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A Year with Frog and Toad (Original Cast Recording) [Cast Recording, Soundtrack]

Robert Reale , Willie Reale , Jay Goede , Mark Linn-Baker , Kate Reinders Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Robert Reale, Willie Reale, Jay Goede, Mark Linn-Baker, Kate Reinders
  • Audio CD (April 6, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Soundtrack
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • ASIN: B0001IN0LW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening
2. A Year With Frog And Toad
3. It's Spring
4. Seeds
5. The Letter
6. Gotta Loada Toad
7. Underwater Ballet
8. Alone
9. The Letter (Reprise)
10. Cookies
11. Entr'Acte
12. The Kite
13. A Year With Frog And Toad (Reprise)
14. He'll Never Know
15. Shivers
16. The Letter
17. Down The Hill
18. I'm Coming Out Of My Shell
19. Toad To The Rescue
20. Merry Almost Christmas
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A winning combination of a talented cast, appealing music and lyrics by Robert and Willie Reale, and Arnold Lobel's classic children's books made A Year with Frog and Toad a Broadway success that earned 2004 Tony nominations for best musical, best book, and best original score. The brainchild of Adrianne Lobel (the author's daughter and a veteran stage designer) and the Reale Brothers, Frog and Toad was originally produced at The Children's Theater of Minneapolis, turning Lobel's stories into entertaining vignettes starring the titular amphibians (played by Jay Goede and Mark Linn-Baker, Adrianne Lobel's husband) and colored by jazzy '30s-style music. "The Kite," for example, is an energetic Charleston, "He'll Never Know" is a soft shoe, and "Seeds" illustrates Toad's gentle love of plant life in a lyric ballad. This recording captures the original cast from Minneapolis (which transferred intact to Broadway, except Jennifer Gambatese replaced Kate Reinders as one of the birds) and adds an attractive 32-page booklet filled with photos, lyrics, and notes by Adrianne Lobel and the Reales. A Year with Frog and Toad deserves a long life in the repertory of children's theater alongside such fare as You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. --David Horiuchi

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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4.9 out of 5 stars
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids and Parents alike! April 7, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Even if you are not familiar with Arnold Lobel's Classic duo - you will enjoy this witty musical. If you do know the Frog and Toad books - this will enhance enjoyment of both musical and books. The music has a sophisticated 30's sound - Great jazzy orchestrations and the lyrics are giggle for both kids and adults. There is not a lot out there that is this good for children and entertaining for adults - rates with the best of Disney and Pixar. My two year old loves the show - but it is appropriate for ages 2 to 92.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frog and Toad--The Best! April 12, 2004
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
I went to go see this show before it was on Broadway-in the New Victory Theater in Manhattan. It was the best show I've ever seen. At the time, they didn't have a soundtrack. But then, about a month later, I received a CD that had four songs on it from the show in the mail. I knew that I had to get the whole soundtrack. I couldn't find it anywhere for about a year, and then I looked on Amazon.com and-there it was! This is the best CD I've ever gotten. It's very unusual because that I'd never seen (or heard) anything like this before. Now I go to school singing the songs, and my friends sing with me (at least the parts they know). I love Turtle and Mouse, the way they sing--they have such strong voices. The lyrics to every song are catchy and humorous, and are just happy. I would recommend this CD for everyone who likes catchy, jazzy, funny songs. You just gotta love Frog and Toad!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Karen
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am about to order my third copy of this disk. I have two boys, ages 11 and 7, and theater-going is the one art-y activity I can get them to do. We are ardent Children's Theatre Company fans, and this is one of our favorites. Even their dad- who doesn't usually accompany us to the theater, LOVES this disk. (Now, if we could only quit wrecking it up!)

The book is based on the Arnold Lobel books. Interesting facts: His daughter and inspiration, Adrienne, was twice involved with the production. First-wise as the set designer, secondly as real-life wife to cast-member Mark Linn-Baker (Toad, also seen on TV in Perfect Strangers, and in the very enjoyable movie My Favorite Year).

All the cast is simply wonderful. The lyrics and music are so much fun. You'll be singing along before you know it!

Highly recommended - you don't need to see the show to *love* this music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It kept the kids quiet in the car. April 13, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Our friends saw the show on broadway and recommended we buy the cd. Our three kids 8, 5, and 3 are all familiar with the Frog and Toad books already and were excited about hearing the songs. We took a 4 hour car trip and listened to the cd three times. We did the same thing on the way home. The best of it is, my wife and I actually like listening to the songs too. Most of our kids' music we merely tolerate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! April 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This CD has a permanent place in the pantheon of music everyone in our family enjoys and after a year we're still loving it. The music is a delight and lyrics clever. You don't need to see the musical to appreciate it. The songs tell the Frog and Toad stories so well anyone can enjoy them. But if you do get the chance to see it, GO! We took our 3 year old (even though we didn't know if he'd get it) and he loved every minute of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely as charming as it can be... February 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This refreshingly charming score comes through delightfully on this album - and with a cast this fantastic (Frank Vlastnik and Danielle Ferland should do more albums, that's all I'm saying...), there is nothing not to completely adore! "Getta Loada Toad" and "I'm Coming Out of My Shell" are worth the price of the disc alone! Though this PS Classics release was slightly more than a tad frustrating to those of us who'd already purchased the album in its initial incarnation, it cannot be argued that having this recording commercially available like this (and with beautiful color photos in such a lavish booklet) is a fabulous thing at the very least!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Favorite January 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My kids (5, 5, and 3) got this as a Christmas gift. The older kids love the books and now we love this CD even more! We had the pleasure of seeing the show last weekend. Having had the CD beforehand made it that much more enjoyable. The songs are not condescending to kids, and I enjoy it as much as the kids do. "A Year with Frog and Toad" is a wonderful CD that can truly be enjoyed by the entire family. It's always on in our car!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun for everyone! April 19, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
We got to see Frog and Toad in Minneapolis and loved it, so we were overjoyed to get the CD from a friend. It's one of the very few kid-appropriate CD's we've found that my husband and I can listen to over and over without wanting to slit our wrists. But that's actually faint praise--I listen to it (and sing along!) even when the kids aren't around--it's fun and jazzy, the lyrics are clever, and the cast is terrific, especially the "Snail with the Mail".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun CD for children and adults
Very catchy music! Listening to the music makes you want to pull the books from the shelves and start reading them again.
Published 1 month ago by Beverly Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Innocent and amazing
This show is so sweet, and without an ounce on cynicism, which I think modern theatre could use more of. The music is smooth and jazzy and way more complex than expected. Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Underage Critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute!
Haven't watched it yet, but have seen the opening number on YouTube and really like it. The MP3 files were an unexpected surprise!
Published 5 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Go-To CD in our Family
One of our family's all-time favorites! Love this music and love the books! Great lessons for the little ones, too!
Published 7 months ago by Mike Adair
1.0 out of 5 stars bummer
nothing like the books or movie. boring music. waste of my time and money. yes that is right ok yep
Published 11 months ago by Stewie
5.0 out of 5 stars Frog and Toad - my kids' favorite musical production!
We LOVE the music, and after having watched the production locally, my kids were sad it wasn't returning to our city. Read more
Published 12 months ago by greenmama
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Recording For Kids and Families!
Our family loves this show and this recording! The stories the songs tell and the melodies stay with you. My kids have acted out many of the songs... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Vermont Dad
5.0 out of 5 stars so much fun!
My three year old son saw the show, and wanted to tell me all about it but had trouble putting the whole story together and remembering all the songs. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars lots of fun
We saw a local production of this musical and went home trying to sing the songs. Now we can sing along.
Published 16 months ago by Torres67
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musical
Wonderful musical for kids of ALL ages. Arrived in a timely and efficient manner. Used as a rehearsal tool for a local production.
Published 20 months ago by Susan Stricklin
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