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Comparison of FROZEN On Ice Versus the New-to-Be Broadway Stage Version

Comparison of FROZEN On Ice Versus the New-to-Be Broadway Stage Version
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I went with my family to see FROZEN The Broadway-Bound Musical on Sepember 23, 2017 in Denver.  I obtained some last minute tickets which was fortunate since the Denver show  was almost sold out.

After seeing Disney On Ice Frozen fifteen times siince my son Joel is in the cast of that show, I wanted to see the musical play while it was still in Colorado.

This version of FROZEN was different than the ice show and the movie since there were new scenes and music.  This version of FROZEN is a considered to be a more grown up and in depth version.

Olaf was a puppet!  I kind of missed the skating Olaf, but the puppet Olaf was so cute and funny.

Kristoff looked different than the Kristoff in the ice show and movie and the Duke was a short actor, but that actor did not resemble the Duke character that is in ice show and movie. Instead of dancing with Anna at the coronation celebration, the Duke led a group tango dance number that was quite fun to watch.

There were human like jungle creatures with tails instead of trolls.  I missed seeing the trolls, but these new creatures seemed to add to what was on stage.

The ice show version of FROZEN doesn’t include Elsa’s and Anna’s parents at all, but the stage version does include them.  (I think the ice show may have left the parents’ death out since the primary audience for the ice show is children.)    This version of FROZEN explains the reason Elsa has powers in the first place is her mother, the queen, was once one of those jungle like magical creatures.

In the second act, there was this really weird scene at the mountain store where the chorus sang about drinking alcohol and being happy and being inside a sauna and they were wearing towels as they sang and danced, but then later, they looked like they were naked and danced with tree branches!!!  There is no mountain store scene in the ice show version and there is no snow monster.

In the ice show version of FROZEN, the snow monster is a huge part of the show since a remote controlled monster blows up and fills the arena as it follows and fights Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf.  I think it would have been nice to have included the snow monster in the musical, but that might have been hard to do on stage.

The Summer scene had only props and only Anna and Kristoff and Olaf (and his puppeteer). In the ice show version, the Summer scene is one of the best scenes since there is a kickline of seagulls, bees, and flowers and it is so entertaining!   I really missed seeing that scene in this Broadway bound version; in my opinion, it should not have been replaced by that weird Sauna scene, but the directors of this version must have their reasons.

The costume changes were done in a really cool manner. When Elsa changed into the beautiful blue dress in “Let It Go,” the costume change was so quick and amazing and almost magical!  I loved seeing the ice castle scenery being built as she sang.

There were no wolves in the forest when Anna and Kristoff first met.   Sven the reindeer was much smaller than the Sven in the ice show and there was only a sled in the beginning of the musical as opposed to the sled being there until it is destroyed by the wolves in the ice show version.

I wish my son Joel had seen this show when he was on his break in Colorado.  After doing over 1300 Disney On Ice Frozen shows he would have enjoyed seeing this very, very good live musical version.  I hope the cast of the ice version of FROZEN has time to go to NYC and to Broadway to see FROZEN on stage while they are touring!

Happy Skating!

JO ANN Schneider Farris

Further Reading:

Jo Ann Schneider-Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com

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