Dionysus, George Bernard Shaw and Shakespeare collide in Sondheim's satirical tribute to Greek comedies.
From the writers behind A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM comes the hilarious send up of Greek comedy and satire, THE FROGS. THE FROGS, loosely based on a comedy written in 405 B.C. by Aristophanes, playfully explores the great challenges of human existence:
confronting our fears, understanding life and death, and challenging the
distractions 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 Chekhov, Congreve, Ibsen, Brecht, and of course, the
chorus of frogs. Then, Shakespeare shows up and starts declaiming his
before long he engages in a battle of words with Mr. Shaw. Who will
win the honor of becoming reincarnated: The Bard or Bernard?
stays true to its heritage, mixing Aristophanic pratfall
satire with a Sondheim score that swings from witty to pretty to
rambunctious, but it also
mirrors the Greek original for the serious issue of the role
of the arts in a world beset by war and folly. This musical is ideal for a regional theatre looking to inject a bit of Greek satire into their season.
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The original production of "Songs for a New World" at the WPA theatre was directed by Harold Prince’s daughter, Daisy.