Frozen may not be a Lion King or an Aladdin, but it is based upon the top-grossing animated musical film from the wonderful world of Disney. Although many critics have said it’s not a very good show, do not tell that to the crowds in attendance, particularly the children. The show, at the St. James Theatre, may not be the best by Broadway’s standards, but it creates a magic and enchantment that catches the imagination of children and adults who aren’t Disneyphobes.
The score, by the prolific writing team of Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez, is as catchy as ever. Caissie Levy, who does a creditable job in the starring role of Elsa, belts “Let It Go,” the show’s best-known song, while Patti Murin plays a lively and spunky Anna.
Michael Grandage directs it with aplomb, and the sets by Christopher Oram and special effects by Jeremy Chernick and video designer Finn Ross all add to the occasionally exciting atmosphere.
For those Broadway experts who may see Frozen as frozen in a time warp, this show is as entertaining as the film version for children of all ages.