The Wicked/Frozen Mashup Musical Now Playing Off-Broadway

Read next

Not quite up to shelling out the big bucks for Frozen on Broadway yet? Already seen Wicked? Have an older kid at home who might appreciate a cheeky sendup of both? Then check out Wicked Frozen, a satirical mashup of the two productions, which recently debuted at the upper West Side’s cozy St. Luke’s Theater.

photo: Adam Smith Jr. 

What Is It?
A parody mash-up of the monster Broadway hit, and the Oscar-winning movie well on its way to being  a monster Broadway hit, Wicked Frozen tells the story of 4th grader Adele Dazeem (yes, that is how John Travolta mispronounced the name of Wicked and Frozen star, Idina Menzel, at the Academy Awards in 2014) and her after-school drama teacher, Kristen Chenobell. (And yes: that would be an amalgam of the name “Kristen Chenoweth”, who also starred in Wicked, and “Kristen Bell”, who played Anna in Frozen).

Little Adele (Kathleen Armenti) has written a “totally original” play entitled Wicked Frozen — the story is set in Boston, where “wicked” sometimes translates to “very”— featuring “totally original” songs such as:

* For the First Occasion This Semester
* Follow the Path Marked In Black
* Don’t Hold On
* Disobeying the Laws Of Physics

photo: Adam Smith Jr. 

Who Will Like It?
To fully enjoy Wicked Frozen, a working knowledge of the original source material is a must.

The little girls (and boys) who in 2013 were asking “Do You Want To Build a Snowman?” and flicking their imaginary capes while swearing that “Cold never bothered me anyway,” are just the right age now to feel proud of themselves for getting the references to those moments in “The Wicked Frozen Overture,” “Romance Is a Room,” and, well, “Do You Want To Build a Snowman?”

The show will make them feel like they’re in on the joke, and sophisticated, knowledgeable theater-goers i.e. Real New Yorkers. Even if, in the end, it’s still the same familiar lesson about how it’s better when everyone works together and gets by with a little help from their friends. Plus, it never hurts to be on good terms with your school’s janitor.

Parents, on the other hand, may prefer the “I Get Lost In Ikea” number, which manages to make fun of the show’s break-out character, Prince Ikea (played to dim-witted yet cartoon handsome perfection by Will Jacobs), as well as the difficulty of shopping at the Swedish furniture behemoth in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Not to mention the reference to the action being set in ScandiNorFinDelle.

photo: Adam Smith Jr. 

Good To Know Before You Go
Though the show’s producers warn that the production is PG-13, it’s really appropriate for ages 8 and up. Your tolerance for scatological humor will determine just how amusing you find the constant references to their magic princess wizarding school, Shitz University, and all the puns therein. (Yes, there is a song about how great “Shitz” is.)

Though 90% of the show is harmless farce, it suddenly takes an abrupt and inadequately set-up turn when Adele, who clearly has been upset about something all along, which is what led her to writing her “totally original” play, suddenly runs out of the classroom and into a snowstorm.

Ms. Chenobell goes chasing after her and, when they return, Adele sings a plaintive lament about the horrible state of the world, everything from her parents’ fear of losing their jobs to climate change (which is represented in the show within a show as a villain prone to singing “Evil Laughter,” named Klee-Matt-Ay Shan-Jay) and how Adele just wants to be reassured that everything will “Be OK.”

As Stephen Sondheim wrote in Into the Woods, another show to feature witches and mass destruction, “How do you say to your child in the night/Nothing’s all black, but then nothing’s all white/How do you say it will all be all right/When you know that it might not be true….”

Parents of sensitive children might keep that in mind, in case the evening brings up questions about the real-world issues raised, and whether or not it will in fact all “Be OK.”

photo: Adam Smith Jr. 

Bargain Pricing
Tickets for Wicked, Frozen on Broadway, and (speaking of wizarding schools) The Cursed Child are currently retailing for hundreds of dollars (assuming you can even snag a four-pack or more for the night you’re available). Tickets to Wicked Frozen are in the $40 to $60 range.

This production will make the not-quite-grown-up yet feel about as grown up as you are comfortable with them being. It will give your tweens bragging right about how they didn’t go to see some baby show, but a show that poked (gentle) fun at what’s currently playing on the Great White Way. And they totally got it, too!

Wicked Frozen will run every Sunday at 7:30 p.m. through July 22, 2018 at:

St. Luke’s Theater
Tickets: $40-60
308 West 46th St.
Midtown West

Have you seen Wicked Frozen? Give us your review in the comments!

—Alina Adams