An Exciting New Pop/Rock Musical

adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s fantastical coming-of-age adventure!

Book by Kirsten Brandt and Rick Lombardo
Music by Haddon Kime
Lyrics by Haddon Kime, Kirsten Brandt, and Rick Lombardo

Additional Music by Rick Lombardo

Be spirited away by this new musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fantastical coming-of-age adventure that inspired the hit Disney movie Frozen. Join Gerda on a dangerous and whimsical quest to save her best friend Kai before he is trapped forever in the Snow Queen’s palace. Dare to enter a world where flowers sing, animals talk, and riddles yearn to be solved. With an original pop rock score, alluring ballads, urban steam punk flair, and the enigmatic Snow Queen, you’ll soon see this is not your average bedtime story.

Winner of the 2014 Stage Rights/NYMF Publishing Award, a program of The New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Flexible Cast of 8-20 Actors

Actors can double on instruments.

For Ages 8 and up

Multi-generational and family friendly.

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Great Word of Mouth

Great reviews by both audiences and critics!

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2 Versions Available!

Full & TYA version for young audiences!

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Production Photos

Images of the World Premiere production of “The Snow Queen: A New Musical” at San Jose Rep and the New York Musical Theatre Festival productions. Both productions directed and choreographed by Rick Lombardo. Lighting & projection design by David Lee Cuthbert*; costume design by Frances Nelson McSherry*; scenic design for San Jose production by Erik Flatmo.

All Photos by Haddon Kime and Kevin Berne

*Winner of 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Overall Design

“Flying” Videos

The cast of the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of “The Snow Queen” performs “Flying,” for Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” morning show. Performers: Eryn Murman, Jason Hite, Reggie D. White, Jane Pfitsch, John Michael Presney, Lee Ann Payne, Summer C. Latimer, Lauren Cipoletti, Anna Ebbesen, and Janice Engelgau.
The cast of the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of “The Snow Queen” performs “Flying” for a festival preview crowd at NYC’s World Wide Plaza. Performers: Eryn Murman, Jason Hite, Reggie D. White, Jane Pfitsch, John Michael Presney, Lee Ann Payne, Summer C. Latimer, Lauren Cipoletti, Delores Duran-Cefalu, and Janice Engelgau.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the size of the cast and the band?

The cast size is flexible, between 8 and 20 performers. The band will require between 3 and 8 musicians depending on whether actors play instruments.

What instrumentation is the show scored for?

  • Keyboard 1
  • Keyboard 2 (optional)
  • Bass (acoustic and electric)
  • Drums
  • Guitar 1 (acoustic and electric)
  • Guitar 2 (optional)
  • Violin

Who do we contact if we're interested in licensing the show?

For information on producing The Snow Queen at your theater, visit and fill out an application or email and someone will get back to you shortly.

Can you tell me more about who the show is appropriate for?

The show is appropriate for multiple generations. Our intention has been to create a musical accessible for children aged approximately 8 or older, while also exploring the deeper themes of the story so as to engage young adults and adults at a sophisticated level.

We’ve also created a 55-minute (TYA: Theatre for Young Audiences) version for very young children aged 5 and older. This version of the show has already enjoyed successful runs in New York and and Bay Area and has played to well over 12,000 children thus far. You can order perusal copies of the TYA script on our publisher’s website.

Is this show appropriate for school productions, community theater productions, professional productions?

YES! The show can be tailored in many different ways, from a small-cast professional production with a small rock band, to a high school or community theater production with a larger cast, chorus and larger band. It’s whatever your imagination wants it to be.

Is The Snow Queen intended only as a holiday show?

No. While we believe it is a wonderful option to produce in the holiday season alongside more traditional offerings, the show features nothing particular to Christmas or to the holiday season. Its appeal is timeless and cross-cultural — just like the fairy tale on which it’s based.

What themes does this version of The Snow Queen focus on?

In this adaptation of the fairy tale, we highlight the “coming of age” story of our two heroes — Gerda and Kai. Their journey in the musical “virtually” takes them through the emotional, psychological, sexual and spiritual changes that occur between childhood and young adulthood. We feel their journeys mirror what we all experience at these pivotal moments of growing up. We sought to render this period of life with all the humor, insight and love we could muster.

For more, see the detailed synopsis here.

Can we hear demos of the music?

Yes. You can hear 30 second clips of some selected songs both here and here.

We are hoping to be able to record an album in a studio setting in the near future. If you are interested in this sign up on the list at the bottom of the page and we’ll let you know when one becomes available.


Pretty smart, you creators of “The Snow Queen: A New Musical.” When the parents of the hordes of children who have watched the animated movie “Frozen” 400 times can’t stand it anymore, they can suggest this show, based on the very same Hans Christian Andersen story. Idina Menzel doesn’t show up to sing “Let It Go,” but there are kooky characters, scary plotting and potent rock numbers.
Anita Gates
Theater Critic, The New York Times
Captivating, sometimes hypnotic...The easy-on-the-ears score features two dozen pop-rock songs...
Dan Aucoin
Theater Critic, The Boston Globe
"An eerie charmer with an impressive score that sidles among pop rock, steampunk and Broadway ballad."
Carolyn Clay
Arts & Theater Critic, WBUR Boston
Those who read Anderson's "The Snow Queen" won't be disappointed with the musical's ending, and the audience will go back out into the cold with a warm heart after discovering that love is truly the answer.
Rita J. Egan
Rita J. Egan, Arts Critic, Times Beacon Record
The music?  Superb.  Catchy.  Hummable.  I have actually been humming the song “Flying” ever since I saw it...
Betsy Bird
Staff Writer, School Library Journal
Kime's score is an endlessly listenable pastiche with elements of bluegrass, punk rock, and symphonic metal.
Zachary Stewart
Theater Critic,
The Snow Queen is an amazingly entertaining show that has fun bending the conventions of how fairy tales are traditionally told in musical theater.
Jose Solis
Theater Critic, Stage Buddy New York
Haddon Kime's pleasing score flies from punk rock riffs to tender ballads with grace... The music suggests the exuberance and pluck of "Wicked" and "Spring Awakening." The sassy anti-princess anthem "Never Give Up" is a hoot.
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Karen D’Souza
Theater Critic, San Jose Mercury News
[The Snow Queen] is an exciting and fun show that left a thrilled audience of adults and children in its wake.
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John Orr
Arts Critic, Regarding
...the production's multitalented cast, raw sound and layered themes make it a musical to discuss and digest well after the ensemble bows... Of course, the down side with new musicals like "Snow Queen" is that they never have a soundtrack listeners can immediately go out and buy.
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Harmony Wheeler
Theater Critic, Broadway World
It’s a tale of the power of love and friendship dressed in a steam punk vibe and an eclectic rock and roll score.
Robert Sokol
Theater Critic, Edge on the Net
A talented Haddon Kime adds music to create an enchanting “Snow Queen” that tells a story of valor, loyalty and the triumph of love.
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Camille Bounds
Theater Critic, Morgan Hill Times
Haddon Kime's music spans the gamut of contemporary musical style, with shades of RentSpring AwakeningAvenue Q, and Cirque du Soleil, but somehow it all works; the duos and trios are especially lovely. Excellent numbers include "Through You," "Flying," "Never Give Up," "I Want That," and "Here I Am."
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Jeanie K. Smith
Theater Critic, Talkin' Broadway
Adapted by Rick Lombardo and Kirsten Brandt, this steampunk fantasy taps into the darkness and mysticism that make this 1845 tale so endlessly alluring. A bewitching fairy tale that also inspired the Disney movie "Frozen," "The Snow Queen" captures the pangs of loss that go hand in hand with coming of age
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Karen D’Souza
Theater Critic, San Jose Mercury News

The Creators

Rick Lombardo

Director, Book & Lyrics

Rick Lombardo is an award-winning American stage director, Artistic Director and adaptor.   He was the Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre, the flagship professional theatre of Silicon Valley, for six seasons, as well as serving as the Producing Artistic Director for 13 seasons at New Repertory Theatre in Boston.  His work has been seen at every level of the American Theatre, including Broadway and major regional theatres.  An award-winning stage director and adapter, in 2009 he was awarded the Norton Award for Sustained Excellence from the Boston Theatre Critics Association. His award-winning productions include Game On, The Snow Queen, As You  like ItSweeney ToddThe Clean HouseRagtime, Waiting For Godot, A Streetcar Named Desire several works by Harold Pinter. His world premiere production of Bill W and Dr. Bob enjoyed an extended run off Broadway. As a writer, his successful adaptations for the stage include A Christmas Carol, along with the musicals Scapin and The Snow Queen.

Kirsten Brandt
Kirsten Brandt

Book & Lyrics

Kirsten Brandt is an award winning playwright, director and producer.  She served for six seasons as Artistic Director of Sledgehammer Theatre where she directed over a dozen plays and wrote Berzerkergäng, The Frankenstein Project and NU.  She was the Associate Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre, where she directed Dr. Faustus, Next Fall, The Big Meal, Legacy of Light and Groundswell, among others.  As a director, Ms. Brandt work has been seen at San Jose Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Repertory, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, North Coast Repertory, and Arizona Theatre Company.  She is the co-adapter of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, which had its world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre.  Her telematic, multi-site play The Thinning Veil was produced at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Her other plays include The Mechanic’s Daughter, The Waves and an adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

Haddon Kime
Haddon Kime

Music & Lyrics

Haddon Kime is an Atlanta based composer, songwriter, and sound designer. His original musical adaptations include Scapin, and A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway credits include The Atheist (with Chris Pine), Haymarket, and The Blowin of Baile Gall. Regional credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Managing Maxine for the Alliance Theatre, As You Like itThe Death of the Novel and Game On at San Jose Repertory Theatre, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Pillowman for New Repertory Theatre, and Richard III for Georgia Shakespeare. Haddon is the winner of the 2004 & 2007 IRNE awards for best original music/sound design, the 2009 TANNE Foundation Award for Artistic Excellence, the 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Original Music, and most recently the 2015 Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab grant from the Alliance Theatre. You can learn more about and hear Haddon’s work at