A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

PLOT SYNOPSIS

"Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!" Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written – the perfect escape from life's troubles. “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom. With its unforgettable zany characters, a hysterical, perfectly constructed book by Larry Gelbart (of “MASH” and “City Of Angels” fame) and Burt Shevelove, and witty Stephen Sondheim songs which are modest n their vocal demands, “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” allows a brilliant ensemble of comedic actors to shine. (The lead role of Pseudolus is one of the theatre's greatest roles – a tour de force for a clown par excellence.) And as if that weren't enough, its simple unit set makes “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” one of the easiest Broadway musicals to mount.

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Directed & Choreographed By

John Rampage

 

Musical Direction By

Alethea Train

 

A Musical Comedy Based On

The Plays Of Plautus

Book By

Bert Shevelove And & Larry Gelbart

Music & Lyrics By

Stephen Sondheim


Show
Schedule

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    May 20 – June 5, 2005

1 Interpreted & Described Performance

2 The "Talk Back" begins after the performance. Discussions are free of charge, and one need not attend that day's performance to participate.