A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they'll learn that to find it they'll have to look inside themselves first.
"...But what sold me on this show was its emotional impact: How eloquently it portrays the bond between the sisters Elsa and Anna. We meet them as girls, when they're played by the enchanting Alyssa Kim and Stella R. Cobb (alternating with Jaiden Klein and Arwen Monzon-Sanders), the closest of friends until Elsa accidentally injures Anna with her ice magic. The girls are separated, the palace doors are shut, Anna's memory of the incident is erased and she is left baffled and yearning for her sister. By the day of Elsa's coronation, the characters have grown up to be portrayed by Caroline Bowman (Elsa) and Caroline Innerbichler (Anna)."
"...This musical, magically appropriate for children and adults, includes a tidy love-story twist (we're spoiling nothing by saying that Mason Reeves makes an adorable Kristoff, the iceman) and a lesson about the perils of hiding our fears and stifling our talents."
"...Direct from Broadway, Disney's Frozen officially kicks off its national tour at the Hollywood Pantages after a tryout in Schenectady, NY, and it's the hygge snowblast we need. Based on the 2013 Academy Award-winning animation (currently the 15th highest-grossing film of all time), this stage musical adaptation - directed with proficient flair by Michael Grandage - is a cozy winter treat for children and adults alike."
"...But it's probably time to let it go. Disney's role in modern-day Broadway's boom (and in fact in revitalizing the actual New York City neighborhoods that make up the theater district) cannot be underestimated. Plus, any musical that even before it's out of the gate counts millions of tiny superfans - many dressed in princess gowns, wigs and fancy shoes for the L.A. opening - has already accomplished more than most ever will."
"...The direction by Michael Grandage is pedestrian and uninspiring. Rob Ashford's overly athletic choreography consists mostly of twirling and lifting. Christopher Oram's costumes are lush but his sets are mostly just large and spare. A lot of the magical ice effects seem to be more a result of Natasha Katz's lighting design. Magic is what is lacking throughout much of this production. I did not think it very magical when Elsa's clothing blew off her body as she "let it go". Instead I thought they finally found a use for that wind machine Gypsy Rose Lee's mother bought to aid her daughter's burlesque routine. However, the little girls in the audience loved it."
"...The standout of the cast is Innerbichler, who infuses Anna with personality the animated version of the character never really got to have. Whether she's dueting on "Love Is An Open Door" with her love interest, Hans (Austin Colby, also delightful) or excitedly bouncing around her bedroom during "The First Time in Forever," she brings an endearing awkwardness and likability to the character that really drives the emotional arc of the story forward. Haynie, who visibly walks around the stage manipulating an Olaf puppet while singing, in probably the best easily feasible version of doing this they could come up with, is another highlight, drawing laughs whenever he appears."