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”

Virtual Frozen Broadway

On the computer, I was able to have a virtual Original Broadway Reunion with Frozen. I was able to meet Caissie, Patti among some others—there were some I was surprised at such as Oaken and Pabbie. They talked about opening night. some mishaps, and some of the backstage pranks they did. They even talked about what was going on now. I herd some some of the things they are doing now. This did happen just a day after Blumenthal said they will get Frozen in the upcoming season.

The Next Right Thing

Over the weekend, originally I was going to see the stage show of Frozen. That was the musical I wanted to see the most this year. In addition to Come From Away, Frozen was another show that I already had tickets for. I knew how to make up for that loss. What did I do?

I decided to watch both of the animated films. My love for Frozen began when I saw the animated Frozen. I loved the songs, characters, and plot. Recently, I figured out another reason why I love Frozen. I think it has something to do with Wicked- Frozen feels quite parallel to that musical.

Frozen

Like Wicked, Frozen is a double protagonist musical. It centers on Elsa and Anna, two sisters. In some ways, it reminds me of the friendship between Elphaba and Glinda. The story truly kicks off once Elsa accidentally shows her powers, which she is ashamed of- that act caused her to run away, but ended up casting an eternal winter on Arendelle. Due to that, Anna ended up looking for her sister. During Anna’s journey, she bumps into Kristoff and Olaf. The musical is most well-known for the song, “Let it Go”. Here is one thing I really loved about the film- what the True Love is. The True Love in Frozen is between the two sisters.

While I never saw the stage show, I did listen to some of the new songs. The songs I heard are amazing- from “What Do you Know about Love”, “Monster”, and “True Love”. I still can’t believe that the US Tour decided to take out “True Love”- seriously, that is one of our two protagonists main song, and it does happen at a very pivotal and emotional moment for Anna. Still I always view “True Love” as a part of Frozen- I know when this song happens- right after Hans betrays her.

Seeing the film really made up for that.

Frozen II

Musical sequels can struggle a lot. For the most part, sequels never seem to work. However, this one has. Just like Frozen, you still have Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven. It mostly takes place in an enchanted forest. New characters are introduced such as Ryder for example. There is a lot more emotional struggle for the characters. Kristoff and Anna finally have their own song- “Lost in the Woods”, and “The Next Right Thing”. Anna actually does end up with a heartbreaking song, but it is also hopeful at the same time. You have Elsa trying to figure out she got her powers, Kristoff’s struggle in proposing to Anna, and seeing Anna’s love and protectiveness for Elsa.

The Original Broadway Soundtrack

Yes, I never saw the stage show. However due to that postponement, I will be asking for the soundtrack for Christmas. I already fell in love with some of the new songs and already love the musical.

Conclusion

I had to find some way to make up for the postponement. That is why I watched both animated films. That really did make up for that, and it was the right thing to do. 2020 has been the first year where musicals I wanted to see get postponed- that wasn’t easy at all. I already have a feeling Wicked is already postponed- that really isn’t that much of a disappoint due to already seeing that musical four times. All the postponed shows I wanted to see this year will return- Anastasia, Frozen, and Wicked. Wicked was pretty obvious because it always returns to Blumenthal.

Frozen II Review

I am ALWAYS a bit nervous when it comes to musical sequels. They easily can be screwed up. However, in the past I saw two sequels in the past that actually worked: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and Mary Poppins Returns. That was because they had good songs and felt like a wonderful continuation of the original songs. When I found out that Frozen would have a sequel, I actually was nervous- I had formed a strong bond to Frozen- so of course I would be kind of nervous even though it still would have Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven and the same actors/actresses playing them.

Frozen II was the last thing I did in 2019. Would it work or it would be it in shambles? It was another sequel that worked in my opinion- if you want SPOILERS, PROCEED.

Just like the original, it opened with the exact same song- not “Frozen Heart”, but BEFORE any action or seeing any characters. It actually BEGAN as flashback to Elsa and Anna’s childhood: you learn about this Enchanted Forest. What you learn in this flashback is important for important for the entire movie. When I learn the first song- I knew the sequel did something right.

This is actually a more mature version of Frozen. It all began when Elsa heard this voice, and wanted to know where it was coming from. Most of it takes place in that Enchanted Forest. While Elsa in the original had her big number, this time, more of them had their own. Kristoff and Anna had their own- they had their own struggles allowing them to need a main solo. It still mainly focused on the sisterhood- Elsa still needed some help and had to be saved. I did like the songs.

Well- at one point, I thought we were going to lose both Elsa and Olaf. Elsa did take things a bit too far: I realized she was complex in the original, but this film made her more complex: she has two power ballads in this one. Anna literally thought she lost her sister- that was when her ballad entered; that song was heartbreaking. She had to save The Enchanted Forest alone- Kristoff wasn’t around. At the end, while Anna saved the Enchanted Forest, Elsa saved Arendelle. Well, at the end, Anna had to become Queen of Arendelle while Elsa had to look after The Enchanted Forest. Like expected- Kristoff, while struggling to propose to Anna, ended up proposing to Anna.

I still feel like a lot of my bond to Frozen came from Wicked.

Review of Frozen

When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), and break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman (Josh Gad), harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter’s cold grip.

Major Spoilers

Ever since I saw Frozen in 2013, I always loved it. To me, I love how the true love is between the two sisters and not a girl and a guy and I think that is one of the reasons why it has been successful. The fact that one of the characters (Elsa) has ice and snow powers does bring out Disney magic. My favorite songs from Frozen are “Let it Go”, which reminds me of “Defying Gravity”, and “For the First Time in Forever”. I am not sick and tired of “Let it Go” and is a perfect scene to watch because this the first time that Elsa truly gets to be who she is.

Of all the main characters, I dislike Hans the most because you always think he is the good guy, but at the end you realize he is really a bad guy. Boy, you thought he was so nice and actually loved Anna, but he most certainly did not, and all he wanted was to take Arendelle’s throne.

Elsa and Anna eventually have a close bond even though at first there is bunch of not getting along. Elsa is just trying to keep her sister safe, but Anna really wants to have a relationship with her sister. In so many ways, their relationship is a typical sibling relationship. I have a sister and just like Anna and Elsa, we don’t always get along, but at times we do. At the end, the two sisters realize that love is the answer to how Elsa can control her powers.

I don’t consider Frozen to be overhyped. If you think about it, you have to consider the children who fell in love with it. That is where a lot of the love comes from. I am 23, and I love Frozen. I think the landscapes are beautifully well-done, and I think it is a beautiful story.

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I don’t find Olaf to be annoying. I find him to be a lovable snowman. Kristoff helps Anna in her adventures because he knows the mountains so well. He was raised by Trolls and you first met him as a child and he has a close bond to Sven and towards the end, Sven does realize that Kristoff loves Anna and makes him realize that.

What are your feelings of Frozen? What are your feelings of the “new” Disney”?