A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum
A Musical by Stephen Sondheim
Based on the plays of Plautus, this musical with a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, the plot concerns a young hero, named Hero, who has fallen in love with a courtesan from next door. He promises freedom to his slave, Pseudolus, in exchange for the girl. A Funny Thing is out of the ordinary in that the songs' function is not to advance the plot or to illuminate character, but rather to give the audience a vaudevillian break from the breakneck pace of the farcical plot. Includes the songs "Comedy Tonight" and "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid."
The days in the calendar are color-coded:
|White||Plenty of seats were available|
|Yellow||A popular performance, but seats were available|
|Red||A very popular show, very few seats were available
Directed by Dave Ludt, with musical direction by Jeff Kempskie, the cast of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum included
|Marcus Lycus||Ron Parello|
|Miles Gloriosus||Nick Adams|
|Proteans||Doug Beller, Alex Channell, Ken Gagne|
|Geminae Twins||Lauren Bailey, Nattie Kirsch|
Thanks to the Worcester Telegram for a kind review (subscription required) in the 18 May edition on page C5.
Here is the online edition of the Program (900kb). (Adobe Acrobat reader is required.)