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A Year with Frog and Toad

Music by Robert Reale
Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Developed by Adrianne Lobel
Directed by Whit MacLaughlin

November 23 - February 3   EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND!

On the F. Otto Haas Stage

Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad blossoms and grows as they travel through four fun-filled seasons learning life lessons along the way. Barrymore Award winners Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble return as the amphibious best friends in this charming musical that promises to delight the whole family!

Most enjoyed by families with children ages 5 and older.

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Critical Acclaim -

“What an exceptional season the Arden Theatre Co. is having: starting with Aaron Posner’s brilliant and melancholy Stupid F**king Bird, followed by the good-natured hilarity of Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride, with Annie Baker’s haunting and daunting John still to come.

"So grab your child, your grandchild, a neighbor’s child, any old child, and discover (or re-discover) this musical treasure."

"Coon and Dibble — both in excellent voice — lead a dream team: Steve Pacek (whose Snail is the crowd-pleaser); Leigha Kato, a winsome mouse and a tiptop bird; and Elexis Morton, a very musical bird and turtle."

"Frog and Toad is that unusual thing: subtlety and wit in children’s theater, without a whiff of condescension or cloying sentimentality."
- The Philadelphia Inquirer Read more here

“Arden’s A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD looks better than ever!"

"Frog and Toad celebrates friendship in the sweetest possible way, and it’s the rare children’s show that adults will find genuinely delightful."

"As charming a local holiday tradition as the Macy’s light show."

"Stop reading and order your tickets — for you and every kid you know."

"And if you’ve seen it before, see it again."

"After the battering year we’ve all had, the sweet hopefulness of A Year With Frog and Toad could not be more welcome."
- Philadelphia Magazine Read more here

“Director Whit MacLaughlin once again brings his enchanting vision to the stage, with an infectious exuberance that will delight both children and adults."

"the smile-inducing show"

"high-spirited music by Robert Reale and a charming book and lyrics by his brother Willie Reale"

"No matter what your age, you can’t help but fall in love with A Year with Frog and Toad."

"Like the cookies, it is a truly irresistible holiday treat for the whole family!."
- DC Metro Arts Read more here

“The most important thing about this show is the message it delivers about friendship, and that through good and difficult times having a good friend is one of the most important things in life."

"A Year with Frog and Toad, under the direction of Whit McLaughlin, is a wonderful production, and children and adults alike will enjoy this story about the friendship of Frog and Toad."

"One of the things that made this show work so well is the chemistry that Dibble and Coon have together. Audiences will see the interaction between these two fine actors that depicts a true friendship between Frog and Toad."
- Theatre Sensation Read more here

"'A Year with Frog and Toad' isn’t mere child’s play"

"Children are as much a part of the community as their parents are. They can contribute much like the characters do: with kindness and love. Arden Theatre doesn’t talk down to kids with their children’s theater. Instead, they empower their young audience."
- Metro Read more here

"A beautiful, uplifting piece of theater"

"It’s funny, it’s smart, and yet it’s simple as we watch the two men who are very human in their feelings, deal with every day life, from swimming, to raking leaves, to sharing a meal."
- Ticket Read more here

"Looking for the perfect show to take the kids to this holiday season? You definitely need to check out A Year With Frog and Toad at The Arden"
- Fun Things To Do with Kids Read more here

"If you missed it the first two times it was presented at the Arden,or even if you didn't, make sure you plan to see this timeless iteration."
- Beyond My Backyard Read more here

"A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD is in enthusiastic revival for the third time.at the Arden, and it’s easy to see why it keeps coming back."

"A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD is a shining edition in the small catalogue of excellent children’s theater, and promises to become a classic itself."
- Phindie Read more here

"A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD is undoubtedly the best children's musical cast our family has ever seen."
- Jersey Family Fun Read more here

"It was at the time the greatest piece of family musical theater we’d ever seen. Still is."
- Out With The Kids Read more here

"If the words children’s theater makes you cringe, I get it, but then you don’t know Arden."

"This is such a wonderful way to spend the holiday week, especially if your kids are off school, or if you have family in town. "
- Hipster Henry Read more here

"Frog and Toad is the perfect show for a lazy Sunday afternoon with the kids."
- Mommy Poppins Read more here

"Seeing the Arden Theatre Company's third production of A Year with Frog and Toad…is a pleasure akin to stretching out on a quiet beach, or walking across a fresh snow on a sunny winter's day."

"The uncomplicated joy of their performances is magical."

"The Arden devotes first-class talent and resources to their children's theater."

"While the show enchants young children, adults also find much to savor."

"A Year with Frog and Toad comes full circle to spring again, subtly suggesting the circular pattern of all life, and reminding us that childhood's magic is always with us if we take the time to notice. "
- Broad Street Review Read more here

In the News -

At Arden, another wild ride for 'Frog and Toad'
- The Philadelphia Inquirer Read the Interview with Frog and Toad

'A Year With Frog & Toad' at the Arden Theatre
- NBC10 Watch Video here

Theater pick of the month of December: 'A Year With Frog and Toad'
- Burlington County Times Read more here

Arden presents 'Frog and Toad'
- Courier-Post Read more here

'A Year With Frog and Toad' at the Arden
- West Side Weekly Read more here

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Jeffrey Coon (Frog)
Ben Dibble (Toad)
Leigha Kato (Bird, Mouse, Mole, Squirrel, Young Frog)
Elexis Morton (Bird, Turtle, Mole, Squirrel, Mother Frog)
Steve Pacek (Bird, Lizard, Snail, Mole, Father Frog)

Whit MacLaughlin
Music Director
Amanda Morton
Lee Etzold
Scenic Design
Donald Eastman
Costume Design
Richard St. Clair
Lighting Design
Thom Weaver
Sound Design
Jorge Cousineau
Stage Manager
Kate Nelson
Assistant Director
Madison Auch

Daniel Perelstein
Mike Reilly
Spiff Wiegand

Arden Children's Theatre Ticket Prices
Adults: $34-$36
Teens: $22-$24
Kids: $20-$22

$5 Discounts (w/ valid ID)
Seniors 62+
Full-Time Students

$10 Military Personnel Discount
(w/ valid ID)

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Box Office Hours
(when in performance)
Mon: 10am-6pm
Tues-Sat: 10am-intermission
Sun: Noon-5pm
(when dark)
Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm
Sat & Sun: Closed