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‘The Robber Bridegroom’ Theater Review: Steven Pasquale Soars But Show Is More ‘Hee-Haw’ Than Southern

13 March 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It’s time for Alex Timbers to direct a traditional Broadway musical like “Hello, Dolly!” or “Showboat.” His eccentric minimalism has brought him Tony nominations for directing such small-scale works as “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” and “Peter and the Starcatcher.” In Timbers’ world, a bolt of blue fabric turns into a waterfall, a piece of rope defines the parameters of a shed, the musicians play on stage, the actors sit around watching each other perform. Timbers now brings us an Off Broadway revival of Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman’s musical “The Robber Bridegroom,”‘ which opened Sunday at Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre. »

- Robert Hofler

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‘Frozen’ Officially Heads to B’way

10 February 2016 2:00 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The cold never bothered Broadway anyway. Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and the rest of the “Frozen” gang are now officially slated to join its Disney brethren “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” on the Great White Way per Disney Theatrical Productions. The musical will play its out-of-town tryout beginning in summer of 2017 at a yet to be determined theater with a Broadway premiere scheduled for spring 2018. Two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (“Peter and the Starcatcher”) is directing, while Tony Award winner Peter Darling (“Billy Elliot”) will choreograph. Additionally, two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus (“The Book of Mormon”) is the music supervisor, and will create vocal and stage arrangements. “Frozen” features music and lyrics from the Oscar-winning creators of the film score, Kristen Anderson-­Lopez and Robert Lopez. Jennifer Lee, the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck), provides the musical’s book. “Frozen” grossed more than $1 billion at »

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"Frozen" Holiday Special, Stage Show Coming

10 February 2016 7:51 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Disney has no intention of letting its "Frozen" cash cow die with plans for both a new ABC Holiday special and an upcoming Broadway show announced.

First up, ABC has revealed that an all-new holiday special starring the whole "Frozen" cast of characters is in the works from "Prep & Landing" helmers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton. "The Frozen Holiday Special" will air Holidays 2017 and involves the original voice cast including Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad.

At the same time, Disney Theatrical Productions chief Thomas Schumacher has made it official that a "Frozen" live stage musical is in the works with plans for a Spring 2018 premiere.

The show will feature music and lyrics by the film's score creators Kristen Anderson‑Lopez and Robert Lopez with a book by Jennifer Lee. Alex Timbers ("Mozart In The Jungle") will direct and Tony‑winner Peter Darling ("Matilda") will choreograph.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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'Frozen' Musical Headed to Broadway

9 February 2016 5:09 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Disney's hit animated movie Frozen will arrive on Broadway as a musical in the spring of 2018, The New York Times reports.

Original Frozen screenwriter and co-director, Jennifer Lee, will pen the book, and music masterminds Robert Lopez (Book of Mormon) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez will compose the score and write the lyrics. All three earned Oscars for their work on the 2013 film: Lee for Best Animated Film with co-director Chris Buck and producer Peter Del Vecho, and Lopez and Anderson-Lopez Best Original Song for "Let It Go."

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‘Frozen’ Musical Headed for Broadway in 2018

9 February 2016 4:03 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Frozen” is finally headed for the Great White Way. A stage adaptation of Disney’s 2012 monster hit will hit Broadway stages in spring of 2018. The show will be from the same people behind the film, songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, responsible for such songs as “Let It Go,” with a book by Jennifer Lee, who wrote the screenplay and co-directed the movie. Also Read: 'Frozen's' Olaf to Appear on Disney Channel's 'Sofia the First' (Photo) Alex Timbers will direct the stage adaptation, with Peter Darling on choreography. New York-based Disney Theatrical Productions division is planning to mount »

- Linda Ge

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Frozen Is Coming to Broadway in 2018, Giving You Just Enough Time to Conceive a Child Who Will Beg You to Take Them to Frozen on Broadway

9 February 2016 2:54 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Do you have a kid yet? If not, better get to work on that — Disney announced Tuesday that the Frozen musical will make its way to Broadway in 2018, with a preview run in another city slated for next summer. The musical will feature music and lyrics from the Oscar-winning duo of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, with a book by Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot). Rocky's Alex Timbers will serve as director. The theater is unknown, but, regardless, you and your future children are going to spend a lot of time waiting outside of it. Let's hope the cold doesn't bother them anyway. »

- Nate Jones

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‘Frozen’ Musical Sets Broadway Timeline, Creative Team

9 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The stage musical adaptation of Disney animated megahit “Frozen” is targeting a Broadway opening in spring 2018, following an out-of-town tryout in the summer of 2017, with exact dates still to be nailed down.

Directed by Alex Timbers (“Here Lies Loves,” “The Pee-wee Herman Show”), the production reunites three key members of the movie’s creative team: songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), who’ll pen additional original songs for the stage incarnation, and screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee, who will write the musical’s book.

Peter Darling, the choreographer who won a Tony for “Billy Elliot” and is currently represented on Broadway with “Matilda,” will choreograph, part of a creative team that will also include Disney regulars Bob Crowley (“Mary Poppins,” “Aladdin,” “An American in Paris”) and Natasha Katz (“Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “School of Rock”). Peter Hylenski (“The Scottsboro Boys,” “After Midnight”) will design the sound, »

- Gordon Cox

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Amazon Renews ‘Mozart In The Jungle’ For Third Season

9 February 2016 6:20 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Amazon has renewed Golden Globe-winning Mozart In The Jungle for a third season. Production will begin later this year. Starring Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke and Bernadette Peters, Mozart In The Jungle will continue the story of the talented, contentious musicians who perform (and live) with passion under the baton of its spirited single-name conductor Rodrigo (Bernal). Executive produced by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers and Paul Weitz, Season 3 will… »

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