Betsy Wolfe will take on ‘Frozen’ in the musical adaptation that will take on the mammoth power anthem “Let It Go” as Elsa in spring 2018. The Disney musical, directed by Alex Timbers, is set to hit the Great White Way and is eyeing a bow at the St. James Theatre, the current home of Something Rotten.
The show, featuring the beloved tunes (and some new ones) by married songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and a book by screenwriter Jennifer Lee, will first play an August 2017 out-of-town tryout in Denver, Colorado, Visalia Times-Delta reports.
Frozen marks a reunion for Wolfe and the creative team: In 2015, she starred in the world premiere production of Up Here at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse. The musical was also directed by Timbers and featured a score by the Lopezes.
Wolfe made her Broadway debut in 110 in the Shade and has gone on to tread the boards in Everyday Rapture, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Bullets Over Broadway. She also starred in the off-Broadway revival of The Last Five Years and in Merrily We Roll Along at City Center Encores, the Laughing Place noted.
It looks like ‘Frozen’ is here to stay. With a theatrical sequel on the way, a theme park attraction opening at Epcot in a scant two months, a new Broadway-style musical production coming to Disney California Adventure, and a full-fledged Broadway show hitting the Great White Way in 2018, it seems as though Frozen Fever will continue its unstoppable outbreak for the foreseeable future.
Hollywood.com said the design team for ‘Frozen’ includes scenic and costume design by seven-time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins, The Coast of Utopia, An American in Paris), lighting design by five-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Aladdin, An American in Paris, The Glass Menagerie) and sound design by four-time Tony nominee Peter Hylenski (The Scottsboro Boys, Motown, After Midnight).
Two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus (Avenue Q, Wicked, The Book of Mormon) is music supervisor and creates vocal and incidental arrangements.
Wolfe’s other Broadway credits include Everyday Rapture with Sherie Rene Scott (also Off-Broadway), 110 in the Shade and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (also in San Francisco and Boston).
Just this spring, Wolfe performed alongside the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where she was joined by fellow Broadway alum Darren Criss, the Las Vegas NV Blog reported. Among the songs on the setlist were ‘Maybe This Time’ from CABARET, and ‘Falling Slowly’ from ONCE, which she sang with Criss.