Disney's Frozen to Become Broadway Show

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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.

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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?

2014 Broadway Shows Include Aladdin, Rocky, Les Miserables

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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.

Rocky

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.

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Carly Rae Jepsen Becomes Disney Princess

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Carly Rae Jepsen will go from "Call Me, Maybe" to "Bippity Boppity Boo." Jepsen will make her Broadway debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. She will play the lead role as Cinderella for 12 weeks, beginning Feb. 4.

Jepsen — who first rose to fame when she placed third in the fifth season of "Canadian Idol" — will replace original cast member Laura Osnes. Osnes has received a Tony Award nomination for her role.

Although this is the first time Jepsen will perform on Broadway, she has previous theater experiencing, including her time at the Canadian College of Performing Arts.

Of the role, Jepsen has said, "Broadway has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and I look forward to working with this incredibly talented cast to tell this classic tale. These last few years have been a real fairy tale come to life for me, so I feel especially blessed to play this part and be reminded that you must never stop dreaming!"

While "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland isn't happy about the casting, what do you think?

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J.K. Rowling announced yesterday that she will be working on a play set in Harry Potter's magical world. In a statement, Rowling said that the show will "explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast."

The production will open in the West End in London within the next two years. Although Rowling won't write the play, she will co-produce, alongside Sonia Friedman (The Book of Mormon) and Colin Callender (Lucky Guy). Rowling will also collaborate with the playwright.

For Harry Potter nerds like me who wish the series and film saga had never ended, this could be exciting. But I'm stuck on the part where they'll be focusing on Harry's life before Hogwarts. What? That sounds really depressing! We already know how cruel the Dursleys were to Harry, and we know he was an orphan, and we know he was an outcast. There won't even be magic?

Given that Rowling is actually involved, I know better than to prematurely pass judgment on this play... but still. I already live in the muggle world, and it is boring. Let me learn more about the wizard world, please.

What do you think?