From the producer of “The Lion King” and “Aladdin,” “Frozen,” the Tony® Award–nominated Best Musical, is now on stage at the Kennedy Center. “Frozen” features the songs from the original Oscar®-winning film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters, Oscar®-winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez.
When Caroline Bowman walks into a room everyone notices. The tall, lithe, and beautiful triple threat lights up a room when she smiles and acknowledges her family, friends, and fans. The Maryland native (who won a Cappie Award for her theatrical productions at Glenelg High School) plays Elsa in the National Tour of “Frozen,” now at the Kennedy Center. Her vocal solos, the lightening quick costume changes, and her sparkling stage presence guarantee more praise and adulation.
Her Broadway credits include Elphaba in “Wicked” and Nicola in “Kinky Boots” (opening and closing casts). She has been seen on tour around the world in “Evita” (Eva Perón, Helen Hayes Award nominee), “Spamalot” (Lady of the Lake), “Grease” (Rizzo), and “Fame” (Carmen). Her favorite regional credits include Louise in “Gypsy” (Cape Playhouse), Eva Perón in “Evita” (Vancouver Opera), Natalie/Ed in “All Shook Up” (Muny), and Narrator in “Joseph…” (Toby’s, Helen Hayes nominations).
You’ve played so many different roles in musicals: a business woman who is into shoes in “Kinky Boots” on Broadway, Elphaba in “Wicked,” and now Elsa in ”Frozen.” Is this your dream role? How has the show changed? How have you changed?
Elsa is certainly a dream role. Playing a woman who learns to love what makes her different from everyone else and realizing her worth and power has helped me embrace what makes me special and different. I feel like Elsa has made me a stronger human being. I get to step into every day and in turn I feel I’ve become more powerful. Not to mention playing a high belting Disney Queen is not something I thought I would ever play unless I was playing the villain, so truly my childhood dreams come true every day!
What is your day like leading up to curtain time for “Frozen?”
My days are pretty simple leading up to the show. The show takes a lot of my energy. So, I usually get up have some coffee and breakfast, talk to my family, get a workout in, stretch and warm up my voice! Then I get to the theatre about an hour early to get into hair and makeup!
How has Howard County shaped your career? Any special theater folks to thank?
Growing up in Howard County where there’s such vibrant arts community truly was a gift. I was constantly singing in choirs in and out of school like Howard County Chorus and Peabody Children’s Chorus. I was doing theatre camps at Slayton House and CCTA very young! I was a part of the Young Columbians directed by Toby Orenstein and I started my professional career at Toby’s Dinner Theatre when I was 16. I went to Glenelg High School and my high school drama teacher was Sue Miller. She really guided me and challenged me with roles and material that would stretch me. Sue became family to me and I still talk to her all the time and she’s seen “Frozen” probably 10 times.
I would like to be an actor for as long as I can! So, I would like to play many roles in the future. I would very much like to originate a role on Broadway. That’s so many artists goal to put their own stamp on something!
You tell me! I am so happy when I’m onstage, so my goal is to be happy and fulfilled by what I do. Life is too short not to have fun. That is success to me.
Read Eric Colchamiro’s review here.
“Frozen” runs through January 21, 2024 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (202) 467-4600 or visit the The Hall of States Box Office in person, Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm and Sunday, 12 pm – 9 pm or go online.