Hit Broadway Musical Frozen Brings the Disney Magic to Singapore

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(SPOT.ph) When Disney's Frozen hit the cinemas in 2013, it was praised for its heartwarming tale of two estranged sisters, the show-stopping "Let It Go," and a narrative that go above and beyond the damsel-in-distress trope. And its stories (and substories) are too big even for the big screen that Frozen was later adapted into a musical with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and book by Jennifer Lee. If you missed its run on Broadway (2018) and West End (2021), then this is probably your chance to see the hit musical as it lands on the shores of Singapore in 2023. Frozen runs from February 5 to March 5, 2023 at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands.

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Here are 10 things you need to know about Disney's Frozen musical:

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Singapore is the only Southeast Asian stop of Frozen.

While not exactly happening on Philippine shores, Frozen is expected to draw in Filipinos of all ages, whether living in Singapore or not. The country, after all, is just four hours away from Manila and it's a common destination even for just a quick weekend travel.

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Frozen is not just for kids.

As we all know from the film version, Frozen (and, probably, a number of Disney movies) is not only for kids. The character of Elsa, for one, is very complex. She has to live up to her family's name, bury her emotions so as not to unleash her uncontrollable power, and even repress some of her memories in the process. And, well, that's just some of the things we deal with as adults.

"Disney is multigenerational. The humor of the show is so adult. People are thinking that it's a kid's show, but it's really not. People take away different things from it. Kids will always take away what they do from it. But adults are quite surprised when they see it," said Resident Director Benjamin Osborne during a regional media launch at the AVENUE Lounge, Marina Bay Sands on November 15.

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Jemma Rix (as Elsa), Matt Lee (as Olaf), and Courtney Monsma (as Anna)
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Olaf is a cool and fun puppet.

Olaf is a talking snowman unknowingly created by Elsa. For the Singapore tour, this cool character is played by Matt Lee.

"I got to learn a new skill set because the role of Olaf is brought to life through a puppet. That is something you got to learn. It's also a skill because not only do I have to tell the story through the puppet, you see my face and you see me as the actor behind the puppet, too. So I have to tell the story through myself as well as through the puppet," Lee said.

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There are Singaporean kids in the show.

Six child actresses from Singapore are playing the roles of young Anna and young Elsa. "I auditioned them and they're wonderful," Osborne added.

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Elsa is everything we aspire to be.

"I think that's the essence of Elsa. Ultimately, she is a very kind and compassionate person. She will always do what she can in the best thing that she can. And she doesn't want to hurt anybody in the process," explained Jemma Rix, who plays the role of Elsa.

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The stage musical boasts new songs.

As a full-length musical, Frozen boasts 12 new tunes, which includes "Monster." The song explores Elsa's inner turmoil as she tries to figure out how to save her kingdom after her own power almost destroys it.

There are Easter eggs all over the stage.

"There are lots of hidden Mickeys and Easter eggs throughout the set, especially on the proscenium. All the Disney musicals may be depicted within the proscenium. It takes a very close eye to see them, but they're really fabulous," revealed Osborne. The set and costumes are by Christopher Oram.

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Elsa's ice dress has 14,000 crystals and beads.

Elsa's ice dress, which is worn during the explosive "Let It Go" song at the end of Act One, took 60 days to make—and that's just the beading part. It took three months to make the dress from start to finish.

Frozen is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

Disney Theatrical Productions also gave us the spectacular The Lion King, Aladdin, and Marry Poppins. Frozen's presenter for the Singapore run is Base Entertainment Asia.

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There's going to be Disney magic.

When asked if there's going to be Disney magic, Osborne quickly answered: "Of course, there's always Disney magic. We love Disney magic. This is huge."

Frozen runs from February 5 to March 5 at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Ticket prices range from SGD 88 (~P3,600) to SGD 268 (~P11,170), and are available through Marina Bay Sands' website.

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