Lately my blog has been like, “The Spohrs Are Multiplying…brought to you by FROZEN!” and I swore that I was done writing anything that had to do with the movie because enough already. So even though Annabel is still as obsessed with the movie as she ever was, I planned on just ignoring that part of our life. Because enough! But then something awesome happened.
For those of you who don’t know, my twin brother Kyle is a senior editor for Vulture, the entertainment arm of New York Magazine. He gets to do all kinds of cool stuff for his job, like movie premieres, film festivals, interviews with amazingly talented entertainers, the whole shebang. Sometimes he’ll call me up and say, “Hey, do you have any questions for Miley Cyrus?” But most of the time he’s super breezy about it all. He’ll tell me about watching Benedict Cumberbatch dance like it’s no big deal, and then ask about my day. Um, the baby pooped on me? You win forever, Breezy Kyle.
During awards season, he is invited to exceedingly cool stuff. Last week he received an invitation to attend a live performance of the original cast of Frozen singing songs from the movie. At first he was like, “I have to bring Annie!” But then we saw that because of the location, all guests had to be over 21. So he asked me if I wanted to go instead, and of course I did.
The event was last night at a small Jazz club in LA that holds about 100 people. I was sooo excited when I arrived because a) the performances (obviously), b) tray passed appetizers (let’s be real), c) I got to wear a nice dress, and d) I was going to see my brother “in action.” Also, it was nice to hang out with my brother. We are basically Anna and Elsa except we’re the same age, different sexes, not royal, and neither of us has magic powers. But I’d step in front of a sword for him! Probably.
I made sure we had a good spot for the performances – I’ve “enjoyed” far too many events staring at the back of someone’s head (Short People Problems). The entire cast was there except Jonathan Groff (Kristoff) who had to bow out due to illness. The sound was great and the accompanying orchestra was even better.
Josh Gad (Olaf) was the emcee and he was hilarious. He introduced Kristen Bell, who spoke about how happy she was to play a Disney Princess that was goofy and odd and basically a normal girl.
She then went on to sing “Do You Want To Build A Snowman,” and not only did she sing the Adult Anna verse, she also performed the little girl voices, which she does not do in the film. She completely killed it – totally unselfconscious, I personally thought she stole the show.
Idina Menzel joined her onstage for “For The First Time In Forever,” and the crowd went a little bonkers. After their song they were very sweet and complimentary toward each other. Awww, on-screen sisters.
Santino Fontana came onstage next to duet with Kristen on “Love Is An Open Door,” and they had very cute in-character banter. I just wanted to put them in my pocket.
Josh Gad came back out to sing “In Summer,” and was hilarious again.
Finally, Idina came on stage to sing “Let It Go.” I think I counted 50 camera phones out – that must be very weird for performers. She was just about done with the first verse when she botched the words, singing “The snow never bothered me anyway.” It became instantly clear she realized her mistake because a few moments later, she missed her cue to start the next verse. She stopped the song and asked the conductor if they could start from the top. The audience was thrilled because that meant we got to hear her sing it again! When she sang the verse correctly the second time (“The cold never bothered me anyway.”), the entire audience cheered (which sounds sarcastic in writing but was not in person). At this point, I’m pretty sure Idina is the only person on Earth who doesn’t know all the words to “Let It Go.”
It was really fun to see the cast perform and enjoy themselves. I got a little misty watching Kristen Bell’s husband tear up whenever she sang (he was a few feet away from us). And I was proud watching my brother do his thing, interviewing and getting scoop. I’m looking forward to seeing what he writes about it (I’ll post a link here when it’s live).
This officially concludes Frozen on this blog. Probably.