The Broadway production of Disney’s Frozen is seeking a replacement director.
Double Tony-nominee Alex Timbers had been attached to direct the stage version of the record breaking animated film, but in a statement released on Thursday (04Aug16), president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions Thomas Schumacher explained this is no longer the case.
“Making the tough calls when creating a new Broadway musical is never easy, but this was especially painful,” Thomas explained, reports Variety. “Alex Timbers is one of the most exciting and innovative theater directors I know, and we’ve proudly worked with him from my support of the early development of ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’ through our work together on ‘Peter and the Starcatcher.’
“Though we have chosen to go in another direction with this role, we are committed to seeing ‘Frozen’s’ tremendous theatrical potential brought to life onstage.”
A replacement has not yet been found, and it’s unknown whether the shakeup will impact the production timeline.
Frozen had originally been slated for a pre-Broadway run at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in the summer of 2017, before transferring to the famous New York theater district in spring 2018.
After hitting cinemas in 2013 Frozen, which features the vocal talents of Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, it went on to become the highest-grossing animated film.