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April 23, 2024

‘Ribbiting’ New Musical ‘PRINCESS FROG’ Opens February 18

Ribbit, ribbit! Escape the winter blues and find joy in the theatre with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of 'PRINCESS & FROG.'

It may be winter outside, but it’s springtime in the theater!

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s 22-23 MainStage Season continues with PRINCESS & FROG, a new musical twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, The Frog Prince. Jason Marks wrote the music for the original show “Croaker The Musical”, and Debra Clinton wrote the book and lyrics. “Croaker The Musical” appeared Off-Broadway in 2016.

Here’s a quick synopsis of the show: When a beautiful, but spoiled, Princess Acrimonia throws her new golden ball down the palace garden well, she encounters an enchanted prince-turned frog, whose only hope of breaking his curse and turning back into a human is to be invited for dinner. Oh … and to be kissed on the nose by a princess. But this frog prince isn’t the only one under an enchanted curse. With the help of his amphibi-friends, the two form an unlikely bond by teaching each other the importance of self-discovery, friendship, and standing up for yourself.

“TCT is thrilled to adapt this fresh family musical based on the classic Frog Prince fairy tale,” says Artistic Director, Roderick Justice. “Audiences can expect to dive into the land of Astorya and go on an adventure with Princess Acrimonia and Prince Croaker, complete with tap dancing on lily pads! The first few rows might even wind up in the splash zone!”

PRINCESS & FROG marks the directorial debut for Maddie Burgoon Jones, who serves as Associate Artistic Director for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Maddie has been involved with TCT productions since she was nine years old, both onstage as a performer and off stage as choreographer, assistant director, and many other creative roles. Unplug and enjoy some live entertainment with the whole family! This 60-minute musical is great for all ages.

Hear what’s coming up next! TCT’s 23-24 MainStage Season will be announced prior to all performances of PRINCESS & FROG. PRINCESS & FROG runs at the Taft Theatre February 18 – 27, 2023. Get your tickets here: thechildrenstheatre.com/shows/princess-frog.

About the Author

Amanda Hayward

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and a mom of three with one on the way. If she's not writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.