Idina Menzel is a huge name on the Broadway stage, but she’s never made as much of an impact on screen, despite popping up in the likes of Rent, Enchanted and playing Rachel’s birth mother in Glee. However now her voice will be getting a major outing in Disney’s Frozen, which is inspired by the fairytale The Snow Queen.
Slated for release November 2013 and directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf’s Up), Frozen will also feature Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, with Menzel as Elsa, the Snow Queen.
In Frozen, a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
The movie will feature original songs by Broadway greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Robert Lopez is a three-time Tony Award-winner thanks to The Book of Mormon, which was co-written with Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park), and the musical Avenue Q, which ran for six years on Broadway and four years in London’s West End. Lopez teamed with wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, whose Drama Desk-winning show In Transit is Broadway-bound, to write original songs for 2011’s Winnie the Pooh, a stage version of Finding Nemo and a new musical called Up Here. (Source: Collider)