Musical (1974)

Musique: Stephen Sondheim
Paroles: Stephen Sondheim
Livret: Burt Shevelove
Production à la création:

D'après l'œuvre d'Aristophane (405 av JC).

Sondheim had not yet written his setting of "Fear No More" at the time of the original production at Yale. It was first performed in the 1975 production at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival.
The playbill for the premiere production at Yale contained the following credit: "The words of William Shakespeare and Bernard Shaw have been selected and arranged from their works by Michael Feingold." By the next production—in 1975 at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival—Feingold was no longer credited. Instead, Jo Durden-Smith was credited. We don't have a playbill from that production to provide the precise wording of the credit, but in the script published by The Dramatic Publishing Company in 1975, it said " .. the words of William Shakespeare and Bernard Shaw have been selected from their works by Jo Durden-Smith." That script seems to have been based on the revised text produced at Great Lakes.
In the 1980s, Dodd, Mead & Company published the script in a volume also containing A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. In that edition, Feingold was credited on the page that listed the credits for the original Yale production. Durden-Smith was nowhere credited.
The selections did, in fact, change considerably between the Yale production and the published script (although there was some overlap). The script is essentially the same in both published editions.

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Version 1

Frogs (The) (1974-05-Yale University Swimming Pool-New Heaven)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Yale University Swimming Pool (New Heaven - Etats-Unis)
Durée :
Nombre : 8 représentations
Première Preview : 20 May 1974
Première: 20 May 1974
Dernière: 25 May 1974
Mise en scène : Burt Shevelove
Chorégraphie : Carmen de Lavallade
Producteur :
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Version 2

Frogs (The) (1975-??-Civic Auditorium-Lakewood)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Civic Auditorium (Lakewood - Etats-Unis)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: Inconnu
Dernière: Inconnu
Mise en scène : Lawrence Carra
Chorégraphie : ???? ????
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Commentaires longs: Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival Production

Version 3

Frogs (The) (1990-07-Brentford Baths-Londres)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Brentford Baths (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : 24 July 1990
Première: 24 July 1990
Dernière: 04 August 1990
Mise en scène : John Gardyne
Chorégraphie : Ron Howell
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Rory Johnstone (Bernard Shaw), John Sheppard (Pluto), Geoff Sanders (Shakespeare), Richard Zajdlic (Dionysos), Bob Husson (Xanthias), Ian Temple (Herakles), Steve Pavey (Charon), Anne O'Brien (Virilla), Bronwen James (Charisma), Peter Saracen (Aeakos)
Commentaires : This was originally written for the Yale Repertory Theatre and performed in the Yale swimming baths (since the Frogs are aquatic creatures!)
This original production is most famous for having Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver and Christopher Durang in the chorus. This British premiere was a community opera venture with a mixture of professional and amateur performers running for two weeks at a public swimming pool in West London. In 2004 the show was greatly expanded, re-written and given several new songs for a Broadway production which managed just 92 performances following a critical drubbing.

Version 4

Frogs (The) (2000-05-Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress-Washington)

Type de série: Concert
Théâtre: Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress (Washington - Etats-Unis)
Durée :
Nombre : 0 previews - 1 représentations
Première Preview : 22 May 2000
Première: 22 May 2000
Dernière: 22 May 2000
Mise en scène : Nathan Lane
Chorégraphie : Aucun
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Commentaires longs: Avec; Davis Gaines, Nathan Lane, Brian Stokes Mitchell, …

Version 5

Frogs (The) (2004-06-Vivian Beaumont Theatre-LCPA-New York)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New-York - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 32 previews - 92 représentations
Première Preview : 22 June 2004
Première: 22 July 2004
Dernière: 10 October 2004
Mise en scène : Susan Stroman
Chorégraphie : Susan Stroman
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Le cast comprend: Dionysos: Nathan Lane / Xanthias: Roger Bart / Herakles: Burke Moses / Charon & Aekos: John Byner / Pluto: Peter Bartlett / George Bernard Shaw: Daniel Davis / William Shakespeare: Michael Siberry / Handmaiden Charisma: Bryn Dowling / Virilla: Pia C. Glenn / Ariadne: Kathy Voytko
Commentaires : For this production, Nathan Lane made significant revisions to the original book and Stephen Sondheim wrote six new songs and revised the lyrics in the opening number. According to Sondheim, the material was 4/5 Lane's.

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