Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The Broadway production of "Frozen" opens in New York on February 22, 2018. Prior to that is a 7 week Denver engagement, and I was fortunate to be able to attend.
The preview shows the tale much fleshed out, with a deeper storyline and character development, as well as having a bunch of new songs.
Sven is wonderfully done! And the puppet/person mix of Olaf works very well.
To me, the oddest bit of flow in the show is the shuffling around of scenes to allow Elsa's big number, "Let it Go" to end Act 1. Instead of the song happening right after the big scene at the Coronation, we go through meeting Kristoff, seeing he and Anna interact, and even getting to know Olaf, all before Elsa lets it go. I'd always thought the original freezing of the town was when Elsa fled the Coronation, and the everlasting winter was when she flung about snow and ice and built the ice castle. But here is Anna, cold and shivering and in deep winter when she meets Kristoff. He then provides her with a warn outfit, since we haven't come across Oaken yet.
Everything else goes as expected, with more new and beautiful music and songs added, until love thaws a broken heart.
Much of the staging is rather dark, so that the effects of the ice shine all the brighter. Effects were fine and the brilliant costume change of Elsa is gasp inducing as it is in the other stage productions.
Effects are well done, but not quite 'wow'. I hope they can plus the effects when the show makes it to Broadway.
I hope I'm able to see this show in its final state. It should have a good long New York run and tour the country later on.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
This extra priced event (currently $45 per person) is not billed as actually having a purpose other than having a dessert and hanging out at a great location.
You are seated in retro comfy chairs and couches..and hey, they light up. It is very cool to observe all the goings on in Tomorrowland from high above the crowds. When I was there a band was playing at Tomorrowland Terrace Stage, so added bonus.
There are light sabers to play with and some games. A character or two will visit. You can hang out from 8:00 -10:00 pm. Is that it? Pretty much. Unless there are fireworks scheduled for that evening (and they aren't cancelled due to wind or some other reason).
I found it a very nice way to spend an evening and a welcome escape from the crowds. Great snacks and fireworks from a different viewpoint added to the enjoyment. I give it 4 churros out of 5. Enjoy!