If you’re thinking you’ve seen the movie a dozen (or a hundred?) times so you don’t really need to see it on stage, think again. The current Disney production of Frozen that opened Friday at Hollywood Pantages is a goosebump-inducing spectacular that is pure magic! The chills and thrills begin from the very first note and don’t stop until the glorious, snow covered finish.
All your favorite characters are here, with a magnificent star turn from Caroline Bowman as Elsa and a spunky, endearing Caroline Innerbichler as Princess Anna. The story truly is the love story between two sisters and Bowman and Innerbichler have a beautiful chemistry that provides the heart of the show. Bowman’s voice is nothing short of breathtaking as she soars to great heights in both “Let It Go” and “Monster”. The musical score actually soars higher and digs even deeper than in the film. “Let It Go” closes the first act and Bowman’s vocals along with the stage magic, created by Jeremy Chernick and the entire production team, is worth the price of the ticket alone.
The dashing Hans, who sweeps Anna off her feet, is played with pitch perfect, debonair charm by Austin Colby and an irresistibly charming Mason Reeves plays sweet ice vendor, Kristoff. An absolutely genius F. Michael Hanie plays snowman Olaf in a veritable feat of physicality. The young Annas and Elsas are darling and the entire ensemble is of course top-notch. They make up all the people of the town and get to do a particularly entertaining number, “Hygge”, dressed, or rather not dressed, as mountain folk in a sauna.
I can’t say enough about the production values of this show; the word I heard most in the crowd was indeed the word “magic”. There were dozens and dozens of little girls dressed up as Anna and Elsa accompanied by their parents, but trust me, the adults were equally enchanted. I really can’t think of anything that could lift your spirits this season and truly melt your heart more than this gorgeous production of Frozen. Some shows are worth melting for and this one most certainly is.