The due behind the hugely successful songs of Disney's Frozen have announced a new musical, but what can we expect from the production?
Anything Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez put their name to will immediately turn to gold given the monumental success of Frozen and their hugely respectable selection of highly regarded past projects. The animated Disney film not only won an Oscar for the song “Let It Go”, which featured Idina Menzel on vocals, but also attracted audiences so extensive it helped cement the film as the biggest Disney smash in years. Children were enraptured by the soaring anthems penned by the Lopez duo whilst it also found acceptance and admiration from adults.
The songwriting duo celebrate winning the Oscar for Best Original Song.
They also provided the music for 2011’s stage adaptation of Winnie The Pooh as well as the stage translation of Finding Nemo. Robert Lopez has also won accolades for his song writing that helped spur South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s The Book Of Mormon, as well as puppet-based musical Avenue Q, to box-office smashes. The next venture from the in-vogue song writing duo will be the stage musical Up Here which is set for a run at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse during the 2015-16 season.
There is potential for the show to move to the heralded grounds of Broadway if it can register a strong showing with critics and audiences on the West Coast. Directing the show will be Alex Timbers, the man responsible for the success of off-Broadway attraction Here Lies Love as well as the current Broadway production of Rocky. Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions will provide the arrangements for the show, with the company already aiding in the successes of Broadway hits The Colour Purple and The Pee-Wee Herman Show.
The plot details remain vague but it has been revealed that the story will follow the exploits of Dan, a socially awkward millennial adolescent whose potential romance with a woman is impeded by a tumultuous happening in his subconscious mind. The pair described the new production as being "about moving past ourselves – and those little voices in our head – to find happiness". The husband and wife duo have described the new stage romantic comedy as “Annie Hall meets Cirque Du Soleil”, which brings to mind images of a bumbling Woody Allen being tossed around by a selection of trapeze artists whilst he delivers an amusing soliloquy to camera.
"As you can imagine with the Lopezes, it is witty, it is wicked smart, it is irreverent, and it's youthful in its energy. It will appeal to a broad audience but it certainly will be something that even millennials will relate to," said producer Scott Sanders. Given the credibility afforded to the pair, it seems Up Here will follow the path of their previous productions and be a sure-fire hit with critics and audiences alike.