Disney’s Frozen opens in Buffalo Friday

Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Disney’s Frozen a Broadway Musical is set to open Sept. 10th and will run through Sept. 24 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

“We’re going to be performing for the first time in front of a live audience in over 18 months and even the thought of that is overwhelming in the best possible way,” said Caroline Bowman, who performs the role of ‘Elsa.’ “I’ve missed it so much. I really missed a part of myself not doing theater in this past year and a half. And so, it’s really good to be back.”

Bowman, is known for playing another leading lady on Broadway, Elphaba in the Broadway show Wicked — otherwise known as the Wicked Witch of the West. She says the characters are both similar and different.

“They’re both magical and I think both characters have to put a cap on their emotions or power will fly out of them,” Bowman said. “What’s so interesting I have found about Elsa and Elphaba, is that Elsa is very afraid and she’s very fearful and she operates from that place and she’s told her whole life to be perfect and a princess. Elphaba operates from a place of anger and so she’s in your face more than Elsa.”

Officials at Shea’s say everyone who attends the show has to wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status. Masks have to be worn at all times and that includes while sitting in the theater watching the show. 

“We anticipate there’s going to be well over 12 thousand children seeing Frozen over its’ two week period and they’re not able to get vaccinated,” said Michael G. Murphy president of Shea’s Performing Arts Center. “So, in order to be as safe as possible we decided we’re going to be very vigilant and diligent about the masking.”

Concessions won’t be open, outside food isn’t allowed, but Shea’s officials say water and snacks will be available for the kids. For more information on Tickets for Disney’s Frozen a Broadway Musical visit

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