Monday, July 15, 2024

Broadway: Disney’s Musical “Frozen” Will “Let it Go” After 825 Performances, Won’t Resume After Shows Come Back This Fall


The Broadway lockdown has claimed a victim: Disney’s “Frozen.” The party’s over. The show is closing up shop and not returning when Broadway returns– whenever that may be.

“Frozen” opened officially on March 22, 2018 and was a hit with audiences and mostly with reviewers. It wasn’t a Tony Award winning production, though, and in time sales did slow a bit. If the pandemic hadn’t hit, the producers would have kept it going, no doubt, for tourists. “Frozen” played 825 performances and 26 previews.

The show was basically built around the one song from the movie that everyone knew, “Let it go.” And now, they will let it go for good.

I will miss the crowds of parents with little girls dressed like Elsa running up and down 44th St. to the St. James Theater while we adults were trying to make our shows. I’m sure there will be a new show next year that will bring back the next generation of burgeoning theatergoers.

“Frozen” won’t be the only long running show to announce a closing. Many of the Great White Way’s older shows won’t be able to wait out the lockdown, which now runs at least through Labor Day if not longer. Marginal shows will go. But things like “Hamilton” and “The Lion King” will no doubt return.

The lockdown is tough tough tough for everyone– the producers, the theater owners, the actors, musicians, crews. When things start up again, there will be partying in the streets.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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