Yes, "Frozen," the highest-grossing animated film in history — with $1.2 billion worldwide, the movie pushed "Toy Story 3" to No. 2 — set in an ice-logged land populated by a talking snowman and a weather-making princess, is coming to an arena near you. To the delight of fairytale power-ballad aficionados young and old, "Disney On Ice Presents Frozen" will be in New Jersey this month, starting with the Prudential Center on Nov. 19.
'Disney on Ice presents Frozen'
Where: The Prudential Center (25 Lafayette St., Newark) and the Izod Center (50 Route 120, East Rutherford).
When: The show will be at the Prudential Center from Nov. 19 through 23 — 7 p.m. Nov. 19; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 20; 7 p.m. Nov. 21; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Nov. 22; 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 23.
"Frozen" will be at the Izod Center Nov. 25 through 30 — 7 p.m. Nov. 25; 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 26; 11 a.m. Nov. 27; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Nov. 28 through Nov. 30.
How much: $32.75 to $337.25; call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com
The Academy Award-winning animated movie, which yielded an Oscar-winning song in "Let it Go" — as sung by Idina Menzel — hit theaters last November. But the film proved it was still a hot ticket last month, when children, adults and whole families dressed as the movie's characters for Halloween.
Unlike some other Disney movies adapted for the ice, the tale naturally takes to a wintry surface.
"The film was just meant, I mean, to be on ice," says Gig Siruno, 43, performance director for the show. Having skated for 28 years — he was a national figure-skating champion in the early '90s — as a cast member for Disney On Ice, he once played Aladdin and Mowgli from "The Jungle Book," characters from films based in decidedly warmer climes.
One of the signature moments of the Feld Entertainment ice show, which premiered in Florida in September, is when the audience gets coated with a dusting of "snow."
"We can go anywhere from a light flurry to a full-blown blizzard," says Siruno, who hails from the not-so-temperate Minneapolis.
We can go anywhere from a light flurry to a full-blown blizzard.
The other signature moment, of course, is when the platinum-haired Elsa sings "Let it Go" atop the North Mountain. The soundtrack is largely taken from the movie — no skaters actually sing — including another popular song, "Do You Want to Build a Snowman", as performed by Kristen Bell, who plays Anna. Menzel voices Elsa, her sister, who is literally an ice queen — she unwittingly traps the vaguely Nordic land of Arendelle in a permafrost.
Getting more mileage out of those Halloween costumes, many audience members have been dressing up as their favorite "Frozen" character, Siruno says.
In the show, projection screens display images from the movie. Siruno has watched "Frozen" up to five times in the theater, and often returns to it for inspiration.
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