Stage version of 'Frozen' to be directed by Broadway veteran

NEW YORK -- Disney has tapped one of Broadway's freshest talents to direct one of its most anticipated musicals, "Frozen.

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According to a Disney Theatrical Productions announcement Tuesday on Twitter, Alex Timbers will helm the show, which is expected to land on Broadway in 2018 alongside its hits "Aladdin" and "The Lion King."

Timbers is a two-time Tony Award nominee who directed "Peter and the Starcatcher," "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," "The Pee-Wee Herman Show" and "Rocky." He also is a co-creator and co-writer of the music-themed Amazon series "Mozart in the Jungle."

The show will have sets by seven-time Tony winner Bob Crowley, choreography by Peter Darling, lighting by five-time Tony winner Natasha Katz and sound design by four-time Tony nominee Peter Hylenski. Two-time Tony winner Stephen Oremus is the music supervisor and will create vocal and incidental arrangements.

It had been previously revealed that the husband-and-wife team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are working on the show and Jennifer Lee, co-director and screenwriter of the film, is writing the story.

"Frozen" has earned Disney more than $1.27 billion at the box office worldwide, becoming the most successful animated movie of all time. Its signature song, "Let It Go," won an Oscar. Apple said the animated film's soundtrack was the year's top-selling album on iTunes in 2014.

The musical "Frozen" will have an out-of-town tryout in summer 2017 at a theatre to be announced later.


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