The Frogs

World Premiere (1974)

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Staging
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Dionysos
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Xanthias
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Herakles
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Charon
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Hierophantes
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Aeakos
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A Handmaiden
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An Inkeeper's Wife
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An Innkeeper
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Pluto

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  • Prologos: Invocation and Instructions to the Audience .... Dionysos and Xanthias
  • Traveling Music .... Chorus
  • Parodos: The Frogs .... Chorus
  • Hymnos: Evoe! .... Dionysians
  • Parabasis: It's Only a Play .... Hierophantes and Dionysians
  • Paean: Evoe! For the Dead .... Dionysos and Dionysians
  • Invocation to the Muses .... Dionysos and Dionysians
  • Exodos: The Sound of Poets .... Dionysians

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Trivia & History

In his book Finishing the Hat, Stephen Sondheim writes that this production had a second week of performances. As far as we can tell, that is incorrect. All press coverage of the production at the time — advance press releases, articles, and reviews — gives the date of the opening as May 20, 1974, and the closing as May 25, 1974. We have found no evidence of a last-minute extension for a second week.

In addition, Sondheim himself said the following during the question-and-answer portion of a 1987 lecture in London (which was published in BIASED, Spring/Summer 1988, with his comments on The Frogs excerpted on Page 20 of the Fall 1998 issue of The Sondheim Review): "I had only four weeks to write it, it was a short piece. But we never had a chance to have a dress rehearsal. The dress rehearsal was performed in front of the critics. We had eight performances, and it took four of those to settle in. We did some rewriting afterwards."

It may be that when he wrote Finishing the Hat, he was thinking that the production played only four performance each week.

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