BWW Reviews: FORUM An Over Camp Romp
In 1962, the original production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum was struggling in its off broadway try out. Audiences were not turning up and so producer Hal Prince hired director Jerome Robbins to come in and offer some advice to the creative team. Robbins biggest influence in the piece was to scrap the opening number "Love is in the Air" and commission Stephen Sondheim to write a new uptempo tune that introduced the piece as a wild bawdy comedy. "Comedy tonight"'was born and so to the show which went on to win a number of Tony Awards including Best Musical.