Mormon Tabernacle Choir books a cool Pioneer Day guest: ‘Frozen’ star Santino Fontana
Santino Fontana • The Broadway vet is best-known as the voice of Prince Hans in “Frozen.”

By Cathy Reese Newton

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: June 16, 2014 09:57AM
Updated: June 15, 2014 07:05PM
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| Courtesy Photo Santino Fontana, best-known for providing the voice of Prince Hans in "Frozen", is soon to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

It didn’t take the Mormon Tabernacle Choir long to catch “Frozen” fever. The choir announced that Santino Fontana, the voice of Prince Hans in the animated blockbuster, will be the guest on its Pioneer Day concerts July 18 and 19.

Though Prince Hans is his highest-profile role, Fontana is a Broadway veteran whose performance in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” earned him a 2013 Tony nomination as Best Leading Actor. He won a 2010 Drama Desk Award as Stanley Jerome in “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and originated the role of Tony, the title character’s brother, in the Broadway production of “Billy Elliot” in 2008. Choir president Ron Jarrett said in a news release that Fontana will sing a mix of show tunes and classical numbers in his Salt Lake City appearances.

Music director Mack Wilberg and associate music director Ryan Murphy will lead the choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in the 8 p.m. concerts in the 21,000-seat LDS Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City.

Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Tuesday, June 17, at http://lds.org/events, by calling 801-570-0080 or at the Conference Center ticket office. Only those 8 and older will be admitted. The second performance will be streamed live at http://motab.org/PioneerDay.