Let It Go: Frozen the Musical

A few weeks ago, a friend from middle school came to visit NYC for a conference and asked if I was interested in hanging out. We ended up meeting up for the first time since 2004, and spent almost the whole weekend together, which included a YOLO last-minute purchase of Frozen: The Broadway Musical tickets.

Hiro in Outdoor Ed in… 2000? 2001? We are all living in very different parts of the country, doing very different things now.

The last time we interacted was as middle schoolers, back in Maryland.  Now, I live in New York City, and she is a PhD student in California.  How incredible social media is, that you are able to keep in touch with people from your life from over a decade ago, and be able to seamlessly schedule and execute time together!

Since we were friends on Facebook since Facebook first came out, we both knew (vaguely) what each other were up to, so it wasn’t as awkward as I had feared it would be, to catch up on 14 years worth of life.  Somehow, reflecting on that concept just now is just as amazing as experiencing it.  We reminisced about our middle school days, and what our mutual friends have been up to for the past decade and a half.  We’ve all gone such different ways, in ways that were inconceivable back then.

Lunch: Kati Rolls!

She was attending a conference, so we met up when she had a few hours break on the Saturday.  Because she keeps a Halal diet, we tried out The Kati Roll Company in midtown.

We both got “Unda Chicken Roll,” for $6.95 each.  It was “Flatbread layered with freshly beaten egg and Chicken Tikka (chicken breast, marinated with yogurt and spices and grilled on a skewer) filling.”  They had free masala chai tea, too.  The portions were smaller than I expected (I guess I’ve just come to expect burrigo-sized things when I get rolls!), but it was a lot more filling than I expected.  That was the first time I’d ever had a kati, and I’m sold!

Nerd Tour: To Kino and Nintendo Store!

Since she’s a video game nerd and I like indulging my otaku self, we walked to the Nintendo Store and Kinokuniya after lunch.

If you are a video game fan, and you’re in NYC, I highly recommend the Nintendo Store.  I always want to take all the Pokemon plushies home…  They periodically have Nintendo related events, too (I heard a few weeks back, Detective Pikachu made an appearance… Lol.)

Bar Hopping… I mean… Cafe Hopping

For the last few hours before she had to head back to the conference, we hopped around a few cafes.  We drank bubble tea and ate green tea cream puffs, chatting about life, work, and thoughts.

That was when she brought up that she was looking to buy Frozen: The Broadway Musical tickets for the next day.  In the beginning, I had no intention of going, but she mentioned that she could get tickets for cheaper if she bought 2 at once, because people were looking to generally get rid of two tickets instead of just one.

I’d been meaning to watch Frozen at sometime, but I knew that if I kept on saying sometime, it’ll just never happen.

If you know me in real life, you’ll know me to be the worst decision maker. Especially when it comes to buying something.  It will take me weeks, if not months, to make the decision, because I have this strange aversion to commitment and spending money.  Planning trips with me is a disaster unless (like my boyfriend), you take it upon yourself to just do it and tell me later.

So this spontaneous decision to buy a Frozen Broadway musical ticket for the next day was the most YOLO thing I’d done in a while.  And while I felt guilty about the money (I always feel guilty about the money), it felt exhilarating that I’m doing something so out of character for me.

It wasn’t until I was heading home from Manhattan with my boyfriend after dinner that I remembered… I had to work the next day.

The Mad Scramble

Cursing myself for YOLO-ing, I scrambled to text my manager at 10PM to see if I could move my 3PM work to the morning instead (I was implementing a system change that required off-hours manipulation).

The next morning, I got up, went to feed my sister’s cat at 9AM, did the change control at 11AM, had brunch, then ran to Broadway to meet up at the theater.  Meanwhile repeating, “Never YOLO-ing ever again. Never YOLO-ing ever again…”

Frozen: The Broadway Musical

It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all
Up here in the cold thin air I finally can breathe
I know left a life behind but I’m too relieved to grieve

Frozen the Musical was at St. James Theatre, which I’d never been to before.  Anastasia The Broadway Musical was in Broadhurt Theater, which was across the street.  I watched it last June for my birthday, and I loved it!

Some other Broadway Shows I’ve watched are Finding Neverland (“How Peter became Pan”), and Les Mis.  Living here, I am always intending on watching Broadway, but I never get to it.  One I wanted to see but missed was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  Before I could get my act together, the show had closed.

Turn my back and slam the door
And here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Let it go, let it go
The cold never bothered me anyway

Since Anastasia’s musical took a completely different approach than the movie, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Frozen.  I figured they wouldn’t be changing the main plot, but couldn’t assume, since Anastasia changed components quite a bit.

Differences from Frozen the Movie

My absolute favorite character in Frozen was Olaf.  He was a puppet controlled by a not-at-all camouflaged man standing behind him. Sven the Reindeer was also a human forever stuck on all fours.  They didn’t even let him take his Reindeer-head off at the bow at the end!

They cut out the Trolls and replaced them with “Hidden Folks,” drawn from Scandinavian folklore, who were gorgeous, admittedly, but I guess Trolls weren’t sexy enough for Broadway!

There were extra scenes and songs put in, to the tune of almost half of the songs were originals.  They all melded nicely with the thematic elements of the show, and the choreography for the dances was awesome.

As was with Anastasia, they made great use of the special effects, lights, and technology.  The newer Broadway shows take advantage of the screens, lights, and other special effects available these days in the field of theater, and make the stage look like real movie scenes.

Let It Go (let’s face it, that’s what EVERYONE was waiting for) wasn’t as climatic as I had hoped.  But other songs (especially the originals) more than made up for it.  I think the cast really shined on the original songs, since they weren’t attempting to mimic other people.

I am a Monster

My favorite Original song from Frozen: The Broadway Musical is titled Monster.  It was sung by Elsa (Caissie Levy), and was composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

“Fear will be our enemy
And death its consequence”
That’s what they once said to me
And it’s starting to make sense
All this pain, all this fear began because of me
Is the thing they see, the thing I have to be

A monster, were they right?
Has the dark in me finally come to light?
Am I a monster full of rage
Nowhere to go but on a rampage?
Or am I just a monster in a cage?

The lyrics were so dark, I had hard time believing they managed to slip this into a children’s show.

(You can read the lyrics on Genius.)

That Cursed Child

Another show I’ve been wanting to see is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  I read the script to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and thought it was the worst OOC fanfic with myriad of OCs I’ve read in a while, but for childhood-nostalgia sake, I want to watch it.

Ticket prices are absurd ($1600 for “decent” seats for 2), so I’d only watch it if I won the raffles. But it’s one of those “one of these days, maybe I’ll get lucky,” kind of thing.  (We decided we’ll use the $1600 to instead, take a vacation… So we’re off to San Francisco this weekend for a week!)

Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway…

Have you seen any Broadway shows? Or any Theater shows?  What was your favorite?

What’s a Broadway (or non-Broadway) show you wish you could see?

Hiroko Nishimura
AWS Community Hero. Special Education teacher turned IT Engineer turned Technical Writer. Author "AWS for Non-Engineers" (Manning Publications). Technical Instructor "Introduction to AWS for Non-Engineers" (LinkedIn Learning).

11 thoughts on “Let It Go: Frozen the Musical”

  1. I saw Cursed Child in March and it was amazing! I got my tickets at stubhub. You can get them for $175-$300 for both parts. I do the TodayTix every Friday hoping to hit the $40 lottery. I want to see it again.

    Enjoy San Francisco! My 3 week Asia trip (hitting up Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macao and China) is coming up in 2 weeks and I’m super excited.

    1. Ahhh have you left? Leaving soon??? SO EXCITING. Agh. You have to tell me all about it when you come back!!

      I’ve put the Friday Lottery on my calendar every week to just check out. Hahaha.

  2. I was able to score tix to Cursed Child but at $800 total to see it in Feb 2019. At 30 seconds to timeout, I chickened out. To see the show when its seemingly frozen outside as a vacation did not sound fun. I keep getting emails that they’ve released more tickets and could have scored a better date. But I still have a problem paying almost a thousand for 2. Especially when I factor vacations costs.

    May you win the Raffle!

    1. I did the wait-list thing too, and was super close to checking out for $1600 (for 2 people), but alas. To our SF vacation that fund went. And no regrets. LOL. I’ll just continue poking around at the Friday raffles. Seems like quite a few people I know have gotten it thru it, so maybe I will too! 🙂

  3. Oooh, I haven’t seen Broadway musicals for years now! I think the last time I saw one was Wicked. (I don’t think Cirque du Soleil that I watched last March counts haha ^^)

    I did see Mamma Mia the last time I was in NYC with Mom and two cousins. It was one of my goals to at least watch a Broadway stage performance at the original NYC Broadway and I finally had that fulfilled. That was like 10+ years ago though hahaha.

    Ah, you’re arriving in San Francisco this weekend? I wish we could meet up but I’ll be out of town with family this weekend.

    1. Wicked is TOTALLY a classic! I haven’t seen it though… Lion King, Wicked, Cats was out for a few months too again… One of these days, I’ll watch them!!

      I’m glad SF weather treated me well for the most part! I left at 95 degrees here, so it was definitely such a nice break from that… ;_;

  4. Why are tickets so expensive for The Cursed Child?! I understand the licensing needs and all that jazz, but $1600 is the equivalent to monthly rent in a lot of areas here, so it seems more like vacation money to me, too!

    Why’s the playbill for Anastasia a rainbow? Do they perform an LGBT version live?

    Anyway, it sounds like you two had quite a bit of fun! ^^;

    1. Oh yeah; you can definitely pay rent in A LOT of shared apartments even in NYC for $1600!! I think it’s because 1) it’s 2 shows you have to see, and 2) THEY CAN. And they do… Capitalism at its best… o_O

      And I think for Anastasia, it was some Gay Pride event. Maybe it was Gay Pride Week? Haha. But I do recall going, “Oh, it’s because of XYZ” when I got the pamphlet last year.

    1. The original songs were mostly really good, especially with choreography/dancing! I feel like I should take advantage of the fact I live 30 minutes away from Broadway… Haha.

  5. Ahhh I envy you for living so close to Broadway!!! T_T I love theater and I love watching shows so much, even though I don’t get to do it often!

    Frozen the Musical sounds like something I would watch, haha! And it’s great that there are lots of original songs too, it spices things up so you would still feel excited to see the stage adaptation even though you’ve already watched the movie 😀

    When I was in the US for a vacation, I really made sure to watch Wicked. It’s an amazing production and even though the tickets were expensive, it was all worth it! <3

    In the Philippines, I watch a lot of local productions. There are some original Filipino musicals, but some local theater companies also produce foreign works like The Little Mermaid, Next To Normal, and The King and I. Oh and I also caught the world tour of Les Miserables and it was wonderful!!! <3

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