Some people have been asking me how do I know I will love this musical if I have never seen it live. There are actually some musicals I did fall in love with by the movie: Frozen was one of them. I never saw it as overrated and never grew tired of “Let it Go”. I actually could understand why so many children were falling in love with and why young adults loved it: I am young at heart and love Disney. Children do grow up with Disney: this generation of children are growing up with a different collection of princesses, but there is a good chance they are familiar with the classic princesses. Now, let me say why I love Frozen.
Once again, the songs are important to a musical. They are what make you able to connect to a plot and character. They are exciting songs- that is what the animated songs are. “Let it Go” and “For the First Time in Forever” are my favorites. I still have yet to see the stage show- once they did give Anna a solo, “True Love”, but when the US Tour began, they actually cut it from the entire show- that was a heartbreaking song happening at a pivotal moment for her: good thing: don’t understand the the reasoning behind that. To me, I still consider that a part of Frozen. The new songs develop the characters further: even that cut song that Anna once had developed her further.
Elsa- Who can not fall in love with a older sister who has ice/snow powers? Elsa has conflict here- not knowing how to control them. She does love her sister, but is afraid she will hurt her. There are some people in Arendelle who misunderstand her- they think she is a monster after accidentally showing her powers. Fear is one of the biggest battles she has to face- she can’t let that control her. I actually see her as a parallel to Elphaba.
Anna- She is the younger, outgoing, optimistic, and impulsive sister of Elsa. She is not really thinking when Hans asks her to marry him: not a good idea (one bit). She believes its true love- however is the true love Anna and Hans or is the true love between Anna and another character. She is the one to go after Elsa. SPOILERS: It is really Kristoff that in love with Anna, and Hans was never in love with Anna. Elsa accidentally hit Anna with her powers leaving her with a frozen heart: the only way to save her is through an act of true love: Hans admits he doesn’t love her when she does come back to the castle. Guess where the true love in Frozen came from: the love between the two sisters: Anna and Elsa. It does remind me of the friendship in Wicked.
Of all contemporary Disney princesses, it is Anna I relate to the most: however if someone ever asks me who you like more Elsa or Anna, I probably would not know the answer. In some ways, it is Anna- after all, isn’t she technically the only princess in Frozen because Elsa becomes Queen early on in Frozen?
Kristoff- I don’t quite know how to describe him. He has an amazing relationship with Sven, his reindeer. It is hard to even notice that Anna and Kristoff will fall in love.
Olaf- That adorable and funny snowman who wants to experience summer: seems ironic for a snowman. So many people find him annoying, but I love him.
Hans- As expected, I don’t like him. At first, he appears to be the “good guy”- he is only pretending- it is only near the end when you see who the real Hans is.
One of the things I am loving about Disney storylines these days is that the “true love” is no longer the romance. It is more focused on something other than romance- as in sisterhood. I think that is part of what made Frozen that successful. It is about two sisters who once had a beautiful bond, but later broken to protect the younger, but eventually the once beautiful bond was the answer all along: the way to control Elsa’s powers and to break Arendelle out of the eternal Winter was love. Both of them loved each other: Elsa was staying isolated from Anna due to fear of hurting her, but Anna was trying to get closer to form that really close bond again: if only Elsa know that was the answer all along: she needed Anna’s love for her: “true love” was between the two of them.
For a couple of months, I know why I loved Frozen, but did not know why I loved it in the level I loved it. A couple years later, I realized there were some parallels to Wicked: Elphaba/Elsa, Glinda/Anna, Friendship/Sisterhood, and “Let it Go”/”Defying Gravity”- being both empowering songs about accepting yourself for who you are and actually sounding very similar (not because the same actress originated both roles, but if you actually really listened you would know what I mean). All of a sudden that made sense- after all Wicked in so many ways was the beginning of my musical journey.
This year, in October, I am going to see Frozen-hopefully.