The big budget musical Frozen will not reopen when Broadway theatres restart, marking the first time an established show has been felled by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Disney show opened in March 2018 and placed among the top five Broadway productions for both gross and attendance over both years it ran, often pulling in over $1 million (all figures U.S.), and even $2 million a week.
Until now, only shows that were waiting to officially open have announced postponements or cancellations. Disney still has The Lion King and Aladdin on Broadway and five productions of Frozen worldwide.
Citing the “global pandemic,” Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, said Thursday that running three Disney shows on Broadway was “untenable.”
— Caissie Levy (@CaissieLevy) May 14, 2020
Caissie Levy, the Canadian actress who originated the role of Elsa on Broadway, tweeted that the news was a “heartbreak,” adding “We will always be a family. Sending love to all the devoted fans of our beautiful show.”