The Frogs is a musical based on the Ancient Greek comedy of the same name written by Aristophanes in 405 BC. The story of Dionysos’ quest to bring Euripides back from the dead has been "freely adapted" by Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove, and then “even more freely adapted” by Nathan Lane in 2004.
In the musical retelling of the story, Dionysus, has lost faith in mankind as he watched the Peloponnesian War rage on and on. He decides that the only solution is to travel to Hades with his loyal servant, Xanthias, to bring back his favorite writer--George Bernard Shaw--whose writing will inspire mankind to end their foolish battle. Hilarity ensues, as Dionysos receives advice on how to man-up from his half-brother Herakles and faces his biggest fear in the River Styx...frogs! Once in Hades, Dionysos must turn a blind eye to the fine women and fine wine and complete his mission. Tensions rise as Shaw takes on William Shakespeare in a fierce battle of words, with the winner being awarded the honor of reincarnation. With a witty score, trademark Sondheim harmonies, and a ton of physical comedy, The Frogs is a rollicking musical that offers a serious message on the important role of the arts in a struggling world.
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