Frozen review: Music and actors inspire, but show lacks creativity
For children who are fans of the Disney movie Frozen, there is plenty to smile about. However, their parents may not be quite as impressed.
The 2013 movie grossed $1.3 billion worldwide, and the musical adaptation provides kids with plenty of entertainment, telling the story of Elsa and her goofy sister Anna. Kids will be enthralled with the antics of Sven the reindeer and Olaf the snowman.
Despite their kids’ excitement, parents may feel a little disappointed as the production doesn’t do much to remain fresh and unpredictable. It is a well-polished adaptation, that’s for sure, but it lacks imagination and is unable to truly surprise.
The team behind the movie includes the creator Jennifer Lee and composers and lyricists Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The show is directed by Michael Grandage. Despite a well-run machine, it seems that the team simply ported the film version directly to the stage, failing to utilize the creative spark that made the film so successful in the first place. If you’ve already seen the movie, there isn’t much here to justify the Broadway price tag as the plot follows pretty closely, except for a few minor tweaks.
The addition of several new songs will be a plus for children and parents alike. Let it Go, the Oscar-winning single that helped catapult the movie to fame, remains the most important moment of the play, however.
Christopher Oram’s stage design leaves a lot to be desired. It doesn’t look bad, per se, but it seems to lack creative direction. For a musical based on such a visually stunning film, there is a lot more to expected than what Disney delivers in this adaptation. Fortunately, the lighting directors do an excellent job of keeping the colors popping.
The cast deserves a lot of credit here. Caissie Levy and Patti Murin are both fantastic singers and actors, bringing a ton of personality to the stage and keeping kids enthralled. If only they were given a more creative adaptation to really let themselves shine. Still, this is a fun enough performance, it just won’t dazzle as much as the original film.