You don’t have to travel to New York City to enjoy some of the Broadway productions of beloved Disney films. This summer, Disney Theatrical Productions’ “Frozen” will make its journey to Atlanta with Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta. The Tony-nominated production is scheduled for performances from June 2 through June 12 at the Fox Theatre (the box office is open and tickets are on sale now).
"Frozen" is sure to be a fantastic summer event for families and Disney fans all over metro Atlanta. We caught up with “Frozen” performer Jeremy Morse to talk about the show, the tour and of course, Atlanta.
Atlanta Gets “Frozen” This Summer
WT: Please tell us about your character.
Morse: I love getting the opportunity to play the Duke of Weselton in "Frozen." Without spoiling the show for those who don’t know the story, Weselton is a representative in the Kingdom of Arendelle who comes to Elsa’s coronation with the hopes of getting in good with the newly crowned Queen, only to have those hopes quickly dashed.
He’s arrogant, self-centered and quick to be defensive, which magnifies the conflict when Elsa unleashes her power at the coronation, and Weselton reacts to that with anger and fear, trying to rally the townspeople against Elsa. But beyond the serious nature of Weselton’s character, he is a bit quirky and strange, and I love getting to infuse him with some comedic flair.
WT: How did you get your start on the stage?
Morse: I first started performing when I was two years old, ordering my family to march around the house singing “Hi, Ho!” in the middle of the night. Around the age of 10, I started performing at Upper Darby Summer Stage, right outside of Philadelphia, PA, doing children’s theater. The program is absolutely incredible there, and I learned so much about singing, dancing, acting, musicals, the theatre community and more.
The first show I was a part of was "Once on This Island, Jr.," falling in love with the music of Ahrens and Flaherty and that beautiful story. I spent about eight or nine summers doing shows at Summer Stage, and it will forever be the place that sparked my passion for theatre.
WT: Other than “Frozen,” what has been your favorite production and role?
Morse: This would have to be a tie between Ogie in "Waitress" and Finch in "How to Succeed". Both are comedic roles that employ the use of physical comedy, so you might notice a trend that I love doing comedic character work.
WT: What cities on the North American tour have been your favorite so far?
Morse: This is such a tough question! I absolutely love Portland, Oregon, so on the "Frozen" tour, that stop has been my favorite so far, though it was sadly cut short in March of 2020 by the onset of the pandemic.
WT: What do you look forward to seeing in Atlanta?
Morse: My wife and I just had our first kid, an upsettingly cute little girl named Clementine :) so we’re going to try and make our way through many of the Atlanta sights using the Atlanta CityPASS. We’ll be hitting up the Aquarium, the Zoo, the World of Coca Cola, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Fernbank Natural History Museum!