NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Composer Stephen Sondheim has updated his musical "The Frogs" with new songs and an expanded storyline for its New York City run this summer.
Sondheim has added six new songs and Nathan Lane, who stars in the production, has updated the story from Burt Shevelove's original book, Playbill reported Friday.
"The Frogs," set to preview June 17, is scheduled to run July 15 through Oct. 3 at Lincoln Center.
"The Frogs" originally was written by Sondheim and librettist Shevelove in 1974 for a production staged in the Yale swimming pool. That cast included unknown actors Christopher Durang, Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver.
The ancient play centers on a debate between Aeschylus and Euripides, to determine who is the greater artist, with the winner returning to Earth with Dionysus to save civilization.
The show has traditionally required elaborate special effects, actors skilled in both acting and swimming and an exhibition pool in which they perform.
"It's not a revival," Sondheim said about the new production. "The old one was only about 40 minutes long. Nathan has really expanded it, and four-fifths is his now."