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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Closed July 11, 2017

The six-time Tony-winning musical comedy arrives at the Muny

Why See A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum?

When Roman farce meets vaudeville!

Roman politics meets musical farce in this firm favorite of the Broadway stage, with music and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. First premiering in 1962 on Broadway, the show was notable for winning sixTony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Author (Musical). Set around the antics of crafty Roman slave Pseudolus, he sets out to gain the hand of a non-too bright courtesan for his master, in an effort to win his freedom. Of course, being a comedy farce, it's easy to guess that this particular path is anything but smooth!

Using the works of Roman dramatist Plautus as a guide, his comedy farces are notable for having survived over 2,000 years perhaps even coining the entire genre, situation comedy. Combining the outlandish scene set-ups with Vaudevillian prowess, "A Funny Thing..." is a laugh-a-minute concoction of bawdy puns, slapstick and cases of mistaken identity. First staged between Gypsy and Anyone Can Whistle, the show's super-slick book was written by Burt Shevelove (No, No, Nanette) and Larry Gelbart (Tootsie, MASH).

Sondheim's first musical where he created both the music and lyrics, the raucous score includes songs such as Comedy Tonight, Love I Hear, Free, The House Of Marcus Lycus and Pretty Little Picture.

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Dates

Opening night: 5 July 2017

Audience

Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

TBC

Cast and Creative

Cast

Jordan Gelber as Pseudolus
John Tartaglia as Hysterium
Ali Ewoldt as Philia
Mark Linn-Baker as Senex
E. Faye Butler as Domina
David Josefsberg as Lycus
Marrick Smith as Hero
Nathaniel Hackmann as Miles Gloriosus
Whit Reichert as Erronius
Marcus Choi
Justin Keyes
Tommy Scrivens

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