Jonathan Groff Part of ‘Story of Frozen’ on ABC Tuesday Night

Jonathan Groff Part of ‘Story of Frozen’ on ABC Tuesday Night

An interview with stage, screen and TV actor Jonathan Groff, a Lancaster County native, is part of a television program that will take viewers behind the scenes of a popular Disney movie.

“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic,” premieres from 8-9 p.m. Tuesday on ABC.

The show looks at the origins and production of the musical film “Frozen,” which won the Oscar in March for best animated feature.

Groff, 29, who grew up in Ronks and graduated from Conestoga Valley High School, voiced the character of Kristoff the mountain man in “Frozen.”

Tuesday’s program is hosted by Josh Gad, who portrayed the comical snowman, Olaf, in the film.

The film also starred Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel as sisters Anna and Elsa. Both actresses will also be interviewed on Tuesday’s show, as will Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios chief creative officer, John Lasseter.

According to Disney Animation Studios, Tuesday’s program will take viewers behind the scenes at the studio, and reveal how the creative team behind the film was inspired by the 1844 Hans Christian Andersen story, “The Snow Queen,” and by landscapes in Norway that served as templates for the land of Arendelle featured in “Frozen.”

Since his work on “Frozen,” Groff has been starring in the HBO series “Looking,” and had a role in the network’s Emmy-winning TV movie, “The Normal Heart.”

He has been featured in such TV shows as “Glee” and “Boss”; received a best-actor Tony nomination for the musical “Spring Awakening” on Broadway; has done stage work in London’s West End and in Los Angeles; won an Obie Award for his off-Broadway work; and has appeared in films including “Taking Woodstock,” “The Conspirator” and “C.O.G.”

Groff introduced fellow “Frozen” star Idina Menzel at this year’s Tony Awards, and was a presenter at last month’s Creative Emmy Awards.

Before heading to Broadway after high school, Groff performed in local theater productions at such venues as the Fulton Opera House and the Ephrata Performing Arts Center.

Tuesday’s “The Story of Frozen” program will also delve into future plans for the “Frozen” story. It will include a preview of an upcoming appearance by “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on an episode of the ABC program “Once Upon a Time.”

“Frozen” producer Peter Del Vecho also said last week that a stage musical adaptation of the film is being developed.

The musical will feature a score by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who won the Oscar earlier this year for best song for the film’s power ballad, “Let It Go.”

“The Story of Frozen” is scheduled to air Tuesday at 8 on WHTM, channel 27; WPVI, channel 6; and WMAR, channel 2.