Caissie Levy, about to star as Elsa in “Frozen” on Broadway, has found her “rock star” moment. And it’s not where you think it is.
Levy, along with fellow castmates and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, previewed a couple of the new songs to be performed in the musical at the show’s media day Tuesday morning in Manhattan, among them the second act solo “Monster,” a song Levy proudly calls “badass.” She sings the song when she’s “tired, on the run and heartbroken,” after having learned that she’s not only just hurt her sister but also has frozen all of Arendelle, Levy explains. “She finds strength in the song to go back.”
“Monster” is one of four new songs that will be released on the show’s website, FrozentheMusical.com, on four consecutive “Frozen Fridays,” the first on Feb. 23, the day after the first preview at the St. James Theatre. The others include a new duet for Anna (Patti Murin) and Kristoff (Jelani Alladin), another solo for Elsa and “True Love,” a second act solo for Anna that Anderson-Lopez proclaims is her favorite.
Still, as director Michael Grandage notes, there’s no escaping “this thing called ‘Let It Go.’ It just sits there.” Levy says she hopes the musical will take the Oscar-winning song out of its “rock concert, karaoke moment.” She talks about focusing on the “beautifully written” lyrics and story. “The audience gets to hear in a new way the song they already know and love.”