LEARN MORE ABOUT FROZEN JR.
Frozen JR. traces its roots to the Hans Christian Andersen story, “The Snow Queen.” Originally published in Danish in 1845, this fairy tale tells the story of two friends, Kai and Gerda. Kai is lured away by an evil Snow Queen and Gerda sets out to find him, eventually melting his frozen heart and rescuing him from the Snow Queen. “The Snow Queen” is one of Andersen’s most beloved fairy tales.
“The Snow Queen” has received numerous adaptations in many mediums. In fact, Walt Disney first considered adapting The “Snow Queen” for the screen in the late 1930s and early 1940s as part of a biographical film of Hans Christian Andersen’s life, interspersed with animated segments depicting his most beloved stories. While that project never came to fruition, the idea of adapting “The Snow Queen” into an animated film floated around the Walt Disney Company for decades. In the 1970s, a never-built attraction was designed for Disneyland based on the story, and a number of animators took a stab at adapting it into an animated film over the years. At the time, no one was able to crack the story; they were repeatedly plagued by the challenge of a titular character who is the villain and has little agency.
In 2011, the idea of adapting “The Snow Queen” once again reemerged at the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, musical theater writers who had previously worked with Disney writing songs for Finding Nemo: The Musical at Walt Disney World and the 2011 film Winnie the Pooh, came on board to write songs for the film. To write the screenplay, the studio looked to Jennifer Lee, who was also working on Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph. She would also co-direct the film with Chris Buck, who had previously directed TARZAN®.
Unlike previous attempts, this team had a breakthrough to unlock the story: They created a sibling bond at its core between Anna and Elsa (loosely based on Gerda and the Snow Queen), raising the stakes and allowing the audience to feel for Elsa more deeply. Frozen was released on November 22, 2013 and was an instant hit. Audiences were captivated by the story and music, and the film went on to become the highest-grossing animated film to date. Frozen received the Academy Award® for Best Animated Picture, and “Let It Go” peaked at #5 on the Billboard “Hot 100” chart and won the Academy Award® for Best Original Song.
Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions, attended an early screening of the movie and immediately asked the studio when he could get started on a stage adaptation. Lopez and Anderson-Lopez fleshed out their 8 songs from the film into a full theatrical score consisting of 19 songs. Jennifer Lee adapted her screenplay into the book of the musical, deepening the bond between the sisters and delving further into the emotion of the story. Michael Grandage, an acclaimed director who was brought onto the project, highlighted the epic themes running through the show, finding a balance between fairy tale and myth. With choreography by Rob Ashford, music supervision by Stephen Oremus, scenic and costume designs by Christopher Oram and lighting by Natasha Katz, Frozen opened on Broadway on March 22, 2018 and received three Tony Award® nominations, for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score.
Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.
A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AUTHORS
music and lyrics by kristen anderson-lopez
Kristen Anderson-Lopez's Broadway credits include: co-creator/writer of In Transit (Broadway's first a cappella musical) and Frozen. Other theatrical works include Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse), Finding Nemo: The Musical (Disney World, running since 2006). Film: Pixar's Coco (Oscar® Best Original Song win for "Remember Me"), Frozen (Oscar and Grammy Award® wins for "Let It Go"), Winnie The Pooh. TV: songs for 87th Academy Awards (Emmy® nomination), "The Comedians," "The Wonder Pets." 2014 recipient, and now proud board member, of the Lilly Awards. Upcoming projects include Disney's Frozen 2. Williams College grad, BMI Workshop, Dramatists Guild council. She lives in Brooklyn with Robert and their two daughters.
book by jennifer lee
Jennifer Lee is the Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios. She is the Academy Award®-winning writer of Walt Disney Animation Studio's Frozen, which she also directed with Chris Buck. It became the highest-grossing animated film of all time, worldwide. For her work on Frozen, Lee received numerous awards including a Golden Globe, a Critics' Choice Award, a BAFTA Award, and an Academy Award®. She wrote the book for the Broadway stage adaptation of Frozen, receiving a Tony Award® nomination for Best Book of a Musical, and wrote and co-directed Frozen 2. Her Disney Animation career began as co-writer of the Oscar®-nominated Wreck-It Ralph. She also wrote the screenplay for Disney's 2018 release, A Wrinkle in Time.
jr. script adaptation by sara wordsworth
Sara Wordsworth is a co-writer/creator of In Transit, Broadway’s first a cappella musical (also Off-Broadway at Primary Stages, O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, New York International Fringe Festival) and co-producer of the In Transit Original Broadway Cast Recording (Hollywood Records). Other writing credits include Beauty and the Beast and Frozen: A Musical Spectacular (Disney Cruise Line); Dear Albert Einstein and High School Confidential (Dramatic Publishing); Shortstack, a collection of four 20-minute musical comedies; and the alternative rock musical, The Clearwaters. Awards: Edgerton Foundation, BMI Harrington. Nominations: Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Off Broadway Alliance, Lucille Lortel. Teaching Artist, Steering Committee member of the Tony-honored BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Proud Member: Actors’ Equity Association, The Dramatists Guild of America, BMI Affiliate Artist. Sara lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Music and lyrics by robert lopez
Robert Lopez's Broadway credits include co-creator/writer of The Book of Mormon (nine Tony® Awards including Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Musical), co-creator/songwriter of Avenue Q (three Tony Awards including Best Original Score and Best Musical). Other theatrical works include: Frozen (Denver Center), Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse), 1001 Nights (Atlantic Theater). Film: Pixar's Coco (Oscar® Best Original Song win for "Remember Me"), Frozen (Oscar Best Original Song win for "Let It Go"). TV: songs for The 87th Academy Awards, "The Simpsons," "South Park," "Scrubs," "The Wonder Pets." Upcoming projects include Disney's Frozen 2. One of 12 artists to win Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar and Tony Awards (EGOT). Yale University grad, BMI Workshop, Dramatists Guild council. A NYC native, he lives in Brooklyn with Kristen and their two daughters.
JR. music adaptation by madeline smith
New York City-based music director, arranger, orchestrator, and conductor. Broadway credits include Waitress (Piano/Conductor sub) and War Paint (Key 1 sub). Off-Broadway: An Octoroon (Theatre for a New Audience), Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future (Ars Nova), The Skin of Our Teeth (Theatre for a New Audience), Futurity (Soho Rep/Ars Nova), 7001 Nights (Atlantic Theater Company), The Light Princess (New Victory Theater). Regional music directing credits include: We Live in Cairo (American Repertory Theater), Loch Ness (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat (Musical Theatre Factory, Playwrights Horizons, Adirondack Theatre FestivaI). TV: The Wiz Live! Madeline served as music director/conductor of the site-specific staging of Ragtime on Ellis Island. As a conductor for Waitress, Madeline made history as Broadway’s youngest female conductor.