Theater & dance

Stage Review

Disney on Ice’s ‘Heart’ pumps up TD Garden crowd

“Inside Out” characters figure prominently in “Follow Your Heart.”
Feld Entertainment
“Inside Out” characters figure prominently in “Follow Your Heart.”

The members of the creative team behind “Follow Your Heart,” the newest Disney on Ice show, are a clever bunch. They find ways to meld classic tales — some written decades apart — into a cohesive and entertaining production that keeps audiences engrossed for the entire performance.

Friday’s Boston premiere of “Follow Your Heart,” which runs at the TD Garden through Feb. 26, was filled with entertaining scenes and familiar songs, prompting young and old audience members alike to sing along throughout the evening.

While the show’s main story centers around Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out,” and the brought-to-life emotions of its protagonist, Riley, a preteen girl seeking the confidence needed to win a hockey championship, the clear audience favorites were the characters from the Disney blockbuster animated film “Frozen,” who dominated the last half hour of the nearly two-hour show.


With the well-known score — the audience’s voices could be heard over the music from the arena’s sound system during the megahit “Let It Go” — sending the characters into choreographed routines against the backdrop of the beautiful winter wonderland Arendelle, the “Frozen” segment, complete with falling faux snow, was the perfect way to cap off the delightful production.

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The show begins with Riley’s emotions personified. As Anger tries to help the girl release her “inner beast” in order to dominate the hockey rink, out pops the second title character from “Beauty and the Beast.” Clever, right?

Following a show-stopping skate line kicking, Rockettes-style, to “Be Our Guest,” Riley’s come-to-life emotions conjure magic to help her — and voila, the classic scene from “Fantasia” is revisited courtesy of Sorcerer Mickey Mouse and a bevy of skating broomsticks.

After a 20-minute intermission, the Feld Entertainment production dives into the underwater world of “Finding Dory,” and audience members are treated to a vibrant rainbow aquatic digital projection display as Dory and her trusted sea friends set out to find her parents.

Many themes are explored during the show, including friendship, with Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, and many other “Toy Story” characters inspiring audience members to dance to a synchronized hoedown.


Bravery, kindness, and perseverance are explored when several Disney princesses take to the ice to act out scenes from their respective stories.

The aerial stunts — not usually employed by Disney on Ice productions — have a hint of Cirque du Soleil to them, with Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” performing high above the ice while attached to ropes suspended from the rafters, and Rapunzel and her love interest, Flynn Rider, from “Tangled” gliding on aerial silks.

While some of the stories and their characters may have been around for a while — and featured in previous Disney on Ice productions — the innovations devised by the creators make “Follow Your Heart” a production with similar staying power.


At TD Garden, Feb. 17. Performances continue through Feb. 26,,

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