According to reports online, Disney is in the early stages of developing its Golden Globe Award-winning animated musical “Frozen” for the stage.
Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger hinted at a potential stage premiere for “Frozen” in a recent interview with Fortune Magazine. “We’re not demanding speed. We’re demanding excellence,” Iger said of the musical’s development.
It is understood that the project is in development, but it has not been determined whether the musical will be aimed for Broadway or one of Disney’s theme parks.
Earlier this week Frozen won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature. This raises the question, could Frozen‘s considerable success take it all the way to Broadway?
Frozen is Disney’s biggest hit at the box office in almost 20 years. It was the number one all-time Disney animation debut and has grossed $669 million to date, and that is before going worldwide. It will soon pass The Lion King in overall movie box office figures.
The movie’s soundtrack is also the number one album on both Amazon and iTunes. Not since the days of Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast has Disney seen such commercial and critical success from a musical. (That estimate, doesn’t include Pixar movies like Toy Story and Finding Nemo.)
Currently, Disney has Aladdin about to make its debut on Broadway on 20th March 2014. The Lion King has obviously become a huge success, on Broadway, winning six Tony Awards and playing throughout the country and on stages worldwide. It will be interesting to see how Aladdin is received on Broadway, but don’t be surprised if Frozen isn’t hot on its heels.
Monday 13th January 2014