Discover the Cast & Creative Team
Introducing Anna and Elsa
When Frozen comes to life on stage later this year, our favourite sisters will be played by the incredibly talented Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon! Watch this video to find out more about our leading ladies.
Place of Birth: Douglas, Isle of Man.
Theatre: Chess (Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall / Tokyo International Forum Hall); Pretty Woman: The Musical (Chicago/Broadway); The Last Five Years (St James Theatre); Amelie (Berkeley Rep); City Of Angels (Donmar Warehouse); Chicago (Hollywood Bowl); 24 Hour Plays (Los Angeles); Oliver! (UK Tour); Les Misérables (Queens Theatre); Cabaret (Birmingham Rep Theatre).
Television: I’d Do Anything (BBC1); The Final Quest (ITV1).
Film: For Love Or Money; Bitter Harvest; Interlude in Prague; The Devil’s Harvest; The Christmas Candle; Jack and The Cuckoo-Clock Heart; Les Misérables.
Other: Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer (Les Misérables).
Twitter and Instagram @samanthabarks
Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland.
Training: Trinity College, Dublin.
Theatre: The Commitments (Palace Theatre); Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre); Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined (Criterion Theatre); What’s It All About?: Bacharach Reimagined (Menier Chocolate Factory); Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Gate Theatre, Dublin); Improbable Frequency (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin); The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle (Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh); Cinderella (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin); Anglo: The Musical (Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin / Olympia Theatre Dublin); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UK tour).
Television: Fair City (RTÉ); Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Film: Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion; Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth.
MUSIC AND LYRICS
Broadway: co-creator/writer of In Transit (Broadway’s first a cappella musical). Regional: Frozen (Denver Center); Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse); Finding Nemo: The Musical (Disney World, running since 2006). Film: Frozen 2; Pixar’s Coco (Oscar® Best Original Song win for “Remember Me”); Frozen (Oscar and Grammy Award® wins for “Let it Go”); Winnie The Pooh. TV: songs for The 87th Academy Awards (Emmy® nomination); “The Comedians,” “Wonder Pets.” 2014 recipient, and now proud board member, of the Lilly Awards. Williams College graduate, BMI Workshop, Dramatists Guild council. She lives in Brooklyn with Robert and their two daughters.
MUSIC AND LYRICS
Broadway: co-creator/writer of The Book of Mormon (nine Tony® Awards including Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Musical); co-creator/songwriter of Avenue Q (three Tony Awards including Best Original Score and Best Musical). Regional: Frozen (Denver Center); Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse); 1001 Nights (Atlantic Theater). Film: Frozen 2; Pixar’s Coco (Oscar® Best Original Song win for “Remember Me”); Frozen (Oscar Best Original Song win for “Let It Go”). TV: songs for The 87th Academy Awards, “The Simpsons,” “South Park,” “Scrubs,” “Wonder Pets”. One of 12 artists to win Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar and Tony Awards (EGOT). Yale University graduate, BMI Workshop, Dramatists Guild council. An NYC native, he lives in Brooklyn with Kristen and their two daughters.
Jennifer Lee is the Academy Award®-winning writer of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Frozen, which she also directed with Chris Buck. It became the number one animated film of all time, worldwide. For her work on Frozen, Lee received numerous awards including a Golden Globe, a Critics' Choice Award, a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award. Her Disney Animation career began as co-writer of the Oscar®-nominated Wreck-It Ralph. She also wrote the screenplay for Disney’s 2018 release A Wrinkle in Time. Lee recently completed her work as the director (with Chris Buck) and writer of Disney Animation’s Frozen 2.
Michael Grandage is the recipient of Tony®, Olivier, Drama Desk, Evening Standard, British Critics’ Circle and South Bank Awards. His Olivier Award-winning musicals include Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel and Guys and Dolls. Grandage received a Tony Award for Best Direction for Red and Tony nominations for Frost/Nixon and The Cripple of Inishmaan. Grandage served as Artistic Director of London’s Donmar Warehouse for 10 acclaimed seasons before establishing the Michael Grandage Company (MGC) in 2012. As Artistic Director of MGC, he directed Photograph 51, Henry V, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Peter and Alice and the feature film Genius. www.MichaelGrandageCompany.com
Rob Ashford is a Tony®, Olivier, Emmy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics' Circle Award-winning director/choreographer. NYC: Macbeth (Park Avenue Armory); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Evita (Tony nomination); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying… (Tony nominations - Direction, Choreography); Promises, Promises (Tony nomination); Cry-Baby (Drama Desk, Outer Critics' Circle, Astaire Award, Tony nomination); Curtains (Tony nomination); The Wedding Singer (Tony nomination); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award Best Choreography). London: The Winter’s Tale (Olivier nomination - Direction); Romeo and Juliet and The Entertainer (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company); Anna Christie (Olivier Award); A Streetcar Named Desire (Olivier nomination) and Parade (Olivier nomination – Direction, Choreography) at the Donmar Warehouse.
SCENIC AND COSTUME DESIGN
Christoper Oram is the recipient of Tony®, Olivier, Drama Desk, Evening Standard, Critics' Circle, Garland and Ovation awards. His work on Broadway includes Hughie (Booth); Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 (Winter Garden); The Cripple of Inishmaan (Cort); Evita (Marquis); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Rodgers). Additional work includes Red (Golden); Hamlet with Jude Law (Broadhurst); Frost/Nixon (Jacobs); Macbeth (Park Avenue Armory); King Lear (BAM) and Billy Budd (BAM). Instagram @christopheroram
Neil Austin is the recipient of three Tony©, two Olivier and two Drama Desk awards.
His recent West-End work includes: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child; Leopoldstadt; Company; The Night of the Iguana; Rosmersholm; Shakespeare in Love; The Lieutenant of Inishmore; Red; Ink; The Goat; Photograph 51 and Bend it Like
His Broadway work includes: Company; Ink; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Travesties; Hughie; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Evita; Red; Hamlet; The Seafarer and Frost/Nixon.
Peter is a seven-time Tony© nominee, plus a Grammy and Olivier nominee. Selected designs include: Anastasia; Something Rotten!; Rock of Ages; After Midnight; Motown; The Scottsboro Boys; Side Show; Rocky; Bullets Over Broadway; Shrek The Musical; On a Clear Day You Can See Forever; Lend Me A Tenor; Elf; Wonderland; Cry-Baby; The Times They Are A-Changin’; The Wedding Singer; Sweet Charity; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Little Women; Brooklyn. Other credits: Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas, Ragtime (London), Rocky Das Musical, King Kong.
Finn Ross has won two Olivier Awards, a Tony®, two Drama Desks and an OCC award. Recent work: Bat Out of Hell (West End); The Tempest (RSC); Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway/West End); American Psycho (Broadway/Almeida); Betrayal (Broadway); The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Royal Opera House); The Crossing (ART Boston); Chimerica (Almeida/West End); Death of Klinghoffer, The Damnation of Faust and Magic Flute (ENO); The Master and Margarita (Complicite); A Dog’s Heart (DNO).
Michael’s approach is unique, as he chooses to design and fabricate with a long-term team in his Oregon studio. The scenic designs, puppetry and performance effects from Michael Curry Design have been the cornerstone of shows for the past 30 years. Michael is best known for his work with The Lion King on Broadway, the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Met Opera, Cirque du Soleil and other worldwide spectacles.
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Broadway highlights: Dear Evan Hansen; War Paint (Drama Desk Award); She Loves Me; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time; Gigi; Bridges of Madison County; If/Then; Macbeth; Death of a Salesman; Follies; Sister Act; A Steady Rain; Shrek; The Little Mermaid; Legally Blonde; Spamalot; Tarzan®; Nine; Gypsy; Sweet Smell of Success; The Invention of Love; Aida; The Iceman Cometh; Chicago; Side Show; Steel Pier. TV/film credits: “Peter Pan Live!” (NBC); “The Sound of Music Live!” (NBC); It’s Complicated; Angels in America (Emmy®-nominated); Too Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar.
Broadway: A Bronx Tale; On Your Feet!; Disaster!; On The Twentieth Century; It Shoulda Been You. Recent New York credits: The Wolves (Playwrights Realm); The Sandbox, Drowning and Funnyhouse of Negro (Signature Theater); The Guilty Mother (On Site Opera); Káťa Kabanová (Juilliard). Hundreds of productions for American and international opera companies – highlights include Candide (Opéra National Bordeaux); The Music Man (Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman); Phillip Glass’s Appomattox; Wagner’s Ring Cycle (Kennedy Center).
SPECIAL EFFECTS DESIGN
Recent Broadway: Aladdin; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; American Psycho; You Can’t Take It With You. West End: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Let the Right One In. Television: “The Wiz Live!” and “Peter Pan Live!” In 2014 his work was featured at the Museum of Art & Design in New York. Chernick is head designer for J&M Special Effects in Brooklyn www.jmfx.net
MUSIC SUPERVISION AND ARRANGEMENTS
Broadway: Kinky Boots (2013 Tony® Award for Best Orchestrations and 2013 Grammy® Award); The Book of Mormon (2011 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Orchestrations and 2012 Grammy Award). Music supervisor, arranger, and/or orchestrator of Broadway productions of Wicked, Avenue Q, All Shook Up and 9 to 5. Other credits: tick, tick…BOOM!; music director of The 87th Academy Awards; “The Wiz Live!” on NBC; conductor/contributing arranger for the film Frozen.
Dave Metzger was nominated for Tony® and Drama Desk Awards for orchestrating the Broadway production of The Lion King. Perhaps best known for his work in film, he has arranged and orchestrated over 60 movies, including Frozen; Moana; Tarzan ®; The Avengers; How to Train Your Dragon (1 and 2); August Rush and Planes (1 and 2). davemetzgermusic.com