Reviewer rating: ★★★★★

After a successful debut season in Sydney, and a covid-delayed opening, Melbourne’s East End theatre district finally welcomes Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Hans, Kristoff, Weselton and of course Sven, plus all the citizens of Arendelle in Disney’s Frozen.

You would have to have been living under a rock since 2013 to not have heard of Frozen, and I’m sure all parents out there can sing the words to a certain song, but the stage production takes the animated classic to a whole new world (see what I did there).

Company of Frozen - Australian Production

Company of Frozen – Australian Production

An opening night is always special, but with all that Melbourne, Australia and the musical theatre and arts community have been through the past 15 or so months, opening nights feel extra special right now. And that was certainly the vibe at Her Majesty’s on an appropriately chilly winters eve.

Applause rang out from the moment the curtains opened and never really stopped the entire night.

Before I go much further, here are some mind boggling figures about this production of Frozen.

  • It is one of the most technically advanced productions ever mounted in Australia with a total cast of 38, an incredible 440 costumes, and 65 tonnes of scenery and automation.
  • The costumes, all handmade in Australia, saw a 70-person team engaged to bring the opulent setting of Arendelle to life.
  • Elsa’s ice dress alone takes one person 60 days to sew on 14,000 beads and crystals, and three months to make the dress from start to finish.
  • Costume fabrics and trims have been sourced from fourteen different countries around the world.
  • 145 wigs, hair and facial hair pieces, 90 handmade hats and 120 pairs of custom-made shoes make up the incredible cast wardrobe.
  • The production uses 350 litres of liquid CO2, refilled once a week, to pump out the fog during each show.
  • There are 75 million individual video pixels used throughout the set to ‘freeze’ over the whole set from floor to ceiling – the tiles are the second smallest used in the world and are the size of your pupil.
Company of Frozen, Let The Sun Shine On - Australian Production

Company of Frozen, Let The Sun Shine On – Australian Production

All that aside, what hands down gives this production it’s beating (unfrozen) heart and HYGGE soul is the extraordinary Australian cast, lead beautifully by the simply adorable Courtney Monsma as Anna and the powerful Jemma Rix as Elsa. Everyone’s favourite snowman, Olaf, is so very cleverly brought to life by Matt Lee and everyone’s favourite reindeer is expertly puppeted by Jonathan Macmillan or Locie McIntyre. 

It’s quite easy to believe that Thomas McGuane was born to play Hans, with a face straight out of a Disney fairytale. But the actual prince of the show, Kristoff, is heartwarmingly delivered by Sean Sinclair. Rounding out the principal cast is Aljin Abella as the scene-stealing Weselton.

Jemma Rix as Elsa

Jemma Rix

However, this wouldn’t be Frozen without a young Anna and Elsa, and on opening night they were played by Stella Partridge and Isobel Lauber. If Abella was a scene-stealer as Weselton, then both Patridge and Monsma steal the show as Anna.

They both bring the most charming childlike innocence to the character that you simply can’t take your eyes off them when they are on stage. All of the quirks that we love from the animated character are so deftly portrayed, it’s simply quite a wonder to watch.

Courtney Monsma and Thomas McGuane

Courtney Monsma and Thomas McGuane

Of course, it goes without saying that watching Rix as Elsa is like watching a true master of their craft at work. She manages Elsa’s inner turmoil deftly, until it explodes into that song. You may have seen how the “Let It Go” reveal works on YouTube, but until you see it in real life, on the stage set so beautifully designed by Christopher Oram, you cannot describe the heart stopping act 1 finale number.

Speaking of the music, there have been an additional 12 numbers written for the stage production, but they blend in beautifully as they were composed by the original songwriters of the film Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The book was written by Jennifer Lee, who also wrote the original film, so there is a strong continuity between film and stage.

One stand-out song addition is the utterly charming “Hygge”, delivered by Blake Appelqvist as Oaken, and serves as the act 2 opening number. I can’t remember the last time I smiled, from my heart and soul, as I did during that number.

When you think seriously about it, Frozen is a complicated story. Family, power, trust, fear, love, deception, community, loss, pain, joy, grief, happiness and sorrow. But ultimately, it’s a story about two sisters, who no matter what, will always act with true love in their heart.

And that’s what saves the day.

Frozen is an incredibly entertaining true visual feast, and a stunning showcase of the incredible depth and talent of musical theatre stars we are so blessed to have here in Australia.

Jemma Rix and the Company of Frozen - Australian Production

Jemma Rix and the Company of Frozen – Australian Production

Photo credit: Lisa Tomasetti

General Information

Playing now at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne 

Book at www.frozenthemusical.com.au 

Groups 12+ email [email protected]

Tickets from $49.50 – $199.50*

*No transaction fee for tickets purchased via Ticketek 

Ticketing Information

Disney Theatrical Productions are pleased to offer accessible pricing options, including tickets for as low as $49.50.  

There are no transaction fees for tickets purchased via Ticketek and customers will now have the choice of many payment methods including AfterPay.

Get a group of 4 together and save up to $77 with a Frozen ME+3 ticket option. To purchase, find your preferred Wed and Thu evening performances outside school holidays in A Reserve Grand Circle and select four seats with ME+3 prices.

Experience the magic of Frozen with friends and family. Save up to $20 per ticket when you book a group of 12 or more. Contact the Ticketek Groups team on [email protected].

COVID-19 Ticketing Information

Guest safety is Disney Theatrical Productions’ top priority and a COVID exchange policy is in place for peace of mind.

If a ticker-holder tests positive or is awaiting test results they are asked to not come to the theatre. Ticketek will exchange tickets free of charge for a later performance, outside of the isolation period. Ticket holders just need to contact Ticketek here.

If a ticket holder wakes up feeling unwell on the day of the performance they need not worry. They can call the Her Majesty’s Theatre Box Office on (03) 8643 3300 and staff will happily exchange their tickets to a new performance.

Disney Theatrical Productions will continue to follow all state and federal government advice and should advice or circumstances change, patrons will be contacted as soon as possible. No patron is allowed to attend the theatre if they are symptomatic, have tested positive to COVID-19 or are awaiting test results.

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