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A hoppin’ good musical: “A Year With Frog and Toad”

frog-and-toad2Richland College presents “A Year With Frog and Toad,” April 30-May 3 in the Arena Theatre.

The characters of Arnold Lobel’s well-loved book hop from the page to the stage in this whimsical, Tony-nominated musical. “A Year With Frog and Toad” follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — through four, fun-filled seasons.

The jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for the whole family.

Tickets are free and will be given on a first come, first served basis. Seating is limited. Showtimes are nightly at 7:30 p.m. on April 30-May 3 and at 2:30 p.m. on May 3. For more information, call 972-238-6256.

Richland Alum Jim Caruso Releases New Album “The Swing Set”

Richland College alum Jim Caruso released a new collection of wryly re-imagined standards and eye-popping new tunes called “The Swing Set” on January 11, 2011 through Yellow Sound Label.

Caruso, a six-time MAC Award winner, is host of “Jim Caruso’s Cast Party” every Monday night at New York’s jazz club Birdland where the famous and not-so-famous share their love of song and lack of inhibitions on stage. Caruso’s new album captures the spirit of those bawdy nights and features some of the biggest names in jazz and theatre including guest artists Stephanie J. Block, Michael Feinstein, Hilary Kole, Bucky Pizzarelli and Billy Stritch. The album, his first on the Yellow Sound Label, was produced by Michael Croiter and Aaron Weinstein
with musical direction and arrangements by Aaron Weinstein.

While Caruso has worked with Liza Minnelli and sang for President Clinton’s First State Dinner at the White House, it all started with his time at Richland College in 1977-79. In a 2009 interview in Richland’s Green Room Gazette Caruso explained,  “I have a vivid recollection of Wendy Jackson Welch speaking to all of us after spending some time living in NYC. She spoke of the real ins-and-outs of being a professional actor, which was rarely discussed anywhere. We learned about agents, resumes, headshots, even how to deal with the subway! It was a real insider look at what was to become my life!” http://www.rlc8.dcccd.edu/greenroom/?p=28

For more information on Jim Caruso, visit www.jim-caruso.com. For details about Richland Theatre productions, e-mail rlctheatreboxoffice@dcccd.edu or call 972-238-3733.