‘Frozen’ cast performs songs live for the first time

In a rare occasion, the cast of animated blockbuster 'Frozen' sing memorable songs live

DUET. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel perform songs from the hit movie ‘Frozen.’ Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

MANILA, Philippines – A small audience at the Vibrato Grill, in Los Angeles, on Sunday, February 9, had the rare privilege of watching members of the ‘Frozen’ cast sing live renditions of the film’s songs, reported Entertainment Weekly.

The gatheriing, timed during Oscar voting season, had cast members Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad (Olaf), and Santino Fontana (Hans) singing memorable songs live for the first time. Jonathan Groff (Kristoff) was not in attendance. 

The film is nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song in the upcoming Academy Awards in March. According to Variety, Frozen earned over $900 million worldwide.

“Apparently Disney didn’t realize they have a concert hall named after them so we’re here at this Bar Mitzvah venue,” said Gad, opening the night with a joke. Gad, who voiced snowman Olaf, sang “In Summer.”

Bell, who told the audience she had dreamed of become a Disney princess since childhood, impressed the audience by also singing the younger versions of her character in “Do You Want To Build A Snowman.” Agatha Lee Monn and Katie Lopez sang the younger versions of princess Anna in the film.

Bell also performed “Love Is an Open Door” with Fontana, who voiced Hans.

Idina Menzel, who voiced snow queen Elsa reassured the audience that she and Bell, her on-screen sister really do like each other in real life, contrary to their on-screen relationship. The two sang “For the First Time in Forever.”

Perhaps the most anticipated act was Menzel’s performance of Oscar-nominated song “Let It Go,” which she started over, due to a lyric blunder. 

While singing the phrase “the cold never bothered me anyway,” Menzel sang the word “snow” instead of “cold.” But Variety reported that the Tony award winner took it in stride, even joking that a lot of girls mistake the phrase as “a cold never bothered me anyway.”

Watch tidbits of their performance here:

In addition to an oscar nomination, “Let It Go” has been lauded by fans, with some creating their own versions of the song. A multilingual version of the song was also released by Disney, featuring lines in Russian, Thai, Japanese, and Cantonese, among others.

The song was written by Filipino-American Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who were also in attendance. Should the song be awarded an Oscar, Lopez will become the 12th member of the EGOT circle, an exclusive group of people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony (EGOT).

Listen to “Let it Go” here:

According to Entertainment Weekly, among those who witnessed the rare occasion were celebrities Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Sean Hayes, Corbin Bleu, and Bell’s husband Dax Shepard. – Rappler.com

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