- The Broadway adaptation of 'Frozen' will not reopen after Broadway's shutdown.
The Broadway adaptation of Disney’s Frozen will not reopen at the St. James Theatre when Broadway’s shutdown ends. This is the first major show to close during the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Its last show took place on March 11, the day before the New York mandated shutdown. Frozen began its run in 2018 having 26 previews and 825 regular performances. It’s based on the animated film and currently starred Ciara Renée and McKenzie Kurtz as Anna and Else.
Despite its end on Broadway, Disney Theatrical Productions intends to resume the show’s national tour which will include international stagings—including West End, Australia, Japan, and Germany productions happening next year. Elements from the Broadway show will be repurposed to the other productions to reduce cost and waste.
“The extraordinary contribution of Broadway’s original company plus those who have joined more recently cannot be overstated,” said Disney Theatrical Productions President Thomas Schumacher in a statement. “Frozen, like all shows, is wholly dependent on those who create and perform them but this was an uncommonly close and talented group and they’ll be missed. Finally, I have to acknowledge our incredible audiences; night after night, the fans showed us how much they loved this show and we look forward to seeing them at Frozen around the world.”
The musical earned several Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Score for Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and Best Book for Jennifer Lee.
It was recently announced that Broadway’s shutdown would be extended through Labor Day.