COMING SOON

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON
THE WAY TO THE FORUM
March 23 - May 19, 2018


Stephen Sondheim's joyous, musical romp through Rome has desperate lovers, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga.  Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written.  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a nonstop laughfest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom.  The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.

Considered to be one of the funniest musicals ever written, Forum is light, fast-paced, witty, and irreverent.  It's a show that 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 original Broadway production opened in May 1962 at the Alvin Theatre after a series of out-of-town tryouts.  Leading the company, as the mischievous Pseudolus, was popular stage and screen star Zero Mostel.  At the 1963 Tony Awards, Forum took home the trophy in six of the seven categories in which it was nominated including Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, Best Author, and Best Direction of a Musical.  When the production closed in August 1964, it had played 964 performances and eight previews.

Since its original 1962 bow on Broadway, Forum has returned twice to the Great White Way.  The show's first revival came in 1972 with comedian Phil Silver playing the role of Pseudolus; followed by a 1996 revival starring Nathan Lane, who would later be replaced by Whoopi Goldberg.  An interesting piece of trivia is that every actor who opened a production in the role of Pseudolus on Broadway has won the Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum returns to Way Off Broadway with this brand new staging after it was first seen at the Frederick theater in 2002.      
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