If you're a fan of Disney's newest animated film, "Frozen," you're in luck — a musical adaptation is heading to Broadway. Bob Iger, Walt Disney CEO and Chairman, confirmed the announcement yesterday.
"Frozen," which took a Golden Globe award for Best Animated Film at this year's show, is said to be in early development for the stage. According to Iger, who spoke to Fortune magazine about the endeavor, "We're not demanding speed. We're demanding excellence."
The Disney film has already been a huge hit since its release Nov. 27. The film features the voices of Kristen Bell, Broadway star Idina Menzel, Johnathon Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana. Its soundtrack features 22 different pieces, making it a perfect story to adapt to a Broadway musical. The title song, "Let It Go," is performed by Idina Menzel (who you may remember as the original Elphaba in a little-known musical called Wicked); "Let It Go" has received a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and a Critics' Choice Award for Best Song.
With Disney debuting its latest Broadway production, Aladdin, come March, and with this one in the works, it seems like the company will continue to morph its kid-friendly films into Broadway successes.
This week, it was announced that comedians (and pals) Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David are hard at work on a Broadway play. The reveal comes after Seinfeld did a Q&A on Reddit where he hinted at a "big, huge, gigantic project" he was working on. According to new reports, David has already written a play, and it's possible Seinfeld will star, direct, produce, or be involved in the production in some way.
Seinfeld has previous Broadway experience. In 2011, he produced and directed Colin Quinn's one-man show, Long Story Short (which later went on to be shown on HBO). Similarly, Seinfeld and David have worked closely together on various projects over the years, including "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Although nothing has been confirmed just yet, the possibility is still pretty exciting for most Seinfeld/David fans, who have been eagerly awaiting their next project. Would you see a play involving these two comedians?
While the start of each year tends to inspire a lull on Broadway, there are lots of shows to look forward to in 2014. Shows about the French revolution; shows about German rockstars; shows about poor-beggars-turned-princes; and shows about... Rocky Balboa? Here are a few Broadway productions to look forward to this year.
Type of Show: Musical
Previews: February 11, 2014
Opening Date: March 13, 2014
Synopsis: A debt collector turned club fighter gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he's offered a chance at the world heavyweight championship.
Why Non-Theater Lovers Should Care: Curiosity's sake will probably drive a few to check out Rocky. Rocky Balboa is a character you can root for and it'll be weirdly interesting to see how they managed to turn the film into a musical. Plus, Sylvester Stallone — the writer, director, and star behind the original "Rocky" film — is involved in the project. It may sound bizarre in theory, but the musical could work.
Shakespeare is having a moment. Again. Given that William Shakespeare is arguably the most memorable playwright of all time, it's no surprise that his shows continue not just to be shared and acted in schools, but also on the Broadway stage.
This year, four of Shakespeare's plays made it to the Great White Way — and one was so enthralling, it was worthy of two different renditions.
While some of the Shakespeare shows were modernized (Romeo and Juliet), others stay as close to the original 17th century performances as possible (Richard III/Twelfth Night). Here's a breakdown of the shows that helped make 2013 the "Year of Shakespeare" on Broadway.
Alan Cumming's Macbeth
Starring: Alan Cumming
Opening Date: April 21, 2013
Closing Date: July 14, 2013
About This Rendition: Performed at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Alan Cumming's one-man rendition of Macbeth was called a "tour-de-force that redefines the term" by Associated Press. The critically acclaimed show featured Cumming playing each role in Macbeth, but with a twist: the entire thing took place in an asylum ward.
It was announced this week that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will be closing its doors Jan. 4, 2014. But the show, which is currently performed at Foxwoods Theatre, won't be gone for good. Instead, the flashy production will head to Las Vegas, joining other theater shows such as Jersey Boys and Blue Man Group.
When Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark opened on Broadway, many feared it wouldn't last long. Prior to its debut, it had gained quite a bit of traction, but for all the wrong reasons; many were talking about its production-related troubles, including a need to retool the book and score, as well as stunt-related issues. Rehearsals and previews were both dragged on longer than anticipated when several actors were injured during the process. In fact, Spider-Man currently holds the record for longest preview period in history, with 182 performances.
Michael Cohl — producer for Spider-Man — told AP, "We can have a more exciting and better show in Las Vegas. To me, Las Vegas is the town of show business. ...If you look at our show, it's much, much more a spectacle and a Vegas show than a Broadway show. So I think we're going to have a great time there."