Behind the Music with Louis Rosen: Frogs: 1974, and the First Foray into Regional Theater - 92Y, New York

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Behind the Music with Louis Rosen

Frogs: 1974, and the First Foray into Regional Theater

Burt Shevelove, Sondheim’s collaborator on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, first wrote and directed an adaptation of Aristophanes’ The Frogs in 1941, his senior year at Yale University.

Returning to the idea in 1974, he enlists Sondheim, fresh off the brilliant success of A Little Night Music, to compose a score for this new production. More of a play with songs and music then a complete musical, Sondheim creates a marvelously inventive, musically daring score that emphasizes choral numbers and, in the footsteps of A Little Night Music, further explores the crossing of his remarkable talent as a theater songwriter with his skills as a classically trained composer. And all of this for a show that was performed in the Yale University gymnasium’s swimming pool!


Louis Rosen

Composer, lyricist, author, performer, teacher—Louis Rosen has designed and taught the Music Appreciation/History and Music Theory curriculum for the 92Y’s School of Music for over 30 years.

Albums of Louis’ songs and compositions include Dream Suite: Songs in Jazz and Blues (The Langston Hughes Songs, 2016); Time Was (2013); The Ache of Possibility (2009); One Ounce of Truth: The Nikki Giovanni Songs (2008); South Side Stories (2006); and the upcoming Fall 2017 release of Dust to Dus ...

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