40 Friends of Frog and Toad To Be Part of 2003 Tony Telecast

Tony Awards   40 Friends of Frog and Toad To Be Part of 2003 Tony Telecast When Tony Awards executive producer Gary Smith recently attended a matinee performance of A Year with Frog and Toad, he noticed how young kids responded magically to the new Broadway musical.

Smith decided that the country should see just how well kids take to the musical and invited 40 children — ages 6-9 — to be part of this year’s June 8 Tony telecast on CBS-TV. The children invited are part of “Friends of Frog and Toad,” the theatre arts education program of Camp Broadway and EdTA, responsible for bringing 4,000 New York City schoolkids to the New York theatre this year. Drawn from PS 62 in Queens, PS 170 in Brooklyn, PS 100 in the Bronx as well as Long Island’s Dance Variations, the youngsters will sit on stage at Radio City Music Hall while the cast of Frog and Toad performs a selection from the musical. It will be a busy day for the 40 young theatregoers, who will report to Radio City at 9:15 AM for rehearsal. From 10 AM to 12:30 PM, they will take part in a Frog and Toad workshop, which will be taught by actor Brad Bradley. At 8:15, the kids will gather in the Radio City lobby for their national TV debut.

Although the family-friendly show by Robert and Willie Reale garnered three 2003 Tony Award nominations — for Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical — the production will close June 15 at the Cort Theatre. Those wishing to catch the musical before it ends, should call (212) 239-6200. Tickets range from $25-$80; the Cort Theatre is located in Manhattan at 138 West 48th Street.