Frozen, A Musical Spectacular to Debut in November Aboard the Disney Wonder

Disney Cruise Line officially announced the rumored Frozen live stage show will debut abroad the Disney Wonder on November 10, 2016 following her extensive dry dock. The new musical production replacing Toy Story The Musical will be called Frozen, A Musical Spectacular and will be presented aboard each sailing of the Disney Wonder in the Walt Disney Theatre. The show will run about 55 minutes and feature the following musical numbers, Frozen Heart, Do You Want to Build a Snowman?, For the First Time in Forever, Love is an Open Door, Let it Go, Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People, In Summer, and Fixer Upper.

DW Frozen A Musical Spectacular Title Treatment

The story will be presented like never before, with an innovative combination of traditional theatrical techniques, modern technology and classic Disney whimsy, completely unique to the Disney Wonder production.

“We’re so excited to bring Frozen, A Musical Spectacular to the stage of the Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Wonder.  The production is going to delight each one of our guests because it’s a story for absolutely everyone in the family,” said Jim Urry, Vice President, Entertainment, Disney Cruise Line.

Frozen, A Musical Spectacular will follow the captivating adventure of royal sisters Anna and Elsa as they embark on a journey to discover the meaning of sisterhood, inner strength and true love. Fans of the film and newcomers alike will be enchanted by favorite characters brought to life onstage along with beautiful renditions of the movie’s iconic music.

DW Frozen Elsa Let It Go Stage Concept

The show features dynamic costumes and sets, remarkable special effects, and spectacular production numbers that will delight Disney Cruise Line guests in new and surprising ways.

DW Frozen Olaf Teaser Stage Concept

DW Frozen Stage Concept

The creative disciplines blend to create a seamless environment – blurring the lines between costume and scenic, set piece and video, puppet and puppeteer – and expand upon the most imaginative elements of the film.

“The story of Frozen is one of the most iconic animated movies ever, so this is a unique and special opportunity to retell the story onboard the Disney Wonder, transporting guests right into the world of Arendelle,” said Kevin Eld, Creative Portfolio Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering.

To adapt this blockbuster animated feature into a quintessential stage production, Eld assembled a team of distinguished creative talent with Broadway credits and theatrical accolades.

DW Frozen Wolf Olaf Character Concept DW Frozen Production Meeting

The production is led by Tony Award-nominated director Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall, Mothers and Sons). Joining the creative team are Tony Award-winning costume designer Paloma Young (Peter and the Starcatcher), choreographer Josh Prince (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), scenic designer Jason Sherwood (Paint Your Wagon), and writer Sara Wordsworth (In Transit).

DW Frozen Pabbie Troll Concept DW Frozen Hans Costume Concept DW Frozen Wolves Costume Concept DW Frozen Bulda Costume Concept DW Frozen Costume Concept

Frozen, a Musical Spectacular will feature music direction by Marco Paguia, projection design by Aaron Rhyne and lighting design by Rui Rita.

DW Frozen In Summer Rehearsal

Dynamic puppetry by Michael Curry, whose designs are featured in Disney’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Lion King, will bring exciting physicality to characters like Sven and Olaf in a similar way as he recently did with Maximus in Tangled The Musical aboard the Disney Magic.

DW Frozen Michael Curry Sven

The production features the popular music and lyrics by the creators of the Frozen film score, Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit, Up Here) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here), and is adapted from the screenplay by four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (Gotta DanceAladdinThe Wedding Singer, Elf).

The 977-seat Walt Disney Theatre provides the perfect setting to immerse audiences in the kingdom of Arendelle and showcase the renowned score. Songs like For the First Time in Forever and Love is an Open Door will be expanded into ensemble pieces, and the film’s wintry wizardry will be realized in lavish production numbers of In Summer and Fixer Upper.

DW Frozen Elsa WDW Theatre

A stand-out moment, the emblematic ballad Let it Go will be transformed into a full-fledged stage spectacle. Complete with real-life magic – transformative scenery, snow flurries and state-of-the-art video technology – this show stopping number will bring Elsa’s enchanted icy blasts to reality like never before.

DW Frozen A Musical Spectacular Title Treatment DW Frozen Ice Palace Chandelier Concept

An entirely separate two-act Broadway production of Frozen is currently being prepared by Disney Theatrical Productions and is slated to join Disney Theatrical’s New York productions of Aladdin and The Lion King for spring 2018 at a theater to be announced. It will have a pre-Broadway engagement starting in summer 2017 in Denver.

Rumors of a Frozen stage show first surfaced following a November 2015 casting notice referencing the closing company of Toy Story. In February of this year, casting notices appeared calling for a number of Frozen characters for Disney Cruise Line’s newest onboard production.

DW Frozen Olaf Rehearsal

DW Frozen Trolls Rolling Rehearsal DW Frozen Sven Rehearsal DW Frozen Anna Kristoff Sven Rehearsal

The debut of Frozen, A Musical Spectacular will occur during the November 10, 2016 4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise departing from Galveston, Texas.

For those looking for a sneak peek, check out the following full show video and review from of the Frozen – Live at the Hyperion at Disney’s California Adventure. The show will not be identical, but I have no doubt there will be many similarities based on the announcement and concept art information released by Disney Cruise Line.

9 Replies to “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular to Debut in November Aboard the Disney Wonder”

  1. Zach

    FYI: this is uses many of the same elements, including the name, of the currently running 70 minute show in DCA

  2. Sharon

    Yeaah! We’re sailing on the Wonder on November 25th, so we’ll finally get to be part of seeing a new show/activity on a ship (we usually miss it by a couple of months).

  3. Ashley

    Bummer we will miss it, going on the Wonder in two weeks, but at least we have another disney wonder cruise planed for Oct. 2017. Guess we will have to wait till than to see it and all the new stuff.

  4. Smith

    We just saw the new Frozen show at DCA. I found it to be a little “flat” with a heavy reliance on digital backgrounds versus physical layers, especially compared to the previous Aladdin show (which we LOVED). It looks like the DCL version is much more of what I had imagined, excited to see they’re “physically” creating the environment which I personally think will make it a better show. Everything else, characters, etc. looks very similar!

  5. Kathy C

    I would love to see the costumes and special effects but to tell the truth I’m a little Frozened out. The songs and characters are great but I think I have just watched it and done the Sing Along at Hollywood Studios too many times. As always thanks for sharing!

  6. Arlopop

    I saw the DCA show a couple weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised (I too was frozened out.). The puppetry was really good and the stagecraft was impressive. The pictures look to me quite similar, so I imagine the Wonder production will be a shorter version.


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