The new musical A Year with Frog and Toad, starring Mark Linn-Baker and Jay Goede, the New York return of Australia's Thwack! and Tall Stories Theatre Company's edgy three-person Snow White are among the unique offerings in the 2002-2003 New Victory Theater season.
After its world premiere with Minneapolis' Children's Theatre Company, Robert and Willie Reale's A Year With Frog and Toad travels to the New Victory for a holiday run Nov. 15-Dec. 1. Frog and Toad is based on Arnold Lobel's award-winning books about a pair of amphibians with an unwavering friendship despite their very different personalities. The small-cast musical features five performers — one to play Frog (Goede) and one to play Toad (Linn-Baker), while the others, including Into the Woods Danielle Ferland, Kate Reinders and Frank Vlastnik, provide a menagerie of other creatures.
Back in spring, 1999, the Umbilical Brothers made their New York debut with Thwack! at Westbeth Theatre Center. The Brothers, whose physical comedy includes a wide range of self-produced sound effects, are Australian writer/performers David Collins and Shane Dundas, whose past shows include Don't Explain and Heaven by Storm. Thwack! plays the New Victory April 4-27, 2003.
The original fairy tale story of Snow White is rather darker than the Disney version and London's Tall Stories Theatre Company doesn't shy away from those blacker elements in their three-person Snow White. With one woman to play Snow White and one woman to play the evil Queen, one man is left to fill the rest of the roles, including all seven dwarves. Snow White plays Feb. 28-March 16, 2003.
Also planned for the New Victory are Paris' physical theatre company, The Junebug Symphony (Sept. 27-Oct. 13), the hip-hop and rap-centric performance crew Full Circle in Soular Power'd (Oct. 18-Nov. 3), acrobats from the New Shanghai Circus (Dec. 6-Jan. 12, 2003), a puppet interpretation of the work of Eric Carle ("The Very Hungry Caterpillar") called Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Fish (Feb. 7-23, 2003), the Sean Curran Company dance troupe (March 21-30, 2003) and the Aquila Theatre Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream (May 2-18, 2003). For single ticket information, call (212) 239-6200. For membership information, call (646) 223-3010. The New Victory Theater is on the web at http://www.newvictory.org.