Arts notes

'Frog and Toad' set for Broadway opening

Minneapolis -- "A Year With Frog and Toad," a children's musical that originated last year at the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis, makes the leap to Broadway this spring.

The show, based on the children's book by Arnold Lobel, will begin preview performances at the Cort Theatre in New York City on April 2 and will open April 13. The announcement was made Wednesday by producers Bob Boyett and Adrianne Lobel, daughter of the author.

The cast will include most of the same actors who appeared when the show opened in Minneapolis in August: Mark Linn-Baker as Toad and Jay Goede as Frog, plus Danielle Ferland and Frank Vlastnik as the scene-stealing Snail with the Mail.

The show, directed by David Petrarca, had a successful 10-week run at the Children's Theatre before transferring to the New Victory Theatre in New York for a sold-out three-week run in November.

'Ark' pays tribute to Russian Museum

The first feature-length movie ever to contain its entire story in one, uninterrupted shot (87 minutes in duration), "Russian Ark" pays tribute to Russia's great state museum, the Hermitage, and by extension the nation, its cultural treasures and history.

With detailed choreography, Russian director Alexander Sokurov leads you through 33 rooms of the museum (Peter the Great's former Winter Palace) and several centuries of artistic and cultural magnificence. During this unblinking inner journey, we meet all manner of characters, both historic and modern. "Ark" is more than a showcase nod to Russian history, or an elaborate technical exercise.

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