Caissie Levy, who plays Elsa in the musical adaptation of Disney's "Frozen," and Patti Murin, who plays Elsa's sister, Anna.

(Courtesy Morgan Rachel Levy for The New York Times; Disney)

"Frozen," the high-grossing Disney movie, is headed for Broadway next spring. But before it gets there, the show undergoes a test run in Denver.

The musical adaptation of "Frozen" premieres Thursday night at the Denver Performing Arts Complex's Buell Theater and runs through Oct. 1. 

New York Times theater reporter Michael Paulson wrote about what it takes to transform this Disney re-imagination of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Snow Queen" into a large-scale stage production. In his piece, "Disney's Challenge: Keeping It 'Frozen,' But Still Fresh," Paulson interviews the show's creators about how they found "the right balance between replica and reinvention" and how Denver audiences could influence the version that goes on stage in New York.

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