Tony® Award Nominee A Year With Frog and Toad hops onto the Lutcher Theater stage on Monday, April 7th, 2008 at 9:30am and 11:30am.

Arnold Lobel’s beloved characters hop from the page to the stage in this delightful musical that follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons.

Waking from hibernation in the spring, they proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledding, learning life lessons along the way, including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special.

Adrianne Lobel, renowned scenic designer and the author’s daughter, developed the musical, with music by Robert Reale and book & lyrics by Willie Reale.  It originated in 2002 at the Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis, where the Star Tribune called it “a spiffy, snazzy, clever little musical” and “a welcome success in the world of Musical Theater”.  A successful New York run at the New Victory Theater followed, where the New York Times urged “anyone who cherishes musical theater and can beg or borrow a child from 4 up might be well advised to make a beeline for Times Square in search of tickets for A Year With Frog and Toad.”  The path continued to Broadway’s Cort Theater, where the show opened in April, 2003 and earned 3 Tony® Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score.

The jazzy score has a country-western thread and clever lyrics that keep fingers snapping and feet tapping.  Frog and Toad soft-shoe their way across the stage with their friends Snail, Mouse and Turtle, sharing simple pleasures, like eating cookies galore in a show-stopping number that will tweak the sweet tooth of everyone in the theater.  The lovable Snail, who spends the entire show trying to deliver a letter at his own very, very slow pace, brings the house down with his solo “I’m Coming Out of My Shell.”  

It is no small feat to find high quality family entertainment that appeals to the younger set as well as their parents and grandparents.  A Year With Frog and Toad is that rare show that does it all.  Of the premiere performance, Variety wrote “When contrasted with the bright, clamorous and empty standards of children’s entertainment, this production’s endearing charm seems no small achievement.”

Tickets for A Year With Frog and Toad are $3.50 each.  The show is an hour long.  To purchase tickets, call 745-5535 (Golden Triangle) or 1-800-828-5535 (Louisiana), or stop by the box office at 707 Main, Orange, Texas.