"Frozen," the Tony-nominated musical that opened on Broadway less than two months ago, will launch its first North American tour during the fall of 2019 at Proctors in Schenectady.
The biggest musical hit of the current Broadway season, "Frozen" has earned Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Exact dates of the tour's launch will be announced at a later date.
"Frozen" was immediately hailed by critics, including the New York Post, "Disney's Struck Gold," and The New Yorker, "Frozen is thrilling and genuinely moving." Newsday predicted correctly that the show "has all the markings of a serious megahit."
"Frozen" is based on the 2013 Disney film of the same name, and is inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, "The Snow Queen." It tells the story of a fearless princess, a snowman, a rugged iceman and their loyal reindeer on a journey in search of the princess's missing sister.
The musical staged version, which broke two box office records at the St. James Theatre in New York City, is the creation of composer/lyricists Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and book writer Jennifer Lee. Those three individuals, along with choreographer Rob Ashford and scenic designer Christopher Oram are also working with the national tour production.
The designation of Proctors as the launch point of the national tour indicates that the show's producers and most of its cast and crew will spend at least three weeks in Schenectady preparing for its premiere.
"Frozen" is utilizing the Upstate New York Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit, a 25 percent tax credit that is extended to producers of touring musicals and theatrical productions who launch such tours from a qualified upstate theater.
It is the second Disney musical to launch at Proctors in Schenectady, following "Newsies," which took off in October of 2014. According to Proctors' officials, the "Newsies" launch created approximately 155 temporary jobs in the Schenectady area.
Directing the national tour of "Frozen" will be Michael Grandage, the Tony Award director of "Red" and the director of three Olivier Award-winning musicals, "Merrily We Roll Along," "Grand Hotel" and "Guys and Dolls."
The 2013 film won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song ("Let it Go").
Information regarding casting, tickets and the exact dates for the "preview" performances in Schenectady will be announced later this year.