Director Michael Grandage at the press day for 'Frozen.' (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
In the fall of 2016, Michael Grandage received a phone call from his agent who asked if he would consider helming the Disney musical “Frozen,” a property which was already veering toward Broadway. As he mulled over his answer, Grandage, who has a background in Shakespearean plays, went to watch the movie for a second time. He found that the Disney fairy tale had parallels to Shakespeare’s pastoral comedies, in terms of shape and structure, which meant that he had a way in. And beyond that, he had been looking for the chance to take on a new musical as…

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