Caissie Levy, who played Fantine in the 2014 revival of Les Misérables and Elphaba in Wicked, will play Elsa, and Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones, Xanadu and currently in NBC’s Chicago Med) will play Anna in Frozen, Disney’s latest ‘toon-to-Times Square musical adaptation. It’s aiming for a spring 2018 Broadway bow.
Frozen will play an out-of-town tryout August 17 through October 1 at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The show is slated for Broadway’s St. James Theatre, which first will undergo an extensive renovation by Jujamcyn Theatres, which owns the house, to accommodate the musical. Frozen will join Disney’s top-grossing The Lion King, running at the Nederlander Organization’s Minskoff Theatre, and Aladdin, running at Disney’s flagship New Amsterdam as Mouse House stands on Broadway.
The principal cast also includes Jelani Alladin as Kristoff, Greg Hildreth as Olaf, John Riddle as Hans and Robert Creighton as Duke of Weselton in the adaptation of the 2013 blockbuster, which won the Best Animated Feature Oscar and grossed $1.28 billion worldwide.
Ahead of rehearsals slated to begin in June, Tony winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie) has replaced Christopher Gattelli as choreographer, who producers said has chosen to leave the show. Ashford and Frozen director Michael Grandage teamed before (on stage for revivals of Evita and Guys And Dolls, and Ashford did the choreography for Disney’s feature film Cinderella. Earlier, Grandage replaced the original director on the project, Alex Timbers.
Frozen is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, which unveiled the cast and creatives today.