of the ensemble of Disney's previous pre-Broadway tryout in Denver, The Little Mermaid, in 2007. Lekitas played Tony in the 2011 revival of West Side Story at the Buell. Chapman not only appeared in the national touring production of Kinky Boots that played Denver in 2014, she was part of the cast that sang "Give My Regards to Broadway at the life celebration of DCPA President Randy Weeks.

Bergamini played Franca, the dramatic sister-in-law of Fabrizio, in the first national tour of The Light in the Piazza. Blanchet and Ricketts were here last year in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.

alyssa-fox-photo-by-joan-marcus Based on the 2014 film written by a trio of Oscar® winners, Frozen features music and lyrics by the creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Up Here, Winnie the Pooh, In Transit) and EGOT-winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here) and a book by Jennifer Lee (Zootopia, 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’s director is Michael Grandage, a Tony Award winner (Red) and director of three Olivier Award-winning Outstanding Musicals (Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel and Guys and Dolls).

Frozen is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

(Pictured above and right: Alyssa Fox, right, portrayed Elphaba in 'Wicked' in Denver. Photo by Joan Marcus.)

Single tickets for performances in Denver start at $25 and are on-sale now, with a limit of eight tickets per account. To sign up for email alerts about the Denver engagement, go to Denvercenter.org/Frozen.

Tickets for Broadway performances will go on sale later this year. Visit FrozenTheMusical.com to sign up for Broadway ticket announcements and other news.

Video bonus: Our 2015 interview with Aisha Jackson



Our video interview with Aisha Jackson of 'Frozen' when she was just joining the cast of 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical 'on Broadway. Video by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

Frozen: At a glance
FrozenAt a glance: From Disney, the producer of The Lion King, Mary Poppins and Beauty and the Beast comes the beloved tale of two sisters torn apart and their journey to find themselves and their way back to each other. Be among the first to see this highly anticipated new musical before it makes its Broadway debut. This Broadway-bound Frozen, a full-length stage work told in two acts, is the first and only incarnation of the tale that expands upon and deepens its indelible plot and themes through new songs and story material from the film’s creators.  Like the Disney Theatrical Broadway musicals that have come before it, it is a full evening of theatre and is expected to run 2 1/2 hours.

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Ticket information for Denver:
Single tickets for the pre-Broadway engagement of Frozen are on sale now. Tickets start at $25, with a limit of eight tickets per account

Previous NewsCenter coverage of Frozen
Don't get scammed buying your Frozen tickets
Principal casting announced: Caissie Levy to star as Elsa
Denver Frozen tickets go on sale May 1
Disney confirms director Michael Grandage
Denver dates for Frozen announced
2016-17 Broadway season to include pre-Broadway Frozen

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  1. Bruce Barnes | Aug 15, 2017
    Disney Theatricals, you've left out an important category in your press release. And denvercenter.org, you've also failed to catch the omission. Who is the Music Director? Who will be conducting the live orchestra? It's a MUSICAL. Please give credit where credit is due.
  2. Elsie | Jul 25, 2017

    Seriously, read the article people. Not only is worrying about the race of an actor playing a fictional character ridiculous, but it is uninformed as well. It's insulting to basic literacy.

    The young woman who has some of you in a tizzy is the *understudy!* If you search the names of the two actresses actually playing Anna and Elsa (barring injury or illness), you'll see that they're blonde as can be.

    You can go to the show with your grandkids and enjoy without worrying about having to explain something as simple as "she was the (second) most talented actress for the job."

  3. Jack Carson | Jul 25, 2017
    Got to see it
  4. MAMAQUEEN | Jul 24, 2017
    JC HILARIOUS!! ANNA AND ELSA AIN'T REAL ARE THEY?   THEYRE CARTOON... CARTOON CHARACTERS....NOT EVEN BASED ON A TRUE STORY IS IT?  LOL.....WHEW....WYPIPO!!! LOL....
  5. Sima Gelman | Jul 18, 2017

    When I bought 10 tickets to Frozen, I didn't even think about what color the actresses would be.  I know the DCPA does a great job casting the best person.

    I know my kids and grand-kids will enjoy the story and the music.  They don't see people's color.

    We all have a lot to learn from them!

  6. Sima Gelman | Jul 18, 2017
    I bought 10 Golden Circle tickets to Frozen during pre-sale.  It didn't cross my mind to think about what color the actresses would be.  I plan on taking my children and grand-children.  I know they will enjoy the story and the music.  They don't see color. My generation can learn something from them!
  7. Doug Storm | Jul 18, 2017
    Three words for you weirdos upset about a black actor or actress playing a fictional cartoon character: Let it go. 
  8. JC | Jul 17, 2017
    Breathe easy, y'all.  The snowman will always be white.
  9. LCT 63 year old Great Grandmother | Jul 09, 2017

    It's 2017 people!!!! (my white sisters) We all have our little bit of racism in us. Please don't let it define who you are as a person!!!!                             

    I'm looking forward to taking my 6 racially [mixed] granddaughter's whom the oldest will be 13 soon to  see a Black woman who looks like them play such a role. 

    Stop hating we all live in this world TOGETHER!!!!

    It's about time the role  be given to the Qualified person. 

    It's not based in someones "real life story"

  10. Betty Clarke | Jul 07, 2017

    yep its racial diversity being pushed the wrong way. Cast a white or Chinese woman to play say Aretha Franklin or Beyonce and let the uproar and outrage commence. There is NOTHING wrong with a cast being true to the story being told. Let individual culture live, now that is rich diversity.  Its not bigotry or racism, but what is wrong with characters being cast correctly?  

    So back to racism, would a black child notice if Beyonce was played by a white, blonde woman?  Its common sense, and nothing more.

  11. Kimberly Means | Jun 22, 2017
    I bet if you didn't mention it to your granddaughters they wouldn't notice.  Racism is taught, not inborn.
  12. Vickie Brown | Jun 19, 2017

    If I had known that the casting was going to go this direction, I would not have bought my tickets back during the pre-sale.  Not sure how I'm suppose to explain to my small granddaughters why Anna is now black, and not white like the movie.  The powers that be should have casted according to the movie characters.  If you want to consider that racial, then so be it, still doesn't make it right as far as I'm concerned.  If I can sell my tickets, I will be doing so.

  13. Iotha Beazer | Jun 19, 2017
    In my opinion you are the racist one. Am I wrong ,is Frozen not fictional.  Winnie Mandela is real. Show some love not hate.
  14. Renee Sampson | Jun 18, 2017
    It is very wrong, and cultural appropriation, to cast a Black actress as Anna. 'Frozen' is set squarely in Norweigan/Icelandic culture with it's language, music and lyrics. This is as insulting as casting a White actress as a stand-in for Winnie Mandela or Malala Yousafzai. PLEASE reconsider this outrageous, racist decision.

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