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The Frogs archiveThe Frogs playfully explores the great challenges of human existence: confronting our fears, understanding life and death, and challenging the distractions that can prevent us from achieving our goals. This boisterously hilarious yet poignant musical follows Dionysos, Greek god of wine and drama, and his slave Xanthias on a journey to Hades to collect renowned critic and playwright George Bernard Shaw so that he may enlighten the easily misled and coerced masses of Earth. Along this journey, Dionysos and Xanthias meet Herakles, Charon, Pluto, and of course, the chorus of frogs. Then, Shakespeare shows up and starts declaiming his greatest hits; and before long he engages in a battle of words with Mr. Shaw. Who will win the honor of becoming reincarnated: The Bard or Bernard? The Frogs stays true to its heritage, mixing Aristophanic pratfall satire with a Sondheim score that swings from witty to pretty to rambunctious, but also mirrors the Greek original for the serious issue of the role of the arts in a world beset by war and folly.

Creatives/Company

Author: Aristophanes
Adapted by(s): Burt Shevelove, Nathan Lane
Music(s): Stephen Sondheim, Jonathan Tunick (orchestration)
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
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Archive listings for The Frogs

Work type: Musical.

T1375382484

UK PremiereProducer House on the Hill Productions (in association with Jermyn Street Theatre). Director Grace Wessels. Musical Director Tim Sutton. Design Gregor Donnelly. Director Tim McArthur.
14 Mar 17 to 8 Apr 17Jermyn Street Theatre, Inner London :: V207
listing details L0952037706

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