Disney's "Frozen" becomes first long-running musical to permanently close amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Thursday, Disney announced that the lights above Frozen will be going dark, permanently. The musical hit first opened at the St. James Theatre in New York on March 22, 2018, and will not be returning once Broadway reopens—whenever that happens.
Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer at Disney Theatrical Productions, said in a statement:
“In the summer of 2013 when Frozen began its road to Broadway, two things were unimaginable: that we’d soon have five productions worldwide, and a global pandemic would so alter the world economy that running three Disney shows on Broadway would become untenable. The extraordinary contribution of Broadway’s original company, plus those who have joined more recently cannot be overstated. Frozen, like all shows, is wholly dependent on those who create and perform them but this was an uncommonly close and talented group and they’ll be missed. Finally, I have to acknowledge our incredible audiences; night after night, the fans showed us how much they loved this show and we look forward to seeing them at Frozen around the world.”
During the course of its two-year run on Broadway, Frozen grossed more than $150 million, with 1.3 million people attending shows.
As a whole, Broadway has been dark since it initially closed on March 12, with a date of reopening to fall on June 7. However, that date has since been pushed back to September 8. No word on if that date will get pushed again ...
“While all Broadway shows would love to resume performances as soon as possible, we need to ensure the health and well-being of everyone who comes to the theater — behind the curtain and in front of it — before shows can return,” Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin said Tuesday in a statement.
Frozen's original actresses, Patti Murin and Caissie Levy, who played Anna and Elsa, respectfully, took to Twitter on Thursday in light of the news.
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