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Weaving a Musical Tapestry for ‘Frozen – Live at the Hyperion’ at Disney California Adventure Park

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Parks Live Entertainment

Disney’s blockbuster film “Frozen” includes the wonderful music and songs by Academy Award-winning composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and when the all-new theatrical production “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” debuts this summer at Disneyland Resort, those songs will be performed live on stage as never before.

To adapt the songs for our new stage musical, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment partnered with award-winning music supervisor and arranger Jason Michael Webb (“The Color Purple,” “Motown: The Musical”).

“One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of Disney is the music. I’ve always loved how the songs and orchestral score to each Disney film is a character on its own,” said Webb. “Getting to know the music of the ‘Frozen’ film has been a joy, but taking it a step further to help create this world premiere stage version has been the most thrilling for me.”

Many of the songs in the film are written as solos or duets, but the team has been able to open up pieces like “In Summer” and “Love Is an Open Door,” creating opportunities for larger production numbers featuring the entire ensemble cast.

“New musical moments, exciting dance arrangements, and the people of Arendelle coming together to sing songs from the film will help take this new American classic to another level for millions of young people and families at the Hyperion,” Webb added.

In this behind-the-scenes look at a recording session for “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” Music Director John Glaudini conducts the orchestra as they perform part of a waltz sequence being added to “Love Is an Open Door.”

These musical production numbers expand on familiar “Frozen” tunes, bringing an element of scope and spectacle to our theatrical presentation. You’ll be able to see – and hear – all of it when “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” opens May 27 at Disney California Adventure park.

Comments

  • I’m so excited!!! Will there be fast passes available for this show or showtimes available?

  • Karla– I loved the Aladdin Musical too. Though I have to admit that in recent years it had started to get stale for me, mostly because the Genie’s improvising started to take over the show. All of his long-winded jokes concerning pop-culture started to take away from the story.

  • This made me so sad I only ever got to see Aladdin once but it was by far the best thing I did that weekend. It happened by accident I’ve always been the Disney goer that tries to fit in as many rides as humanly possible and Fantasmic and wishes will never be skipped. On this occasion we had low crowds at California Adventures and were deciding wether to reride tower of terror until we puked or watch this show. We asked a lovely cast member and he said “it’s my favorite of all the Disney shows including Fantasmic”. I thought this was an exaggeration what could possibly go on in this teacher that could top the spectacle that was Fantasmic? But decided if a cast member is suggesting it we should give it a go. While in line there was in elderly woman we talked to for a bit that said this show was the only reason she had come to the parks that day and would be sad to see it go. At that moment I felt like well if it’s the last chance I will have to see it and it’s getting this much praise it must be at least not a waste of my time. When the show ended I left feeling Disney euphoria at its best. And I learned a lesson about slowing down every once in a while.

    I’m sure the quality of the frozen show will be there. But Aladdin was spectacular and there’s nothing that’s wrong with mourning that loss. Frozen has a pretty high bar to meet and I’m sure it will be great but I’m sad to see Aladdin go.

  • It should be noted that that the Hyperion theater previously housed Disney’s “Steps in Time” and “Power of Blast” before Aladdin moved in. Do people even remember those shows?
    At Disney’s Animal Kingdom,”Tarzan Rocks!” was replaced by “Finding Nemo the Musical.” Point being, entertainment at the Disney parks is always changing. This is not the first time that a show at a Disney park has been retired and replaced, and it won’t be the last time either.

    Also, what is currently happening with Frozen also happened with The Lion King. Like Frozen, The Lion King was an unexpected hit and became an instant classic upon release and it was everywhere in the Disney parks. (Merchandise and various attractions, some of which still exist today.) Even today, The Lion King is still a celebrated franchise in the Disney parks. The same thing is now happening with Frozen. Frozen has become a classic.

    “none of the characters in Frozen could ever hope to measure up.”

    This is really a case of people feeling that something that they grew up with is better than something new.

  • When will this makes it debut?

    • Elaine – The new show opens May 27, 2016.

  • I loved Aladdin and was sad to see it go, but I try to remind myself that “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” There is so much of the old Disneyland that I miss, but I love a lot of the new things too. So I look forward to the new “Frozen-Live at the Hyperion” and know that if Disney is putting on the show it will be fabulous.
    My question is, will there be a live orchestra there? That would be so wonderful!!

  • not gonna lie, I try to get excited about this but I just can’t… I think because I loved the Aladdin show so much and personally I think the Aladdin movie is WAY better than Frozen (though lets be real the Genie is one of the best Disney characters of all time and none of the characters in Frozen could ever hope to measure up). It could also be that I’m feeling the Frozen fatigue start to kick in.

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