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Adapting ‘Frozen’ for the Stage in ‘Frozen – Live at the Hyperion’ at Disney California Adventure Park

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” a new musical based on Disney’s blockbuster animated film, is set to open at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park on May 27, 2016. Audiences will be immersed in the emotional journey of Anna and Elsa with all the excitement of live theater, including elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, show-stopping production numbers and a few surprises.

“While our production of ‘Frozen’ will stay true to the heart and soul of the film, we have adapted it for the stage so it’s truly a musical theatre production,” said Dana Harrel, creative portfolio executive with Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment. “The goal of this creative team is to take all audiences, including those who know the film and those new to these characters, on this exciting and touching adventure with Anna and Elsa.”

Heading up that team is Director Liesl Tommy, whose current production on Broadway is “Eclipsed” with Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o. Dana and Liesl pulled back the curtain recently to give us a glimpse of some of their work in progress, in this first behind-the-scenes look at the production of “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion.”

Keep checking Disney Parks Blog in the coming weeks for more peeks behind the curtain, as we get closer to the world premiere of “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” on May 27!


  • Liked the clip, and I really loved the solo piano!

  • Happy to see a large cast, and even recognize some favorites among the performers.

  • Thanks for this peek. it’s always fun to see behind the scenes videos.

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