This show was an attempt to bring professional children’s theater to Broadway. I’m sure as professional children’s theater goes, this is a very well-made piece, but its failure is a reminder that professional children’s theater doesn’t belong on Broadway. It’s a perfectly charming, pleasant children’s show performed by winning actors, and it does feature one notably beautiful song in “Alone”, but the flat truth is that it really doesn’t offer much to an adult audience, and there was no real reason for anyone to see it if they weren’t taking their kids to it. What the people responsible for the show have presumably now learned is that you can’t keep a Broadway show open on that kind of business alone. Even Disney, with name recognition that this show only dreams of, has had a couple of financial failures with shows that had no adult draw (see The Little Mermaid, later on this retrospective). The children’s shows that do become hits on Broadway (CATS, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) have to rely not only on the young, but also the young-at-heart, and even the young-at-heart weren’t really offered much by A Year With Frog and Toad.