Another way of looking at it is that you need to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince and if this isn’t an outright amphibian, it’s also by no means royalty. Loosely based on a 405 BC play by Aristophanes but sending up Greek comedy at the same, we follow Michael Matus’ Dionysos and his slave Xanthias, played by George Rae, as they journey to Hades.
Here’s the god Dionysius, deprived of his Noel-Coward smoking jacket and unconvincingly disguised as Heracles in a lion skin. He’s having a panic attack on a ferry across the Styx while a chorus of marauding frogs sings a menacing staccato and Charon the ferryman sleeps off a spliff.
‘Waiter, have you got frog’s legs?’ ‘Yes, sir.’ ‘Well hop over the counter and fetch me a bacon sandwich …’ – is about the only old joke not shoehorned by Nathan Lane into his adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove’s musical The Frogs derived from an Aristophanes tale.
Ever wondered what would happen if Bernard Shaw and William Shakespeare had a showdown on who was the most superior writer? Well pay a visit to the Jermyn Street Theatre to see Stephen Sondheim’s quirky but entertaining musical to find out.
Michael Matus and George Rae will play Dionysos and Xanthias in the UK premiere of the latest Broadway version of rarely performed musical Stephen Sondheim musical The Frogs, an hilarious send up of Greek comedy and satire, with a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane.
The latest Broadway version of the rarely performed Stephen Sondheim musical The Frogs, an hilarious send-up of Greek comedy and satire, with a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane, is to get its UK premiere in 2017 at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre.