'Frozen' goes live: One night only
05:00 AM, Feb 10, 2014
LOS ANGELES The cast of Frozen did something for the first time in forever on Sunday night. They sang together live onstage.
Kristen Bell (voice of Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad (Olaf the Snowman) and Santino Fontana (Hans) all joined forces to perform songs from the hit Disney musical, including single Let It Go, at an intimate jazz club in Los Angeles.
“We take for granted since so many people have seen the movie that we have never actually seen these songs performed live in any venue, in any capacity,” said Gad afterward. “But we performed these songs for an audience tonight. It was a thrill.”
Only Jonathan Groff (Kristoff), who organizers said was ill, was not able to attend.
Gad was the master of ceremonies for the event for 200 people, with a celebrity audience that included Jane Lynch, Darren Criss, Frozen executive producer John Lasseter, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee as well as songwriters Robert Lopez and wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
Bell’s supportive husband, Dax Shepard, was also on hand to wildly cheer his wife as she sang in front of a live orchestra. Bell sang a number of numbers, adding that she was “honored” to do a duet with her onscreen sister Menzel.
“Everyone in this movie is so doggone charming,” Bell said afterward. “It’s what adds to the sparkle of the whole piece.”
She noted that her husband’s shouts of support from the audience were particularly endearing.
“He’s endlessly supportive,” said Bell. “But he cries every time he sees me sing. I think he must have cried three times tonight.”
In theaters, Frozen passed $900 million at the worldwide box office over the weekend while the soundtrack has held the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 chart for four non-consecutive weeks.