A Year with Frog and Toad

Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Music by Robert Reale
Based on the beloved children’s books by Arnold Lobel

A hit on Broadway, A Year With Frog And Toad was nominated for 3 TONY Awards. Based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved children’s books, it features a jazzy, upbeat score by Robert and Willie Reale, that bubbles with melody and wit, and makes the show an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting experience for the whole family!

This whimsical musical follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad — through four, fun-filled seasons, meeting new friends like Man Bird and Lady Bird; Father, Mother and Young Frog; Turtle; Squirrel and many more along the way. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog And Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.


Frog And Toad Are Friends, written by Arnold Lobel in 1970, received a Caldecott Honor Award. In 1973, Frog and Toad Together was named a Newbery Honor Book, making Lobel one of only a handful of authors to have received honor citations from both of children’s literature’s highest awards. It was named one of the “Top 100 Picture Books” of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.


A Year with Frog & Toad was nominated for 3 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.

It premiered on August 23, 2002, at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis,

A Year With Frog And Toad is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


“Anyone who cherishes musical theater and can beg or borrow a child from 4 up might be well advised to make a beeline for Times Square in search of tickets for A Year With Frog And Toad.” – New York Times

“Frog and Toad, a delight for young and old.” – Boston Globe

“Robert and Willie Reale solidly capture the essence and heart of Lobel s characters and stories. Robert Reale s music is infectious, colorful, and rich in melody and character whereas Willie Reale s lyrics are both witty and funny & provides plenty of fun and creativity for children and plenty of nostalgia and heart for the adults.” – Chicago Theatre Beat

“A fun evening, sure to entertain children and adults alike.” – TheatreMania

“Robert and Willie Reale’s lively and appealingly old-fashioned musical numbers, which wouldn’t sound out of place on a vaudeville stage or a 1940s radio show& therein lies their charm.” Austin Chronicle

Part of Miller Symphony Hall’s Family Series Live Musical Theater
$17-$22 (plus fees), Family Four-Pack $60 (plus fees)

Event Types: Music, Theatre
Event Amenities:
  • Discounts Available
  • Credit Cards
  • Group Friendly
  • Handicap / ADA
  • Live Music
  • Family Friendly
Event Location:23 North 6th Street directions »
Event Sponsor: Miller Symphony Hall
Event Times:
  • Mar 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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