Frozen musical set to premiere in Sydney in 2020

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Sydney has struck the latest hit in the theatrical rivalry against its southern neighbours, scoring the Australian premiere of Broadway blockbuster Frozen.

The musical - based on the 2013 family favourite Disney animation, which claimed two Oscars and spawned the still inescapable viral hit Let It Go - will launch at Sydney's Capitol Theatre in July 2020.

Caissie Levy (Elsa), Patti Murin (Anna) and the company of Frozen on Broadway.

Caissie Levy (Elsa), Patti Murin (Anna) and the company of Frozen on Broadway.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the coup this morning, calling it "one of the most highly acclaimed and sought after musicals currently in production".

"It is a global cultural sensation, and we are thrilled to have secured the musical adaptation for Sydney," she said in a statement.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall speak to the media at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall speak to the media at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney.Credit:AAP

The Sydney date marks the Broadway production's first international destination, Thomas Schumacher, the president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, confirmed.

After around four years in development and with a reported budget of $US30 million, Frozen premiered on Broadway in March last year, where it has consistently grossed around $US2 million a week.

Despite mixed reviews from critics, it was nominated for Best Musical at the 2018 Tony Awards, where it was bested by the acclaimed The Band's Visit.

The production, which reportedly takes a more "adult-focused" look at the relationship between sisters Elsa and Anna, adds a dozen new songs to those featured in the film.

The score marks a rare triumph for the Berejiklian government, after recent high-profile productions - including Book of Mormon and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - opened in Melbourne first.

Figures released last October revealed Victoria's live performance industry drew $639 million in 2017, compared to $616 million in NSW.

The musical's Australian premiere will be beaten to the box office by the upcoming sequel to the hit animation, with Disney's Frozen 2 due for release in November 2019.