Initially, the work was written by a student at Yale University in 1941, as his exam work, but the first play was made much later, in 1974, where it gave 8 hits in the same student's alma mater. After it was delivered, it has attracted the attention of Sondheim, who made a successful work, from the point of view of critics, but that was not so popular with viewers that it never often resurrected after its premiere. To be more precise – only 4 times after 2004’s on Broadway.
Some regional production was in 1975, then in 1984, but they did not attract public interest. The London production opened also in the 80's, but very short demonstration were given, which did not last even for a month (under the direction of John Gardyne).
There was nothing extraordinary in 1991 too – just 4 shows (directed by Keith Taylor), and then in 2000 only 1 concert at Washington's Library of Congress was given.
2004 was marked by the staging of it on Broadway, in the Vivian Beaumont Theater, which is owned by Lincoln Center Theater. B. Moses, C. Kattan, J. Byner, R. Bart, D. Davis, M. Siberry & P. Bartlett were in its composition at the opening. S. Stroman was choreographer & director, P. Gemignani was responsible for the music. Critics embraced the opening ambiguous. Some said that the plot was too loosely interpreted, and others – that it was fully consistent with the spirit of the comedy of Aristophane. Anyway, only 92 shows were given & the musical received 3 nominations on Drama League Awards (but did not win any).
Since 2004, there were such production: 2007 (Pittsburgh, within 1 week), Illinois (2007, one and a half month), 2011 (Florida, 2 weeks), 2015 (Sydney).
Release date: 2004
Last Update:February, 24th 2016
Frogs, The Lyrics
- Act 1
- Opening Fanfare
- Invocation and Instructions to the Audience
- We Are Off On a Great Mission
- I Love to Travel
- Dress Big
- I Love to Travel (reprise)
- All Aboard
- On the River Styx
- The Frogs
- Act 2
- Hymn to Dionysos
- It's Only a Play
- The Contest
- Fear No More
- All Aboard (reprise)
- Hymn to Dionysos (reprise)
- Final Instructions to the Audience