Hit Disney animation Frozen has come to the London stage, formally opening as a West Finish musical on Wednesday in a theatre newly restored by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The Oscar-winning movie about royal sisters Anna and Elsa within the fictional kingdom of Arendelle has gained over legions of younger followers all over the world since its 2013 launch. A stage adaptation opened on Broadway in 2018.
Now London has its personal model of the musical, starring British actor Samantha Barks as Elsa and Dublin-born actress Stephanie McKeon as Anna.
Talking to Reuters about taking up the well-loved position, McKeon mentioned she felt nervous at first however quickly noticed the advantage of the stage adaptation of the character.
“The wonderful thing about the stage model is that we’re people, we’re not animated characters, and we’re in a position to convey a bit extra of ourselves to the roles,” mentioned McKeon, including she felt honoured to play Anna.
Barks mentioned she liked that Elsa was not a stereotypical Disney princess and that the sisters have been the actual love story within the musical.
“I hope it makes individuals really feel on high of the world. We have been locked away for thus lengthy, remoted,” Barks mentioned. “I simply hope that they really feel like they relate with these characters…Inform the guards to open up the gates and I hope that they get pleasure from approaching that journey with us.”
Actor Oliver Ormson, who performs villain Hans, mentioned he hoped individuals who watched the present would go away holding their family members a bit nearer.
The musical, which started previews in late August, is displaying on the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which not too long ago reopened after a two-year, 60 million-pound (S$111 million) restoration.
West Finish veteran Lloyd Webber, identified for musicals equivalent to Evita, Cats and The Phantom Of The Opera, purchased the theatre in 2019.
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