After 6 years of waiting Disney have finally granted our wishes and have released the sequel to one of their biggest and most popular movies, Frozen.
Set three years after the events of the original, the story follows Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven who embark on a journey beyond their kingdom of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa’s magical powers and save their kingdom after a mysterious voice calls out to Elsa.
There’s part of me which wants to sit here and discuss every single aspect of Elsa and Anna’s latest adventure, from their beautiful character development to the stunning new score, but the thing is, the film’s still so new. I would hate to get carried away and ruin ant part of the film for anybody still waiting for their chance to see the film.
That being said I couldn’t let this brilliant film pass without sharing at least one Frozen themed article. In this piece I thought we could take a look at some of the Broadway stars responsible for bringing this magical film to life.
Idina Menzel – Elsa
It goes without saying that Idina Menzel is one of the biggest and most respected names on Broadway, and it’s certainly not hard to see why.
In 1996 Idina made her Broadway debut as Maureen in the original company of the smash hit musical Rent and has since gone on to star in productions such as Funny Girl, Hair, If/Then and Aida.
Before Frozen however, Idina was best known for originating the role of Elphaba in the worldwide phenomenon Wicked. She’s played the role on both Broadway and in the West End and can be heard on both the original cast album and the 15th Anniversary album.
Kristen Bell – Anna
Although best known for her TV and film roles, Kristen Bell actually began her career on Broadway in the 2001 adaptation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the 2002 adaptation of The Crucible.
She has since gone on to star in a wide variety of films and TV shows such as Bad Moms, Gossip Girl and The Good Place to name but a few.
Johnathan Groff – Kristoff
Like Idina, Johnathan Groff is Broadway royalty. He began his Broadway career in 2005 when he joined the company of In My Life at the Music Box Theatre. He became a firm fan favourite in 2006 when he originated the role of Melchior in Spring Awakening and has since stared in productions of Hair, The Pirates of Penzance, Little Shop of Horrors and of course, he originated the role of King George III in Hamilton.
If that wasn’t enough, in 2010 Johnathan joined his Spring Awakening star Lea Michele and our very own Queen Elsa as Jesse St James in the American musical comedy, Glee.
Josh Gad – Olaf
In 2005 Josh made his Broadway debut when he originated the role of William Barfée in the new musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Since Josh has had an incredibly successful film and TV career, but returned to the Great White Way in 2011 when he originated the role of Elder Cunninham in the musical comedy, The Book of Mormon.
Of course Josh’s film credentials go on and on, but I’m particularly fond of his performance as the lovable Lefou in Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast.
So there we have it, a very short round up of the links between Frozen 2 and Broadway! Were you already aware of all of these or did any come as a surprise?
I find it so exciting that Disney has not only recognised the immense talent of Broadway stars like Idina and Johnathan, but they’ve also cast them in the lead roles in some of their biggest films! Long may this trend continue!
Images courtesy of Google Images.
Videos courtesy of YouTube.