Sunday night I attended a special “Frozen“ musical performance at Vibrato Grill Jazz club with cast members Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad (Olaf), and Santino Fontana (Hans) singing the songs of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by David Metzger.
Bell was funny doing her little girl Anna for “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”; Bell and Fontana had flirty fun with “Love is an Open Door”; Gad performed “In Summer” with a bravado that reminded me of Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion from “The Wizard of Oz” (in fact, Gad admitted to me afterward that Lahr and “Oz” were indeed an inspiration); and Menzel once again brought great power and intimacy to her Oscar-nominated “Let It Go.”
The packed house included the husband and wife songwriting team, composer Christophe Beck, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, and production designer Michael Giaimo, who also admitted that “Oz” was a touchstone along with “Sleeping Beauty.” Some of the post-performance conversation included Gad trying to convince Lee that they should do an Olaf sequel with a “Godfather II” vibe.
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