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Topic: Latest: Tony Award Winner Jonathan Groff Added to the Cast of Frozen

Wed 12/19/2012 12:55p
This topic is for Discussion of Latest: Tony Award Winner Jonathan Groff Added to the Cast of Frozen

Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) has given voice to its extreme mountain man from the comedy-adventure “Frozen.” Tony Award® nominee Jonathan Groff (Broadway’s “Spring Awakening,” TV’s “Glee”) is on board to help bring Kristoff to life in the epic journey slated for the big screen November 27, 2013. Groff appears in the independent feature “C.O.G.,” which is part of 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The Pennsylvania native made his big-screen debut in Ang Lee’s “Taking Woodstock” and went on to appear in the independent drama “Twelve-Thirty” and “The Conspirator.” His TV credits include Fox's “Glee,” the Starz series “Boss” and CBS’ “The Good Wife.” On stage, in addition to the Tony Award®-winning musical “Spring Awakening,” Groff appeared in the Public Theater’s revival of “Hair” and off-Broadway plays “Prayer for My Enemy” and “The Submission,” among others. He made his West End debut in Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap,” and appeared in the 2010 Tony Award®-winning “Red” by John Logan at the Mark Taper Forum this year.

Jim in Merced CA
Wed 12/19/2012 12:55p
Maybe these movies have become easier to animate or something, but I think it's odd that someone can be added to an animated feature with less than one year for it to hit the big screen.

11 months until opening?

It's no wonder that the movies in the past 10 years seem to be a bit 'rushed' from a script perspective.
Wed 12/19/2012 5:25p
I'm wondering if they just hadn't officially announced it yet. I have heard Mr. Groff's name be mentioned for the past year now.
Witches of Morva
Wed 12/19/2012 5:45p
ORWEN: Well, this time around I'm not going to be disappointed with Disney basing a movie off a fairytale because they've gone and changed the story so much--along with the original character names--to the point where it's really more like an original tale. So it doesn't even matter what the title is either. I won't be thinking of The Snow Queen anymore because this new script is nothing like the original fairy tale. I'll just sit back and enjoy it for what it is. I do know a lot of people who are disappointed that Disney has drifted so far from The Snow Queen's original story. But at least they went all the way in coming out with something altogether different from their inspiration. That's all The Snow Queen is, at this point--an inspiration for a new story called FROZEN!
Thu 12/20/2012 4:34a
I'm not really familiar with the original story, but it does sound like they're taking a different enough approach that it will be considered something unique, like how people found parallels between The Lion King and Hamlet, yet they're really not all that similar.

As for Groff, it does seem odd that they're just now announcing his involvement, even if he's actually been involved for some time. It does worry me some about how rushed the final product will be, since this one has been in development for so long.
Thu 12/20/2012 7:05p
And not to quibble, but the headline is wrong. He never won a Tony.

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