warning Hi, we've moved to USCANNENBERGMEDIA.COM. Visit us there!

Neon Tommy - Annenberg digital news

THEATER TALK: Dream-Casting 'Frozen' On Broadway

Katie Buenneke |
January 28, 2014 | 12:46 p.m. PST

Theater Editor

Earlier this month, it was announced that Disney’s smash hit “Frozen” will be coming to Broadway soon. The movie featured an extremely talented voice cast, but it seems unlikely that they’ll reprise their roles for Broadway. Composers Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote a wonderful score, and I can’t help but wonder what it would sound like if some of my favorite Broadway performers sang it. And so, without further ado, I present my dream cast for “Frozen” on Broadway.

READ MORE: Soundtrack Review: 'Frozen'

Lindsay Mendez as Elsa
I’ve been in awe of Lindsay Mendez for quite a while now. I was first introduced to her singing through my compulsive YouTube research of new musical theater composers like Ryan Scott Oliver, but since then, I’ve seen her in “Godspell” and “Dogfight,” on and off Broadway, respectively. She’s an immensely talented performer who I think could handle Elsa’s internal struggle with aplomb. Oh, and did I mention she’s currently playing Elphaba in “Wicked”? Check out her rendition of “The Wizard and I” below.

READ MORE: Theater Review: 'Dogfight' Off-Broadway

Betsy Wolfe as Anna
I could go on about how much I love Betsy Wolfe indefinitely but I’ll just let you watch her sing “A Summer in Ohio” from “The Last Five Years” instead. Just try not to fall in love with her. It’s impossible, she’s an infinitely endearing performer.

READ MORE: Theater Talk: The Genius Of 'The Last Five Years'

Aaron Tveit as Kristoff
If he can be wooed back from the world of TV (Tveit is currently starring in “Graceland” on USA), I think Tveit (who you may recognize as Enjolras from the "Les Miserables" movie) would be a great Kristoff. He’s a total dreamboat, he can play edgy (Gabe in “Next to Normal,” Roger in “Rent”), he can play charming (Fiyero in “Wicked,” Link Larkin in “Hairspray”), he can even play Leonardo DiCaprio (ok, not quite, but he did play Frank Abagnale, Jr. in “Catch Me If You Can” on Broadway). Check him out singing “Along the Way” from “Edges” and watch him melt your heart.

READ MORE: Theater Review: 'Catch Me If You Can' On Broadway

Matt Doyle as Hans
Matt Doyle first stole my heart as the delightfully manipulative Hanschen in “Spring Awakening,” and he just finished a run as Elder Price in “The Book of Mormon” on Broadway, so he’s already a pro at singing a Bobby Lopez score. I’d love to see him tear my heart to bits as Hans, and after watching him sing Kerrigan & Lowdermilk’s “Run Away With Me” he’ll tear yours to bits too.

Alex Wyse as Olaf
Josh Gad’s comedic shoes are incredibly difficult to fill, but I have full faith that Alex Wyse could do it. He was winningly charming and funny in “Lysistrata Jones” and “Triassic Parq” on and off-Broadway. and I think he’d be entirely endearing as everyone’s favorite anthropomorphic snowman. Here he is singing “The Phone Call” from a show called “Bromance: The Dudesical.” (Warning: NSFW language)

READ MORE: Theater Review: 'Triassic Parq' Off-Broadway

Jefferson Mays as the Duke

GIF credit Zap2It/Disney
GIF credit Zap2It/Disney
Watching Mays run all over the stage playing eight characters at “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is a sight unto itself, but I think he’d be great as the comically villainous Duke. Just imagine him doing the chicken dance! Mays is woefully underrepresented on YouTube, but to get a sense for his stylings, watch this clip of him singing “I Don’t Understand the Poor” from the aforementioned musical.

Handspring Puppet Company as Sven
Handspring Puppet Company is the group that did the puppets for “War Horse.” Needless to say, I think their incredibly realistic techniques would lend themselves well to Kristoff’s reindeer buddy, Sven.

Who would you want to see in "Frozen" on Broadway? Tell us in the comments below

For more theater coverage, click here.

Editor's note: an earlier version of this article misattributed "The Phone Call." It is from "Bromance: The Dudesical," not "Bromance: The Musical."

Reach Theater Editor Katie here; follow her on Twitter here.



Craig Gillespie directed this true story about "the most daring rescue mission in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard.”

Watch USC Annenberg Media's live State of the Union recap and analysis here.