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Why is a master of Shakespeare directing the musical 'Frozen'? Because 'Let It Go' isn't too far from the Bard

NEW YORK - "We're standing on the same stage where 'Oklahoma!' premiered," says British director Michael Grandage, gesturing at the flooring beneath his feet inside the historic St. James Theatre on West 44th Street. "'Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner did 'The King and I' on this stage."

Grandage pauses, thinking about what he has just said. He glances out at the house with its golden ceiling and 1,710 bright red seats, which will soon be filled with "Frozen" ticket holders.

"Now we're about to go on, what will that feel like? What will it be like?" Grandage asks. "I mean, I'm going gray. You can't think about it."

To flop with material as pathologically beloved as the 2013 movie "Frozen," which went on to win an Oscar

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