Percival the Froggy

The music in this ”Nature Musical from the Bayou” (as it’s billed on the cover’) bubbles up from the narrative the way mud bubbles up from a swamp: It’s not dramatic, but it sure sounds natural. The production is so redolent of the slow and easy South that halfway through you may find yourself napping on the old bayou.

In an extended musical story narrated and sung by David Connolly, Percival is a kind of froggy Huck Finn (or at least a froggy Peter rabbit). He succumbs to his pubescent frog impulses and leaves the safety of his lily pad.

Out in the real world, Percival runs into, and spends a lot of time running away from, a friendly gang of children. The humans, mainly a boy named Filbert and a nanny named Juanita; could be worse; still, frogs and humans don’t mix. At his lowest ebb, Percival finds himself in a dark, lonely, shoebox, with ”a big ol’ froggy tear come fallin’ right out of his eye.”

The musical is so benign it’s disturbing. There’s no suspense here. Inoffensive at best, Percival the Froggy takes an old, old story idea (the misadventures of a misbehaving child) and does nothing new with it. C+

Percival the Froggy
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