Funny Thing Happened On The Way To the Forum revival news?

Princeton Returns
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/10
Following the rumours a couple of months back has anyone heard anything further? Is this it happening?
mjohnson2
Broadway Star
joined:11/2/13
It is now slated to begin previews in March with an April opening according to Playbill, but a theatre still has yet to be announced.
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Emobacca2
Swing
joined:8/13/13
I'm intrigued by who will get to play Pseudolus. That role has netted the actor portraying him a Tony award all three times A Funny Thing has been on Broadway.
gstrus2
Broadway Star
joined:5/27/12
I hope this is still on track for this season, I love James Corden and really want to see him in this role!
AC126748
Broadway Legend
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I'm intrigued by who will get to play Pseudolus.

James Corden has been associated with this production since its inception. Given his popularity here a few years ago with ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS and the fact that this production will be coming on the heels of INTO THE WOODS and his movie about Paul Potts, this could be another windfall for him.
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/176057/a-funny-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-forum-starring-tony-winner-james-corden-may-be-broadway-bound/
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Kad
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The show is in the midst of the casting process, so I imagine news will be breaking in the early fall.
Princeton Returns
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/10
So if James cordon is the new host of the late late show does that mean he is no longer linked to this revival?
theminutepast
Broadway Star
joined:2/1/06
This is the first I'm hearing of a planned revival, and I'm so excited! I saw the movie a long time ago and have never seen a performance of the show, so I'm hoping this all works out.
JRRTolken
Understudy
joined:6/7/14
I would rather See Geoffrey Rush in the show. He was really good according to the reviews in Melbourne
gstrus2
Broadway Star
joined:5/27/12
Sounds like the production is still going on, with or without Corden. A spokesperson for the production said: "Plans for the Spring 2015 Broadway production of A Funny Thing Happen on the Way to the Forum continue. The star, additional casting, theater and dates will be announced in the near future."
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GavestonPS
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This is the first I'm hearing of a planned revival, and I'm so excited! I saw the movie a long time ago and have never seen a performance of the show, so I'm hoping this all works out.

Put the movie out of your head. Richard Lester was trying to repeat the style of film farce he had pioneered in HELP!, the Beatles movie; but as the saying goes, lighting rarely strike twice in the same place.

The stage musical is Roman farce performed by American vaudevillians (or nowadays, actors imitating vaudeville styles) and is not only one-of-a-kind, but absolute brilliant. (And I saw it with Milton Berle, who would stop periodically and do sections from his nightclub act--show still worked!)

I hope you get to see it.
ACL2006
Broadway Legend
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Cordon could only do FORUM & the Late, Late Show if he can tape the show in NYC.
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somethingwicked
Broadway Legend
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Considering CBS is already losing The Late Show to New York, it's almost a certainty that The Late Late Show will remain in Los Angeles.

Regardless, James Corden is no longer available to move forward with FORUM.
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GavestonPS
Broadway Legend
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But while we're on the subject of the LATE, LATE SHOW, Craig Ferguson could play several of the roles: Pseudolus, Hysterium, Marcus Lycus, etc.
oncemorewithfeeling2
Featured Actor
joined:4/25/13
The Wrap says Corden is the replacement, The Hollywood Reporter says it's all but signed, and Variety has been surprisingly quiet on this news, beyond saying The Wrap broke the story. It seems like it's happening, so Corden in Forum, unfortunately, will not be happening.

Regardless, I'm still excited for him. I've been a fan of his since History Boys and the acclaim he'll get from ITW and now this is well earned. Dude deserves it.

Updated On: 8/5/14 at 09:42 PM
oncemorewithfeeling2
Featured Actor
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If Craig Ferguson wanted to break into American theater, I think he would be a delight as Marcus Lycus.
CoreyRyan3
Stand-by
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Do you think this puts the Forum revival away for the time being or do you think they just go for someone else? If so, who do you think are some good options? I'd love for them to get Geoffrey Rush. And I'd love to see Burstein in the role (too bad he's already got Fiddler).
BroadwayNYC2
Featured Actor
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Chris Pratt please, even though he has bigger and better things to do now.
Jeffrey Karasarides
Leading Actor
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"I'd love to see Burstein in the role (too bad he's already got Fiddler)."

Nothing has been officially confirmed with that yet, but even if it is, it wouldn't even be until the fall.
RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
It does seem odd timing. I guess Corden is out, no? I mean, he couldn't do both.
Jarethan
Understudy
joined:2/10/11
I don't understand why he would even do this. Right now, he is on the verge of being big...major role in Into the Woods, the opera singer movie, and the potential for a triumphant Forum. Starring on the Late Show makes no sense to me, unless this is something he is going to sign on only for a couple of years vs. the rest of his life.

Seems to me that this would be a ridiculous carer move.

Probably being a spoil sport because I would much prefer to see him in movies and on stage, something I can't say for Seth Myers or Jay Leno or David Letterman or even Jimmy Fallon...he tried the movie route and was unsuccessful, although I thought he was terrific in Fever Pitch.

He is out of his mind if he accepts a position following Craig Ferguson.
Princeton Returns
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Seems like a good career move. In the UK he is known partly as an actor but also as a 'personality' and chat/quiz show host. All his acting roles have been a variation on a theme (joker fat guy), he seems to really enjoy hosting things

This will be major exposure in the us, and could lead to bigger gigs. Plus the money is probably good
g.d.e.l.g.i.
Broadway Legend
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Frankly, if they want international show hosts with an anarchic sense of comedy, I'd go for Graham Norton as Late Late Show host well ahead of James Corden. (No, The Graham Norton Effect on Comedy Central doesn't count. He really didn't get a chance to shine in that slot.)
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Updated On: 8/6/14 at 09:15 AM
ray-andallthatjazz86
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joined:8/2/05
Corden would probably never have to take a job for money after getting this gig ever again. It's a smart move on his part. He'll still be able to act, probably not commit to a Broadway run though, at least for the time being. I'm not exactly sure what are all these great Hollywood roles he is going to get after INTO THE WOODS, he is fantastic but I can't see him being offered all the great lead roles in Hollywood now. And he is way too talented to settle for being some silly sidekick in an Anne Hathaway comedy. This way he'll be able to get some exposure, and still work on some projects here and then while holding a steady job that will allow him to showcase his great personality, not to mention his incredibly sexy look. I say, good for him. Though it is sad we won't get to see him in A FUNNY THING, he'd have been genius.
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Mr Roxy
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Craig on Broadway would make me go see a show . Corden being named host came as a bit of a shock
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Noel&Cole
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ONE MAN... was one of the funniest evenings I ever had at the theatre. I laughed more during that show than almost any other broadway show in memory. Including musical comedies. I credit about 97% of that laughter with what James Corden did onstage. The play itself was what it was.

I never thought he'd sell many tickets in FORUM as a name, but he'd make it a brilliant production.

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