AceShowbiz - First look at the main stars in full costume in the Broadway musical adaptation of "Frozen (2013)" has arrived in the form of photo. Making its way out online via Entertainment Weekly, the photo introduces Patti Murin as Anna, Caissie Levy as Elsa, Jelani Alladin as Kristoff, and John Riddle as Hans.
The actor who plays Hans has previously shared on Instagram a behind-the-scenes image from an icy set. It offers fans a cool glimpse of the magical ice that will be featured in the upcoming stage adaptation of the 2013 Disney animated film. He can be seen carefully crossing a bridge which is seemingly created by Elsa.
Set in the wintry, Norwegian-inspired kingdom of Arendelle, "Frozen" takes its stage cues from both the well-known tenets of the film and the minds of its all-star creative team including Tony-winning director Michael Grandage, choreographer Rob Ashford and scenic/costume designer Christopher Oram. The musical will feature a staggering 31 songs.
"The interesting thing about a movie is that it's going to be exactly the same tomorrow night, whereas a staged piece is absolutely not, and that's our greatest asset," says Grandage, the celebrated British director and namesake of The Michael Grandage Company. "I'm not particularly interested in slavishly replicating a movie onstage, because it won't challenge anybody."
"We've got so many assets at our disposal where we can take that whole experience further," Grandage continues. "We can present things in new ways. We've got a bigger narrative arc. We've got more songs than the movie, and an opportunity to develop storylines in greater depth."
He adds, "But the thing we can do most of all is have real, live, breathing, beating hearts in front of people in the dark." He says he "needed a cast where it wasn't just going to be people who brilliantly pumped out some famous numbers, because I knew we had a bigger book and a bigger arc to explore and, in places, a really highly emotional journey."
"Frozen" the musical will have its world premiere at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on August 17 for a week-long trial run. It will move to Broadway's St. James Theatre in February 2018. Tickets for the February Broadway premiere went on sale on Monday, and they're sold out on Ticketmaster in hours, according to MarketWatch.
And now tickets are already being resold on Ticketmaster for a whopping $10,000 each for balcony seats. For those who can't afford to pay it, you can buy orchestra seats which are going for a $5,000 a ticket in resale.