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Frozen musical conjures new director, designer

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A new creative team has been confirmed for the upcoming stage musical adaptation of Disney’s blockbuster movie, Frozen.

Tony and Olivier winners Michael Grandage and Christopher Oram will assume the roles of director and scenic/costume designer, respectively, for the production, which makes its world premiere in August 2017 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Following that run, Frozen will head to Broadway where it’ll open at Jujamcyn’s St. James Theatre (currently occupied by Something Rotten!) in the spring of 2018.

The new direction for the show comes following a split between Disney Theatrical Productions and two of Frozen’s originally announced creative team members: director Alex Timbers and frequent Disney collaborator designer Bob Crowley. The rest of the team announced in February — including lighting designer Natasha Katz, sound designer Peter Hylenski, and musical director Stephen Oremus — will all stay on with the project.

Grandage’s work abroad includes Guys & Dolls (a film remake of which he’s currently helming for 20th Century Fox), Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel, Photograph 51, Peter and Alice, and Henry V; on Broadway, he’s known for his direction of Red, Frost/Nixon, and The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Oram has designed for several of Grandage’s aforementioned productions as well as Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2, Evita, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Macbeth with Kenneth Branagh.

Frozen reunites the 2013 movie’s Oscar-winning composers, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, with screenwriter/director Jennifer Lee, who will pen a new book for the show alongside the Lopezes’ new music and lyrics.