Synchronicity Theatre highlights the holiday season with a beloved revival of their Tony award-winning show, A Year with Frog and Toad. Based on the popular book series of the name by Arnold Lobel, the musical opened on Broadway in 2003 and earned three Tony nominations, including best musical. Synchronicity Theatre’s production, lauded in its own right (Suzi Awards for both Outstanding Musical and Director), opens December 7, 2012 and performs through December 30, 2012 at the 14th Street Playhouse in Midtown. Clint Thornton will reprise his role as the director, while Bryan Mercer and Spencer Stephens will again bring to life the roles of Frog and Toad. A Year with Frog and Toadis sponsored by Southern Company and the Parking Company of America.
Synopsis: Back by popular demand!
Frog and Toad “hop from the page to the stage” when Synchronicity Theatre brings a delightful audience favorite back to the stage for the holiday season! A Year with Frog and Toad performs December 7, 2012 through December 30, 2012 at the 14th Street Playhouse in Midtown. Winner of four lauded Suzi Bass Awards including best musical and best director of a musical (Clint Thornton), Synchronicity’s production of A Year with Frog and Toad brings Arnold Lobel’s beloved characters to life in a whimsical and irresistible retelling for audiences of all ages. The Tony-nominated musical follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — through four, fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part make believe, all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.
Synchronicity’s 2012 production will be brought to life by the original award winning director and cast including Bryan Mercer as Frog and Spencer Stephens as Toad. In addition, Bryan Mercer will serve as the Musical Director and Jen MacQueen will remount her original choreography.
About the show: The story of A Year with Frog and Toad begins in 1970, when Arnold Lobel‘s classic book Frog and Toad are Friends was first published. Lobel received a Caldecott Honor award, and went on to publish three additional volumes of Frog and Toad adventures. In 1973, Frog and Toad Together was named a Newbery Honor book, making Lobel one of only a handful of authors to have received honor citations from both of children’s literature’s highest awards.
In 2002, Adrianne Lobel, the author’s daughter, and a successful designer and producer in her own right, commissioned a musical based on her father’s most beloved characters. A Year with Frog and Toad, which incorporates stories from all four books, premiered at the Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis on August 23, 2002. The next stop was the off-Broadway New Victory Theater, specializing solely in family-oriented fare. After stellar reviews and a sold out run, the show transferred to Broadway, where it opened at the Cort Theater on April 13, 2003. A Year with Frog and Toad received three Tony nominations that year, including Best Musical.
*Information from Music Theatre International
A Year with Frog and Toad performs at the 14th Street Playhouse in Midtown. The show opens December 7, 2012 and closes December 30, 2012. Group rates are available. Show times can be found at www.synchrotheatre.com. For tickets or more information on Synchronicity Theatre, their programming and events, visit www.synchrotheatre.com or call the box office at 404-484-8636.