Frozen co-creator Jennifer Lee and her boyfriend, Alfred Molina, sit toward the front of the historic St. James Theatre late Tuesday afternoon for a special dress rehearsal of the new Broadway musical.
The production has invited industry people — mostly cast and crew of other Broadway shows, including Disney Theatricals' The Lion King and Aladdin — to a sneak peek of the upcoming show just two days before the first public preview.
An industry audience lines up for a special run-through of "Frozen" at the St. James Theatre in New York on Tuesday. (Jessica Gelt)
Lee, who wrote the book for Frozen in close collaboration with songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, clutches a pen and a notebook. The team is still reworking the opening number, she says, so she'll be taking notes.
"We ran out of time in rehearsal," she says, smiling and confessing that she has more nerves than she thought she would for this show. That's despite the fact that this type of industry rehearsal — known by the terribly politically incorrect term "gypsy run" — always has warm and responsive crowds. This packed, whooping and hollering house is no exception.