Video: The 'Frozen' interviews, Part 4: Choreographer Rob Ashford


The choreographer calls the new Broadway musical’s mingling of old and new songs ‘seamless’

In advance of the Denver debut of the upcoming new Broadway musical Frozen on Aug. 17, we present you with this series of interviews with members of the cast and creative team.

Travis Patton, Rob Ashford & James Brown III Photo by Jenny AndersonPart 4: Choreographer Rob Ashford, who says the mingling of old and new songs is surprisingly seamless. “When I first heard all the new music, I was like, ‘Is that a new song? I’m not sure.’ Because they all feel like they could have absolutely been in the film.”

Ashford says he had something of a blank slate because there is not much dancing in the animated source film. He’s points to the Coronation Ball as an example of a scene he thinks the movement really works. “Anna sees Elsa across the room and she is thrilled to see her sister again, but doesn’t know how to approach her,” said Ashford,” and so all of those things are done through dance.” He calls choreographing Frozen “a joy and a privilege.”

Interview by Senior Arts Journalist John Moore. Video by DCPA Video Producer David Lenk. Frozen plays in Denver through Oct. 1.

(Pictured above, from left: Travis Patton, Rob Ashford and James Brown III. Photo by Jenny Anderson.)

The full Frozen video series:
Part 1: Caissie Levy and Patti Murin
Part 2: Director Michael Grandage
Part 3: Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer of Disney Theatrical Productions
Part 4: Choreographer Rob Ashford

Frozen: Ticket information

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.

  • Presented by Disney Theatrical Productions
  • Aug. 17-Oct. 1
  • Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
  • Single tickets are onsale now. Tickets start at $25, with a limit of eight tickets per account
  • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY NOW
  • Sales to groups of 10 or more click here

Photo gallery: Making of Frozen

‘Frozen’ photo gallery in Denver. To see more, click the forward arrow on the image above. Rehearsal photos by Jenny Anderson.

Previous NewsCenter coverage of Frozen
Our exclusive first interview with Caissie Levy, Patti Murin
Frozen performance added for Friday, Aug. 18
Don’t get scammed buying your Frozen tickets
Video: Your first look at Frozen in Denver
Principal casting announced: Caissie Levy to star as Elsa
Meet the entire cast of Frozen
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

More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

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