When Disney Cruise Line’s reimagined Disney Wonder sets sail from Galveston, Texas on November 10, 2016, it will have a new production show in the form of “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular” along for the ride.
Marking the “first time in forever” that the hit animated film “Frozen” has been featured in a full theatrical performance on the cruise line, the new show will be exclusive to the Wonder and feature all the hallmarks of a Disney performance from classic techniques to modern technology.
Soon after Disney California Adventure lifted the curtain on its own “Frozen” musical and ahead of the two-act Broadway rendition scheduled to launch in New York in spring 2018, the Disney Cruise Line version is said to be “completely unique.”
“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.
Of course, “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular” will tell the story of Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and their friends like Sven and Olaf who will be brought to life with puppetry by Michael Curry, responsible for designs in Disney’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “The Lion King.” The overall show is being overseen by Tony Award-nominated director Sheryl Kaller (“Next Fall,” “Mothers and Sons”) and Kevin Eld, Creative Portfolio Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering.
Also on 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”). The music direction of Marco Paguia, projection design of Aaron Rhyne and lighting design of Rui Rita will additionally be featured.
“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 Eld.
The Disney Wonder’s 977-seat Walt Disney Theatre will host the music and lyrics of score creators Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Up Here”) and Robert Lopez (“Avenue Q,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Up Here”), as well as the adapted screenplay of four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (“Gotta Dance,” “Aladdin,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Elf”).
Numbers like “For the First Time in Forever” and “Love is an Open Door” will be expanded into ensemble pieces, and “In Summer,” Fixer Upper” and “Let it Go” will be standouts in their own right. Bringing it all together will be a breathtaking blend of expert costumes, sets and special effects such as transformative scenery, snow flurries and dynamic video elements.
It is not known whether or not the new Frozen musical will replace an existing Disney Wonder production, but it will likely displace “Disney Dreams – An Enchanted Classic,” “The Golden Mickeys” or “Toy Story – The Musical,” so be sure to get your final viewings of those productions in beforehand just in case.