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Frozen, el musical en Broadway: qué sabemos hasta ahora

En febrero de 2018 se estrenará en Broadway la adaptación de Frozen, una de las películas de Disney más taquilleras de los últimos años. Es una película que, ya de por sí, es muy musical, con lo cual su versión teatral solo era cuestión de tiempo. Las entradas ya salieron a la venta y han volado, la expectación por ver este musical es muy grande.

Se estrenó en agosto Denver (Colorado) y se pudo ver hasta el pasado 1 de octubre. Esto es algo muy habitual, un musical se estrena en otra ciudad primero para ver la acogida del público, hacer las modificaciones necesarias y, posteriormente, se estrena a lo grande en Nueva York. Por tanto, hay mucha gente que ya ha podido ver cómo es Frozen y, como era de esperar, se han leído comentarios de todo tipo, buenos y malos.

Al igual que la película, la música y las letras de Frozen son de Kristen Anderson-Lopez y Robert Lopez. En este caso, el espectáculo está dirigido por Michael Grandage y protagonizado por Caissie Levy como Elsa, Patti Murin como Anna, Jelani Alladin como Kristoff, John Riddle como Hans y Greg Hildreth como Olaf.

Parece ser que la puesta en escena no es tan espectacular como se esperaba, incluso el momento Let It Go, que debería ser el más memorable, queda bastante deslucido. Muchos critican que Disney no ha innovado excesivamente y que Frozen en teatro es como ver la película, no se han aprovechado los recursos que ofrece el teatro. Todavía queda tiempo hasta que el espectáculo se estrene en Broadway y podrían hacerse modificaciones y mejoras.

El espectáculo incorpora canciones nuevas, como A Little Bit Of You, Dangerous To Dream o Monster. He leído maravillas de esta última canción, es un solo de Elsa, donde el personaje se plantea el suicidio o su exilio del reino de Arandelle. Va más allá que el sentimiento de Let It Go, al incorporar el dramatismo y la soledad.

De cara a los próximos premios Tony es imposible saber qué pasará todavía. Pero es inevitable pensar, ¿Frozen recibirá alguna nominación? ¿De verdad que las merece? Al fin y al cabo, son canciones ya conocidas y, encima, no proceden del teatro sino del cine. Habrá que ver qué ocurre.

Lo que está claro es que Frozen es todo un fenómeno y despierta pasiones en los más pequeños (y adultos también, claro). Tras el éxito de la película, se prevé que en teatro también va a ser un taquillazo. Además, pronto veremos Frozen 2, además del cortometraje Una aventura de Olaf. Yo, como fan de la historia de Elsa, me muero de ganas de verlo todo.

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La nueva adaptación de ‘La Bella y la Bestia’ muy musical

Por fin se estrenó la nueva adaptación de Disney de ‘La Bella y la Bestia’, protagonizada por Emma Watson y con un reparto estelar, con caras (y voces) de sobras conocidas. Ya la he podido ver y debo reconocer que me ha gustado mucho, que me parece un musical bonito, que despertó nostalgia en mi y me trasladó a mi infancia cuando miraba la película de animación una y otra vez, o cuando mi padre nos llevó a mi hermano y a mi a ver ‘La Bella y la Bestia sobre hielo’ y guardo muy buen recuerdo de ello.

A diferencia de las últimas adaptaciones de Disney (‘El Libro de la Selva’ y ‘Cenicienta’), en este caso, la película se trata de un musical. Y no estoy hablando de una película con algunas canciones, sino que es una película musical completamente, con la participación de actores y actrices de musicales como Audra Mcdonald, ganadora de seis Tony Awards, Kevin Kline y Josh Gad.

Esta adaptación es muy similar a la original, en ese sentido, es cierto que el director Bill Condon ha arriesgado más bien poco, pero yo creo que ese era el objetivo. A mi me parece como que esta nueva película es una revisión de la antigua, visualmente más atractiva para las nuevas generaciones. Quizás no era necesario, porque la primera película no es tan antigua e incluso yo la sigo viendo moderna.

Me gustó cómo se exploraron la historia de la Bella, de la Bestia e incluso el nuevo aire de LeFou. Es cierto que hay cosas mejorables, seguro que sí, como el personaje de Agathe, ¿era necesario? ¿O para qué ese libro que traslada hasta donde sea? Muy cogido con pinzas, para explicar la historia de Bella, pero bueno, su historia tampoco está tan mal.

La partitura de ‘La Bella y la Bestia’ es una de mis favoritas de Disney. Para los amantes de los musicales, las películas de Disney y, concretamente, las canciones de Alan Menken están en la lista de favoritos seguro. Las nuevas versiones suenan muy bien, creo que Emma Watson se defiende, al igual que Dan Stevens. Qué pasada la canción ‘Aria’ para Audra Mcdonald, ¡qué alegría que tenga un solo (aunque sea breve)!

Lo siento, yo vi la película en inglés, así que no sé cómo es el doblaje en español ni si se han adaptado las letras de las canciones. Es cierto que cuando era pequeño la miraba en español y me sabía las canciones en castellano, incluso vi el musical en Barcelona y, lógicamente, también era castellano, pero ya hace años que me acostumbré a escuchar las canciones en inglés.

A mi me gusta mucho el musical en teatro de ‘La Bella y la Bestia’ y sobre todo las canciones originales creadas específicamente para ese espectáculo, pero desafortunadamente no aparecen en la película. Se han modificado por otras nuevas para el film.

No Matter What’ se ha substituido por ‘How Can A Moment Last Forever’; ‘Home’ (mi favorita y que, de hecho, su melodía suena cuando Bella entra por primera vez en su nuevo dormitorio) por ‘Days In The Sun’ y ‘If I Can’t Love Her’ por ‘Evermore’ (pese a gustarme, prefiero rotundamente ‘If I Can’t Love Her’, me parece mucho más fuerte).

La Bella y la Bestia’ es una película para niños y mayores. Los niños la disfrutarán, sobre todo viendo los objetos bailando y conociendo la historia por primera vez, con efectos brillantes, vestuarios que son una pasada y canciones pegadizas. Los adultos, por su parte, viajarán en el tiempo y recordarán su infancia, cuando disfrutaban de los cuentos y la fantasía.

El musical cerró tanto en Broadway como en Londres en 1999 y, desde entonces, no se ha vuelto a producir (sí en gira y en otros países). Me pregunto si, tras el éxito de la película, se tirará adelante un nuevo revival. Espero que en España no, por favor, pese a que me gustaría volver a verlo encima de un escenario, su última producción fue no hace tanto, en 2010.

¿Vosotros habéis visto la película ya, qué os pareció?

Cesar

Waiting for ‘Moana’

Picture from Walt Disney Studios Facebook

Picture from Walt Disney Studios Facebook

Hello everyone,

It’s just a few days left for the new Disney production’s, ‘Moana’, release and I’m so excited. I’ve seen some trailers and it looks really good, but I’ve tried not to get deep information such as the plot or how are the characters because I like to be surprised on the cinema.

I’m sure you already know that Lin-Manuel Miranda is the composer of the songs and I can’t wait to hear them, seriously, I can’t. How is the soundtrack going to be? Usually his style is a mixture of styles, as we can see in ‘In The Heights’ or ‘Hamilton’. But I’m really curious of how is it going to be in ‘Moana’.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is great with hip-hop songs, but I don’t feel that this movie is going to be like that. I think it’s going to be some Caribbean music and pop, but he is great surprising and introducing new rhythms that you don’t expect and fit very well.

For now, we can only hear ‘How Far I’ll Go’, performed by the Canadian singer Alessia Cara. I like it, but I’m waiting for the movie, because I remember when Demi Lovato’s ‘Let It Go’ was released I wasn’t very excited, but then I loved it once I watched the ‘Frozen‘ film.

The song and the video are fine. I like the lyrics a lot, because is talking about how she needs to change, to discover new adventures and leave the comfort zone. I’m sure it will be a great song and I’ll love ‘Moana’.

What do you think about ‘How Far I’ll Go’, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, performed by Alessia Cara?

Cesar

Simba is the pride of London, indeed


‘They live in you, they live in me, they’re watching over everything we see. In every creature, in every star, in your reflection, they live in you’ – The Lion King, the musical

The Lion King’ is one of the most important musicals in Broadway, London and probably the world. With productions in a lot of countries, this show is very successful because is not only for kids, adults will enjoy it also. This year, they celebrated 15 years in the Lyceum Theatre. I went to see the show last weekend, and now I understand everything. Is a musical easy to fall in love with, is beautiful and reminds you of your childhood. I would like to let the people know that is not only a show for tourists, people who live in London should go at least once to enjoy it.

I don’t see the point of making a long review of the show, 15 years later after the opening night. But, with this post, I want to express my feelings when I saw it. I was really excited; I was looking forward for this moment since I was a child. ‘The Lion King’ is one of my favorite movies of all times. When I was a kid, my brother, my sister, my mum and I used to see it many days. Any excuse was good. It’s been a good day? Let’s watch ‘The Lion King’! It’s been a bad day? Let’s watch ‘The Lion King’ again! So, watching the show was like reminding my childhood again and I felt very emotional.

There is a Spanish production, in Madrid. They opened in 2011 and I wish I could see it someday. But for now, I have enough watching the London cast. I love the story, I love that is inspired in ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare, because is a book that I love also. The songs, composed by Elton John, are part of my childhood and I know all of them in Spanish. When I started to be interested in musicals, I listened to the Original Broadway Cast and I loved it. The voices, the way they perform the songs is just beautiful. And I had the same feeling watching it live.

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The songs are performed in an amazing way. The rhythms remember Africa, not only some sentences in an unknown language, but the drums and the different sounds and voices. They are so powerful, with a lot of choirs singing loud. I had goosebumps in most of the songs, especially those sung in chorus. In the show, with the new songs, created exclusively for the musical adaptation, there are a lot of music styles. But they fit very well all together. In the first act there are the great themes like ‘Circle of Life’ and ‘Hakuna Matata’ or ‘Be Prepared’. But in the second act there are the great solos, like ‘Endless Night’ and ‘Shadowland’, sung by Simba and Nala.

One of my favourite songs in the show is ‘They Live In You’ (and, of course, ‘He Lives In You’). I got so emotional because it reminded me many things in my life, but especially my mother. In the show, this scene is so dramatic, full of passion and made me feel a lot of things. ‘The Lion King’ talks about many things, but one of them is death and memory of the beloved family members. It’s a very good way to talk about it to kids, through songs and the story of Simba. He decides to change and remember his father to fight for his kingdom.

Nala and SimbaWhat surprised to me the most is the fact that it’s not a huge production. I expected massive sets, but it was just the opposite. Sometimes you could see the whole stage empty, just the actors performing and dancing. Of course, there are big sets, like the stampede scene or the Pride Rock (it appears and disappears from the floor in a few seconds!) but in general the stage is quite empty. The actors give their best to focus all the attention on them. The scenes are created in a very beautiful way, sometimes playing with lights, shadows and puppets.

The best of ‘The Lion King’ are probably the customs and the masks. In ‘Circle of Life’ you can see all the animals going to venerate Simba. It’s one of the most beautiful scenes in the play, because all the actors on the stage, singing and dancing. They look like animals in Africa. The director Julie Taymor designed all this production, her job was amazing and she won the Tony Award for that. All the design is amazing, all the colours, the puppets, the masks… remember Africa. This makes ‘The Lion King’ absolutely unique respect other shows.

The Lion King’ is a musical made for kids and adults too. It’s a must see in London. It’s a combination of a good story, a Disney classic, and the best effects of musical theatre. The worst thing is the price. The tickets are very expensive and there aren’t discounts. I got a standing ticket, the cheapest one, but I wish I could have seen the show from the stalls. Unfortunately, I can’t afford that, but I don’t complain because at least I’ve seen it. So I recommend to watch ‘The Lion King’ at the Lyceum Theatre and remind your childhood and enjoy the performances and the songs.

 

Cesar

I enjoyed ‘Into The Woods’ like a child

Into The WoodsYou’ve changed. You’re daring. You’re different in the woods. – Into The Woods

Into The Woods’ is charming, is cute. I enjoyed it a lot, I sit in the cinema and I backed up my childhood. I just focused on the stories and fairytales that I enjoyed a lot when I was a kid. I’ve always loved stories and books, and getting all those characters from Brothers Grimm books and produce a musical it’s just a great idea. The best of the film, of course, is the score. The songs by Stephen Sondheim are amazing. All the songs are beautiful and express a lot of feelings.

All the characters of the musical are unhappy with something in their lives. They want to change it, so they begin a journey into the woods that will change everything. The first part of the movie (the first act of the play) is more joyful and cheerful. The different characters must reach their targets. But the second part is deeper, is more philosophic. All the reflections about love and life are really powerful. This musical makes you feel and think a lot of things.

All the actors and actresses are good in this adaptation. I enjoyed all of them, their voices are good but I was a bit disappointed. I expected that, after ‘Les Misérables’ movie, most of the musical movies would change. One of the best things about ‘Les Misérables’ film is that the actors sing live. In ‘Into The Woods’ the songs are already recorded so the actors sing in playback. Of course sounds good as well, but I prefer to hear them sing while they are performing, like in a stage.

But still, most of the songs are memorable. I was so impressed about the way they are performed like ‘On The Steps Of The Palace’, ‘Stay With Me’, ‘No One Is Alone’, ‘Last Midnight’… I think that it’s a great idea to put the instrumental version of the songs that are not sung. And watching them performed on the screen, with the special effects, made me goosebumps.

I don’t think that ‘Into The Woods’ film is something innovative in musical cinema. Also, I don’t think that is a deep story that makes it different from other movies. It’s original and cute, that’s true. It’s a film that sure most of the people will enjoy, with great songs, because it reminds your childhood and the inevitable fact of growing up.

Into The Woods’ has something special. I think that was a good idea for Disney to produce this adaptation, this musical could only be produced by them, with a long tradition in fairy tales. Apparently, it looks like musicals movies are back, so hopefully we will see more stage classics in the cinema. But what would be better is that they become popular so new revivals are made in Broadway and London.

Cesar

Disney celebrates 20 years of musical theatre

Disney has become one of the most important companies in musical theatre. As everybody knows, it’s a movie company and they have created lots of animation movies that are considered classics today. But they started their journey in theatre only 20 years ago. One month ago, in America, they released a short documentary celebrating these two decades of music and theatre of Disney. Have you seen it? It’s called ‘Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years’. I think it’s really interesting, I enjoyed a lot, because I love Disney musicals and I’ve grown up watching over and over again all movies.

Everything started with ‘Beauty & the Beast’. I saw this show in Barcelona a few years ago. I saw it twice and I got amazed about the effects and the songs. The stage was decorated like the castle of the Beast and you had the feeling that you really were there. This show, that sadly is not in Broadway and London anymore (hopefully will be a revival someday), is an adaptation of one of the best Disney movies. Everybody knows the story and most of the songs, but it’s completely different to see it live. It’s a show made for children and adults so they can enjoy the special effects and the new songs. My favourites are ‘If I Can’t Love Her’ and ‘Home’.

But then arrived ‘The Lion King’, one of the most successful musicals in history. Julie Taymor produced this show with the popular songs by Elton John. Everything is brilliant in this musical; it gives the best of theatre to the audience. The costumes make you feel that you are also living the story with the animals, and the rhythms of the songs transport you to Africa. With new songs specially created for the show, my favourites are ‘Shadowland’ and ‘Endless Night’.

But there’s more, in 20 years, there’s been more shows like ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Newsies’, ‘Aida’, ‘Tarzan’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ and ‘Aladdin’. It’s 20 years of good theatre, exploring all the potential of scenic arts, of truly joy. As a musical lover, I must recognise all Disney works throw all these years. Thanks God that is producing new shows very frequently. For sure, we’ll see ‘Frozen’ soon live on stage and it will be amazing. But I still have some musicals that I really would like to see someday like ‘Mary Poppins’ or ‘The Little Mermaid’. Thank you Disney for all the stories and songs!

‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ soon in Broadway

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ is a classical Disney movie. Released in 1996, the story was based in a novel by Victor Hugo, who wrote ‘Les Misérables’ too. The amazing music was created by Alan Menken, composer of lots of popular Disney movies like ‘Beauty and the Beast’ or ‘The Little Mermaid’; and lyrics were written by Stephen Schwartz, composer of the successful ‘Wicked’. Now, it’s a massive project of Disney Theatrical Productions.

The first stage adaptation of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ was presented in Berlin in 1999 and it ran there for three years. It was the first time that a Disney musical was presented outside the United States. The story was closer to the book than the movie. Everything was dark, obscure, mysterious and dramatic.

Since then, different English productions of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ have been made. But not a Disney production in Broadway yet, which is probably coming soon. It’s exciting because if it’s successful, who knows if it can come to Europe? The American premiere of the show started a few weeks ago, on the 28th October 2014 in La Jolla Playhouse, in San Diego. It will be there until 14th December 2014. Then it will be transferred to the Paper Mill Playhouse, in New Jersey, next year.

The American production is based in the Berlin’s musical. So, the story is a little bit different from the popular movie (don’t worry, no spoilers). And some important changes have been done. Some of the reviews are very good. Apparently is a very good show, with spectacular scenery, where you can see the bells of Notre Dame, and a chorus singing in Latin. The songs are more or less the same, with some new or some changed, adapted to the new story. As you can imagine, the opening is longer, for example.

Let’s see how is the new production of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ in the United States. Sure is amazing, shocking and startling as all Disney adaptations. Hopefully is coming to London some day.

 

Cesar