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'THE FROGS' - First Photo of Roger Bart and Nathan Lane

Lincoln Center Theater's production of THE FROGS opens Thursday (July 22) at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). THE FROGS is a musical adaptation of the Aristophanes comedy written in 405 B.C., freely adapted by Burt Shevelove, now even more freely adapted by Nathan Lane, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. THE FROGS, which scheduled to run through October 10, is being presented as part of this month's Lincoln Center Festival 2004. THE FROGS kicks of Lincoln Center Theater's 20th Anniversary season.

In THE FROGS the Greek god Dionysos (played by Nathan Lane), troubled by the world's ills, embarks on a perilous and frog-infested journey to Hades, to bring back an extraordinary writer who, by providing words of wit and wisdom, will help save mankind from self-destruction. The cast of 28 also features Roger Bart, Peter Bartlett, John Byner, Daniel Davis, Burke Moses and Michael Siberry.
Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove's original adaptation of Aristophanes' THE FROGS premiered in 1974 featuring students of the Yale Drama School in a university swimming pool. After appearing in a concert of the rarely performed Sondheim score in 2000, Nathan Lane approached the composer/lyricist with the idea of further adapting Mr. Shevelove's version into a full-length work, switching the setting from a swimming pool to a stage.

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Nathan Lane and Roger Bart
THE FROGS has sets by Giles Cadle, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Kenneth Posner, sound by Scott Lehrer, musical direction by Paul Gemignani, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick and dance music arrangements by Glen Kelly.

THE FROGS is performed Monday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturdays at 2pm. Tickets to THE FROGS, priced from $60 to $95 are available at the Lincoln Center Theater box office (150 West 65 Street), by calling Tele-Charge at (212) 239-6200, or by visiting

Photo Copyright: Paul Kolnik

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