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HT:  ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ on the way

Connie Shakalis | HT Columnist

November 28, 2021

Out of (the audience’s) sight, out of mind: the lonely but mighty music director. This leader generates conflict or smooths nicked egos. Get a good one, and a cast can soar — without scheming to croak one another.

Brandon Magid holds this central position for Cardinal’s “A Year with Frog and Toad,” coming Dec. 21-Jan. 2 to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

“This is such an earnest, wonderful children’s show, without pandering or talking down to the kids,” he told me backstage at another theater last week. Robert Reale wrote the music, with book and lyrics by Willie Reale, based on books by Arnold Lobel.

Magid has worked on Broadway and as accompanist and coach for New York University, Northwestern University and Interlochen Center for the Arts. He will guide the cast through this tale of best-friend amphibians, frolicsome Frog and intolerant Toad.

If you go

WHAT: “A Year with Frog and Toad,” a musical by Robert Reale (music), with book and lyrics by Willie Reale, based on books by Arnold Lobel.

WHEN: Dec. 21-Jan. 2

WHERE: Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.

TICKETS: https://cardinalstage.org/kids/frog-and-toad/