Disney’s readying “Frozen” for Broadway and here, exclusive to The Post, are two of designer Christopher Oram’s new costumes for Anna.
The green robe this princess of Arendelle wears is a gift from the Hidden Folk, mystical creatures who replace the lovable trolls from the movie. The climbing gear is what she wears to trek up to Queen Elsa’s ice palace.
As anyone with a daughter knows, “Frozen” tells the story of two sisters: the aloof Elsa, whose magical powers can freeze the world, and her spunky (unmagical) sister, Anna. When, after years of suppressing her powers, Elsa isolates herself on a faraway glacier, Anna embarks on a journey to find her and bring her home.
“Frozen,” released in 2013, is the highest grossing animated movie of all time. Thomas Schumacher, the head of the Walt Disney theatrical empire, knew it would work on the stage as soon as he saw a rough cut of it, back in 2012.
“I went by myself, late at night, to the screening room and as soon as it was over, I thought, ‘This clearly is a stage musical. The story turns the corner on the songs.’”
Schumacher says he immediately texted John Lasseter, the head of Disney animation, “When do we start on the stage version?”
“Frozen” begins previews next Thursday at Denver’s Buell Theatre. The show, said to cost $30 million, will open on Broadway at the St. James Theater in the spring.
How’s it going so far?
“You’re asking a man in technical rehearsals with a giant musical how it’s going?” says Schumacher. “Are you insane?”
Actually, from what I’m hearing, it’s going quite well. All the beloved songs from the movie are in place, as well as 12 new ones, which impressed people who’ve attended staged readings of the show over the past year.
Schumacher says the…