At Lincoln Center, Nathan Lane (The Producers, A Funny Thing Happened…) adapts and stars, Susan Stroman (Contact, The Producers) directs and choreographs, Stephen Sondheim (Assassins, Into the Woods) composes music and lyrics, and Aristophanes (The Archanians, The Clouds) serves up the story from the underworld.
Closing Date at Lincoln Center: October 10, 2004.
Before he became the grizzled eminence of the American musical theatre, Stephen Sondheim wrote this musical-comedy adaptation of Aristophanes' work to be performed in a swimming pool at Yale. No pool here, but Nathan Lane has written a slew of new knee-slappers to accompany the old hymnal odes, and Susan Stroman’s gymnastic, impassioned choreography and seductively staged production makes for as pleasant a descent to the underworld as you’re likely to find this season.
The critics pointed out a lot of loose ends. But the Old Greeks were never ones for the well-made play. Expect heart-wrenching songs, astonishing dancing, a few sad and funny clowns, and an engrossing evening that ends deep in the underworld with Shaw and Shakespeare debating the soul of man.
Casting News: Chris Kattan was replaced by Roger Bart in previews.