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

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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TYA Version Available

55-Minute 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 Englegau. 
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 Englegau. 

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 & 2
  • Bass (electric or acoustic)
  • Drums
  • Guitar 1 & 2
  • Violin


  • Viola
  • Flute
  • Trumpet
  • Tubular Bells

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

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 also created a successful 55-minute version for very young children aged 5 and older, already experienced by over 10,000 third graders.

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.

Can we hear demos of the music?

This is something that we are working to produce. There will most likely be a Kickstarter campaign in the future for this. Stay tuned.

In the meantime we DO have a few recordings sung by the composer which will give you an idea of the sound of the show.

If you’re a producer who is interested in bringing the show to your theater contact us at and after you’ve read the script we’ll make sure you get a chance to hear whichever song or songs in which you’re interested.


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
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 the former Producing Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre, the flagship professional theatre of Silicon Valley, and the former Producing Artistic Director for 13 seasons at New Repertory Theatre in Boston, and in 2009 was awarded the Norton Award for Sustained Excellence. He has won awards for his productions of Sweeney Todd, The Clean House, Ragtime, Waiting For Godot and A Streetcar Named Desire. His world premiere production of Bill W and Dr. Bob enjoyed an extended run off Broadway at New World Stages in New York. 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 recently served as Associate Artistic Director at San Jose Repertory Theatre, where she directed The Big Meal, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, Next Fall, Rabbit Hole, Groundswell, and Legacy of Light. She has directed for The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, San Diego Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, Diversionary Theatre and North Coast Repertory. She served as the Executive Artistic Director of Sledgehammer Theatre where she directed over a dozen plays and wrote Berzerkergang, Nu, and The Frankenstein Project. Her telematic, multi-site play The Thinning Veil was produced at UCSC. Her adaptation of Ibsen’s The Doll's House (with AC Harvey) premiered at the Old Globe in 2013.

Haddon Kime
Haddon Kime

Music & Lyrics

Haddon Kime is a composer, songwriter, and sound designer who currently lives in Atlanta with his wife and 5-year-old daughter. Other original musical adaptations include Scapin, and A Christmas Carol. Off Broadway credits include The Atheist (with Chris Pine), HaymarketThe Blowin of Baile Gall. Regional credits include By The Way, Meet Vera Stark and Managing Maxine for the Alliance 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 award for best original music/sound design as well as the recipient of a 2009 TANNE Foundation Award for Artistic Excellence.