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Disney's Oscar Nominee 'Frozen' Gets Jazzy at Live Musical Performance (VIDEO)

Thompson on Hollywood By Bill Desowitz | Thompson on Hollywood February 10, 2014 at 12:59PM

Sunday night I attended a special "Frozen" musical performance at Vibrato Grill Jazz club with cast members Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad (Olaf), and Santino Fontana (Hans) singing the songs of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by David Metzger.
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Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel of 'Frozen'
Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel of 'Frozen'

Sunday night I attended a special "Frozen" musical performance at Vibrato Grill Jazz club with cast members Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad (Olaf), and Santino Fontana (Hans) singing the songs of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by David Metzger.

Bell was funny doing her little girl Anna for "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"; Bell and Fontana had flirty fun with "Love is an Open Door"; Gad performed "In Summer" with a bravado that reminded me of Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion from "The Wizard of Oz" (in fact, Gad admitted to me afterward that Lahr and "Oz" were indeed an inspiration); and Menzel once again brought great power and intimacy to her Oscar-nominated "Let It Go."

The packed house included the husband and wife songwriting team, composer Christophe Beck, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, and production designer Michael Giaimo, who also admitted that "Oz" was a touchstone along with "Sleeping Beauty." Some of the post-performance conversation included Gad trying to convince Lee that they should do an Olaf sequel with a "Godfather II" vibe.

Read the rest of the story here. Clip below via THR.

This article is related to: Frozen, Awards, Awards Season Roundup, Kristen Bell, Walt Disney Pictures


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.