For the First Time in Forever

Finally, I saw Frozen in person. This time around, I was even more excited. Originally, I was supposed to see the stage show October 2020, but that got postponed. So seeing it now is why I was more excited.

The Cast

Young Anna- Aria Kane

Young Elsa- Arwen Monzon-Sanders

Anna- Lauren Nicole Chapman

Elsa- Caroline Bowman

Hans- Austin Colby

Kristoff- Mason Reeves

Sven- Evan Strand

Olaf- F. Michael Haynie

My Review

I loved how in the stage show, the bond between Elsa and Anna felt stronger. As in, they started developing it further when the two girls were only children. That is what the two opening songs were able to accomplish- “Vueile/Let the Sun Shine On”, and “A Little Bit of You” shows a lot more bonding time between the sisters. I really loved the two actresses I saw playing the girls- you for sure could apart who who was older and who was younger (my Young Anna was smaller than Young Elsa.

Caroline Bowman was an incredible Elsa. Always had an incredible stage presence. Her moments with Lauren Nicole Chapman (Anna) were incredible. Even when they were older, there was a lot of bonding time- like the party after the coronation (you saw them interacting a couple of times). Even when they meet up again at Elsa’s palace- at the song, “I Can’t Lose You”. She really captured Elsa’s emotions well.

Lauren Nicole Chapman’s Anna was fun to watch- Anna is who I relate to the most when it comes to the two sisters. As a matter of fact, this actress played Anna on Broadway, so she has experience in the role.

Mason Reeve’s Kristoff was amazing as well. He really was able to speak in two voices- both Kristoff’s and Sven’s. Kristoff Lullaby was emotional- coming in, I knew the kind of emotion required for that song.

F. Michael Haynie as Olaf was a delight- I mean, what is as fun a talking snowman. Yes, a snowman who is interested in Summer.

*On a side note, I also got the Pabbie I wanted——I wanted the main one because he was a Charlotte native*

Songs

Yes, I do love the additional songs in Frozen. However, there is still one small disappointment- the cut of “True Love”, which I only know once existed due to it being on the Original Broadway Soundtrack. I still really missed the chance of getting to see it performed live- it is a heartbreaking solo meant for Anna. I thought the addition of “I Can’t Lose You” will make up for the loss of “True Love”, but it didn’t despite loving that one new song.

For the longest time, I had a hard time understanding “Hygee”, but now it makes sense. Now that I was seeing the scene. I wasn’t expecting Oaken to say “Welcome Charlotte”. I have heard people say that song is unnecessary, but Kristoff and Anna have to make it to Oaken’s eventually—so it would not be surprising if a song happens there.

Special Effects

I loved the way they showed Elsa’s powers. It was very magical and wonderful to watch. The moment Elsa changed her dress in “Let it Go” was unbelievable. Even during “Colder by the Minute” when Anna freezes how the ensemble comes together to get the effect. How in the world?

Relating to Anna (Frozen)

Now that is June, I now have BIG plans. Every year, I always have a goal of seeing at least one musical. June will be the start of that- as it the month Frozen will be touring to my hometown. Frozen was originally planned for October 2020, but got postponed. So basically, June 2022 is a makeup, so in many ways I am even more excited. Which sister do I relate to more?

Anna

For starters, I am the youngest in my family. I am also full of life, outgoing, and optimistic. I even share one of her flaws, which is impulsivity. I can understand her struggle of being closer to her sister- even I wish I had a stronger relationship with my sister. So I get it- the struggle of sisterhood. Because I relate to Anna so much, she is the contemporary Disney princess I am most like.

Elphaba, Elsa, and Eponine

Of all musical theatre characters, Elphaba is my favorite. She even parallels two musical theatre characters- one from Disney and one from a classic. Those two characters happen to be Elsa and Eponine. MAJOR SPOILERS

Elsa and Elphaba

The most obvious thing in common between the girls is their magical powers. The problem with the powers is that they struggle to control them. Elphaba’s powers show up in anger while Elsa’s show up in fear. Both of them are seen as monsters, which makes both girls misunderstood. They also happen to be the eldest sibling in their family. “Let it Go” and “Defying Gravity” are very similar songs- empowering and staying true to yourself.

Eponine and Elphaba

Both of these girls are the eldest in their family, but the sad truth is they come from unloving families. Elphaba was unloved just because she was born “different” due to the color of her skin. In Eponine’s case, her parents didn’t love any of their children- not just Eponine, but the others as well. They also were taken advantage of- Elphaba by the Wizard and Eponine by her parents.

In many ways, for you think about it, Eponine’s family was worse. The Thenardiers were abusive, unloving, and pickpockets. Eponine grew up being taught the ways of a thief and criminal. Her entire family even fell into extreme poverty. No one showed her kindness at all- only one person did, who she met later in life.

Then, there is the love triangle aspect. Eponine and Elphaba both went through unrequited love, but would things improve for one of them? Back at Shiz, there were signs that Fiyero and Glinda weren’t meant for each other——–eventually Elphaba ended up with Fiyero (there were clues in act I- their strong chemistry starting at The Lion Cub Scene). But with Eponine, she would be stuck with unrequited love, but Marius was the only person who showed her kindness- why do you think she continued to love him-he was the only good part of her life. That does explain why she was happy dying in the arms of Marius.

Unexpected Struggling Characters

What exactly do I mean by this? Yes, several of my favorite musical theatre characters struggle. There are some characters that do exist that barley manage to survive. There are characters that exist that almost didn’t survive. What if I talked about some of my favorite characters that almost didn’t make it? So SPOILERS ahead.

Marius

He is the first character that comes to mind. Marius was one of the revolutionaries. He almost didn’t survive not once, but twice. He was saved not once, but twice. First, he was saved by Eponine (she took a bullet for him) and second, he was rescued by Jean Valjean (he literally went to the barricades to rescue him because his adopted daughter loves him). Jean Valjean literally loves Cosette so much that he would risk his life to save the man she loves. Marius is actually the only survivor of the barricade, which causes him to have survivor’s guilt.

Mimi

Mimi is the most fragile and vulnerable character in Rent. During Finale and Your Eyes, it appears as if Mimi is extremely weak and dying. This is the hardest on Roger because he loves her. However, Mimi wakes up and turns out she actually is going to live.

Simba

Yes, this does sound a bit unusual. However, in a ton of ways it makes sense. It is obvious that his uncle Scar wants Simba killed. Simba barley escapes death during the stampede and then later when Simba fights his uncle to gain his right to be king, it does seem as if Simba might be killed again. However, Scar loses the fight and Simba gains his right to be King.

Elsa/Anna

Well, Elsa was almost killed by Hans, but was saved when Anna sacrificed herself to save her sister. But at the time, Anna was freezing to death (meaning turning into an ice statue). However, what she did to help her sister was an act of true love, which saved both Elsa and Anna.

What other characters do you know that almost died?

Review of Original Frozen Broadway Soundtrack

It has been known to some people that I finally own the Original Broadway Soundtrack. Usually after owning a new soundtrack, I usually am listening to it. Frozen is coming to Charlotte in 2022.I thought today to review the soundtrack.

The Review

Vuelie/ Let the Sun Shine On- this is the opening number. I think this is a stronger opening then the animated one. It actually sets up the stage really well- you begin to see the relationship of Elsa and Anna when they were children.

A Little Bit of You- this is a really cute duet between Anna and Elsa. You really get to see their bond as kids.

Do You Want to Build a Snowman- one of the well-known songs from the animated movie. I even think this song has improved especially towards the ending. Now, you see Anna wanting to get close to Elsa further

For the First Time in Forever- one of my favorite songs from the movie.

Hans of the Southern Isles- he finally gets some more songs

Queen Anointed- as expected, it happens during Elsa’s coronation. I am glad we see most of her coronation during song

Dangerous to Dream- this also happens during the coronation. It is one of Elsa’s songs, and I love how you see more of her fear of what will happen while she is Queen

Love is an Open Door- this song has improved as well. It is a lot more catchy and feels more like a love song even thought it “technically not a love song”

Reindeer(s) are are better than People- the duet where we really first get to meet Kristoff and Sven. Turns out this song happens sooner in person as opposed to the movie

What do you know about Love- this a funny duet between Kristoff and Anna arguing what they think love is

In Summer- Olaf is such an adorable snowman.Even. Olaf’s idea of Summer is crazy, but cute in a way. Crazily enough, the original Broadway Olaf sounds almost exactly like the animated one

Hans of the Southern Isles (Reprise)- I think this song does (in my opinion that Hans is the antagonist and villain of the musical)

Let it Go- everyone knows this song. This ends the first act, which I had a feeling it would be

Hygge- this song is a fun opening to the 2nd act. I believe this is now we start to realize that Arendelle is set in Norway. Now we meet Oaken, the guy at the shop

For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)- having those beginning parts are an improvement from the film. The rest of the song is what I am familiar with. This song is only on the soundtrack (sadly the US Tour cut it out)

Fixer Upper- we know when this happens. The moment Kristoff is trying to get help for Anna

Kristoff Lullaby- finally, we have a moment when Kristoff realizes he loves Anna, but scared that he might lose her (due the the Frozen Heart that was picked up on after Fixer Upper)

Monster-this is one of my favorite additions to the musical. It is Elsa’s big moment in act II- when she decides to try to make everything alight done in Arendelle instead of being the “Monster” people are calling her

True Love- this is actually my favorite addition to Frozen. I am glad Anna has this heartbreaking song, and happens after Hans betrays her. I relate strongly to Anna. Sad that the tour cut it- seriously, this song is sung by one of our two protagonists and happens a pivotal and emotional moment for her. I still see this song as part of Frozen.

Colder by the Minute- lots of things happen in this song. Kristoff trying to get to Anna, Anna trying to get to Kristoff, Hans trying to get to Elsa to kill her, and Elsa trying to figure out how to stop the Winter (I believe) and looking for her sister. It is when the storm is more like a blizzard

Finale/Let it Go- finally the eternal Winter is going to be over. Anna finally shows Elsa how- even though Anna has no magical love. You realize in this song that the True Love was between the sisters.

“The two cuts were thing I wish never happened especially “True Love”. At least the song is on the soundtrack”