Frozen on Broadway is so good that one woman has seen it 28 times. Even better, Disney has made the shows accessible. The Disney musical has sold out shows on Broadway New York and in July 2020, Frozen on Broadway will be coming to Sydney. Noah Ricketts plays Kristoff in the hit musical alongside a charmingly funny Putti Murin as Anna. Ricketts grew up in Louisville Kentucky and stumbled into musical theatre after breaking his arm two days before he was due to attend sports camp. “My mum was like: ‘well, we can’t send you to the sports camp, but this theatre camp will take you’,” Rickets says. “It was called Broadway Bootcamp. I refused but she made me go.” That decision changed his life: “Immediately I was hooked.” Ricketts was part of the original Frozen the musical cast. He started in the ensemble and understudied Kristoff in New York and Denver. He successfully auditioned for the role when Jelani Alladin left the cast. Family Travel had a sneak peek of the show at the IPW Travel conference in Anaheim California this month and we can honestly say that it was mind-blowing. If you’re worried that your child is now “over Frozen” – don’t be. I put my nine-year-old former Frozen-addicted daughter on Facetime as the show was on and she was squealing with excitement. Even if you have watched Disney Frozen 137-million times (as I have). You will find something different to love about Frozen the Musical. “What makes Broadway so special is it’s live entertainment,” Rickets says. “It’s a true connection at it’s finest and it can move people so deeply.” “There is something you don’t get from TV or film that you do get from the theatre, that connection to the audience that’s live and anything can happen at any moment.” Disney’s Frozen on Broadway offers a deeper backstory than the film. It also has 12 new songs written by Bobby & Kristen-Anderson Lopez. “It’s a show that’s about and for true love,” Ricketts says. “It’s something we can all connect to. I think that even though Frozen is an animated feature, they will take away something that is so much deeper than that – it’s a musical for all people, all aspects of the family.” Ricketts has three tips for Australians coming to New York to see a Broadway show.
- See a show that is Disney. “Disney shows give you a fully-rounded experience beyond just the standards of a Broadway Show. They really immerse you in the world of the musical.”
- Snacks are encouraged. Get a snack and sit back an enjoy it.
- Do the stage door.
The first autism-friendly performance of a Broadway show was The Lion King. Disney worked closely with the Theatre Development Fund, a non-profit organisation committed to providing access to Broadway for all New Yorkers, to develop a groundbreaking program called the Autism Theatre Initiative. Since starting in 2011, additional autism-friendly performances of Disney shows on Broadway, on tour and in London have provided a chance for children with autism to experience Disney’s musicals in a friendly and supportive environment. For each show, slight adjustments to the production are made with quiet and activity areas in the theatre lobby that are staffed with autism specialists, for any needs a child may have during the performance.