Five Fab Things About ‘Frozen: The Musical’
Frozen: The Musical has just opened at Perth’s Crown Theatre and already musical lovers are jumping to their feet with rapturous applause. Cream gives the show five stars, and finds five good reasons why you’ll love it, too.
Antonino Tati & Benjamin Roccamante
01. The young cast members are as confident as the adult stars.
It must be pretty nerve-racking being a kid on stage and performing in front of an audience of ardent musical goers, though you’d think the young talent in the Perth production of Frozen: The Musical were seasoned actors given their confidence and articulation on stage. A young Elsa and kid sister Anna kick off the story in this production and weave through it as flashbacks occur in the story – to be up late and doing all this without a hitch is impressive, to say the least.
02. The vocal talents of lead performer Jemma Rix are next-level.
Cream had the pleasure of hearing Rix perform one of the numbers from the musical about a month ago and we knew then there’d be great things to come when the full show arrived. Rix, an Opera Australia favourite, is one of those versatile singers on stage who can hit the highest of high notes and go low at the right sentimental part. Her marriage of classical opera with pop is just perfect for this style of musical, and her versatility perfect for the role as adult Elsa, now the Queen of Arendelle.
03. There are 12 new songs added to a bunch of classics from the movies.
Exactly a dozen new songs were written for the original Broadway show and all of these have been kept intact for Frozen’s Australian run. Add this to seven original songs from the film, including the Academy-Award winning Let It Go, and you’ve got a musical that might be short a number or two than other musical favourites (Wicked had 20; Aladdin 21) but with a tighter, all-round more pertinent songbook.
04. There’s industrial light and magic!
Besides the brilliant talent, the lighting effects in this show is a true highlight. Curtains of stars cascade in the background; smoke makes way for ‘frozen’ props; stalagmites slide across the stage while stalactites fall from out of nowhere, surprising even some of the actors it seems. Plus there are some very impressive costume reveals that put some of RuPaul’s most competent runway contestants to shame.
05. The setting and themes are timely.
With Perth just hitting winter peak, and peeps just now climbing out of Covid isolation, the story of Frozen is a timely one to view. Themes of ice, snow, and a beckoning for warmer weather are relatable right now, and of course Elsa’s retreat into isolation (so as to protect the kingdom’s people from the darker side of her powers) are about Covid-like as you can get.
‘Frozen: The Musical’ is on now at Crown Theatre Perth.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or the Crown Perth website direct.
One Response to “Five Fab Things About ‘Frozen: The Musical’”
I loved Frozen when I saw the US Tour in June- for some of the same reasons I saw here
1. Had two talented young stars
2. Loved Caroline Bowman’s Elsa
3. The additional songs are amazing- but wish they kept “True Love” (was in the Broadway Show until the US Tour), an emotional song meant for Anna
4. The songs are exciting and amazing to listen to
5. I also can add——-the dance and spectacle was incredible to watch