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“Frozen” Composers on Internationalizing Music; Idina Menzel Profiled by NY Times

by on February 25, 2014

The Hollywood Reporter has spoken with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, composers for Disney’s Frozen, about the challenges of internationalizing the score for the film. The pair discuss working with Disney Character Voices International senior vp creative Rick Dempsey, noting specific linguistic usages that were avoided to make translation easier, and details other instances where translation was problematic or produced unexpected results. The songwriting pair have also worked with South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker on The Book of Mormon, noting that Parker & Stone give their translators carte blanche to do what they want to South Park when translating.

Elsewhere, The New York Times has profiled actor Idina Menzel, who plays Elsa in Frozen and is about to headline the musical If/Then in New York City (previews start on March 5, 2014, opening March 30). The article covers Menzel’s long career on stage and her shorter one on screen, noting that Frozen‘s “Let It Go” is the first time she has cracked the Top 20 sales charts after years of struggling as a recording artist. It is also noted that Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote “Let It Go” specifically for “Ms. Menzel’s eruptive vocal talents.”

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