For the first time in a decade, a Disney on Broadway show has failed to win a single Tony Award. “Frozen,” based on the wildly popular 2013 Walt Disney Animation Studios film, lost all three of the awards it was nominated for at the 72nd Tony Awards on Sunday night; all three awards ultimately went to the big winner of the night, “The Band’s Visit.”
“Frozen” was nominated for Best Musical, while Jennifer Lee was nominated for Best Book of a Musical, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez were nominated for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre. The individuals lost to Itamar Moses and David Yazbek, respectively.
This is the first shutout for a show produced by Disney since “The Little Mermaid” in 2008. Previously, “Tarzan” also failed to win any Tony Awards in 2006. Disney also received an associated presenter credit on “Sister Act,” which failed to win any Tony Awards in 2011. The show was not considered a part of the “Disney on Broadway” family.
The cast dazzled in their performance during the show, with Patti Murin and Caissie Levy performing a medley of “For the First Time in Forever” and “Let it Go,” while Sven, performed by Adam Jepsen and Andrew Pirozzi, stole the show, introducing the number with James Monroe Iglehart.
“Frozen” performs currently at Broadway’s St. James Theatre. A national tour is planned to premiere Fall 2019 in Schenectady, New York.