Anna and Elsa will continue to meet guests in the Animation Building in Hollywood Land, but fans who want to see the royal sisters on stage will have to wait until Memorial Day weekend, after tomorrow's closure of the sing-along show in the old Muppets theater. Another Frozen-themed show, at the Fantasy Faire theater in Disneyland, closed earlier this year, as Mr. Smyth and Mr. Jones went back to performing Beauty and the Beast and Tangled.
This week, Disney released another preview video of the new Frozen stage show, which replaces the long-running and wildly popular Aladdin production in DCA's Hyperion Theater. This video focuses on the physical changes being made inside the Hyperion, which include the addition of a massive ice chandelier as well as multiple video screens, including an LED board, which will factor into the new production.
An earlier preview video showed rehearsals for the new show, which will be directed by Liesl Tommy, who most recently directed "Eclipsed" on Broadway, starring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o.Tweet
As for MuppetVision, I'm not expecting it to return. I may be wrong, but from what I've heard it sounds like that theater will be used for movie previews going forward (at least for now).
Here's a thought: Why not wait and actually see the show before passing judgment?
No way Frozen will be anywhere near as good as Aladdin. And if they replace something great with something so-so, then we've been short changed.
Frozen was a logical choice to replace it, but I highly doubt Aladdin was cancelled to make way for Frozen, rather Aladdin's run was at it's conclusion, and Frozen came along as a prime choice to take over the Hyperion.
Many Broadway shows use screens (Hamilton uses them extensively, and revivals are integrating them more and more - Phantom, Les Miserables, Chicago, etc...), making the staging of Aladdin a bit antiquated by modern standards. There doesn't appear to be any short changing going on with this show except for the instant appeal of this show to the younger demographic, which will make seats for the new show difficult to come by.
Anytime they replace a great, popular attraction with something that is inferior to it, we've been short changed. Simple as that.
Yes, it became a franchise because it's a huge hit. But lots of us are sick and tired of having Frozen crammed down our throats, all over the parks. Have you even read the message boards during the past couple years?
I firmly disagree. This Frozen musical is being created by people with multiple Tony and Lucille Lortel Award nominations.
Of course, you "couldn't care less about Broadway," so that's not likely to change your mind. But, do you realize that Chad Beguelin is writing the book for this new musical? Perhaps you don't know who he is, but you should. Mr. Beguelin also wrote the book for "Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular".
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