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Date of Birth: February 25, 1928 (87)
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BWW Review: Cabrillo Presents the Quintessential FORUMBWW Review: Cabrillo Presents the Quintessential FORUM
by Don Grigware - Feb 1, 2016

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum/book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart/ music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim/Cabrillo Music Theatre, Thousand Oaks/directed by Lewis Wilkenfeld/choreographed by John Charron/through February 14 A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum is silliness personified from its zany characters and inane plot contrivances to its corny yet witty dialogue. It is clever farce set to music. Mistaken identities, zippity fast exits and entrances...it has no rhyme or reason but is terribly, terribly funny with belly laughs about every two seconds. Cabrillo's current revival is astonishingly good with a delicious cast and superlative direction from Lewis Wilkenfeld. It's a practically flawless production. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Cabrillo Music TheatreBWW Reviews: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Cabrillo Music Theatre
by Cary Ginell - Feb 1, 2016

Laurel and Hardy must be smiling in the comedy Valhalla. Cabrillo Music Theatre's near-perfect production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which opened last night at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Scherr Forum, brings back the classic, broad humor from vaudeville, performed by an inspired cast of crazies who not only aren't afraid of anything going wrong, but are probably HOPING for mishaps that would destroy any other show. This is, of course, because Forum is one of those shows where spontaneity and the unexpected is almost as obligatory as Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart's uproarious script and Stephen Sondheim's witty lyrics. (more...)

BWW Review: Desert Theatreworks's Presentation of Neil Simon's Comedy LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR is Side-Splitting.BWW Review: Desert Theatreworks's Presentation of Neil Simon's Comedy LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR is Side-Splitting.
by Audrey Liebross - Feb 1, 2016

Neil Simon's autobiographical play, LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR, as presented by Desert Theatreworks (DTW), provides a side-splitting few hours of theatre. The play is based on the mayhem in the writers' room of Sid Caesar's YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS. Director Lance Phillips-Martinez does a fine job of directing an excellent cast. (more...)

Photo Flash: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Cabrillo Music TheatrePhoto Flash: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Cabrillo Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2016

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM makes its Civic Arts Plaza debut. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED… has enjoyed two successful Broadway revivals, and has showcased generations of comic actors from Zero Mostel and Phil Silvers to Nathan Lane and Whoopi Goldberg. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)

Theater Works to Bring Hollywood Glamor to Peoria in CITY OF ANGELSTheater Works to Bring Hollywood Glamor to Peoria in CITY OF ANGELS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

Theater Works presents the Tony Award-winning musical CITY OF ANGELS, beginning Friday, February 19. (more...)

BIG FISH Book Writer John August to Receive WGAW's 2016 Valentine Davies AwardBIG FISH Book Writer John August to Receive WGAW's 2016 Valentine Davies Award
by TV News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

Screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West's 2016 Valentine Davies Award (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre to Present A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUMCabrillo Music Theatre to Present A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

It might just be the funniest musical ever written! A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM makes its Civic Arts Plaza debut! This hilarious mixture of slapstick, farce, mistaken identity, music and dance has to be seen live to be believed! The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED... has enjoyed two successful Broadway revivals, and has showcased generations of comic actors from Zero Mostel and Phil Silvers to Nathan Lane and Whoopi Goldberg. Cabrillo Music Theatre's brand-new production opens on Friday, January 29th, 2016 playing until Sunday, February 14th, at the 396-seat Scherr Forum at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 12/11/15- CITY OF ANGELSSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 12/11/15- CITY OF ANGELS
by Stage Tube - Dec 11, 2015

Today in 1989, City of Angels opened at the Virginia Theatre (now the August Wilson Theatre), where it ran for 879 performances. City of Angels is a musical comedy with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel, and book by Larry Gelbart. The musical weaves together two plots, the 'real' world of a writer trying to turn his book into a screenplay, and the 'reel' world of the fictional film. The musical is an homage to the film noir genre of motion pictures that rose to prominence in the 1940s. It was directed by Michael Blakemore with sets designed by Robin Wagner and costumes by Florence Klotz. (more...)

Photo Flash: New Shots of Christopher Fitzgerald and Michael Urie in '...FORUM' at Two River TheaterPhoto Flash: New Shots of Christopher Fitzgerald and Michael Urie in '...FORUM' at Two River Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

Two River Theater presents A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, the Tony Award-winning musical farce written by comedy giants Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by theater legend Stephen Sondheim. The director is Jessica Stone, the choreographer is Denis Jones, and the musical director is Gary Adler. The press opening is Friday, November 20 at 8pm and performances will continue through Sunday, December 13 in Two River's Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. BroadwayWorld has a first official look at New York stage stars Christopher Fitzgerald and Michael Urie in action below! (more...)

AN ACT OF GOD's Christopher Fitzgerald Leads '...FORUM', Beginning Tonight at Two River TheaterAN ACT OF GOD's Christopher Fitzgerald Leads '...FORUM', Beginning Tonight at Two River Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2015

Two River Theater presents A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, directed by Jessica Stone and featuring an all-male troupe led by An Act of God's Christopher Fitzgerald as 'Pseudolus', a slave who tries to win his freedom by playing matchmaker for his innocent young master. (more...)

First Look at Christopher Fitzgerald & Michael Urie in Two River Theater's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUMFirst Look at Christopher Fitzgerald & Michael Urie in Two River Theater's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2015

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces the full cast and creative team for its production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Tony Award-winning musical farce written by comedy giants Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by theater legend Stephen Sondheim. The director is Jessica Stone (Absurd Person Singular), the choreographer is Denis Jones (Honeymoon in Vegas), and the musical director is Gary Adler (Avenue Q). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look- A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Fair Lawn Recreation Dept.Photo Flash: First Look- A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Fair Lawn Recreation Dept.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2015

Fair Lawn Recreation Department's resident theater company, Old Library Theatre, is proud to present Sondheim's joyous, musical romp through Rome - A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Set for Two River TheaterA FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Set for Two River Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2015

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces the full cast and creative team for its production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Tony Award-winning musical farce written by comedy giants Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by theater legend Stephen Sondheim. The director is Jessica Stone (Absurd Person Singular), the choreographer is Denis Jones (Honeymoon in Vegas), and the musical director is Gary Adler (Avenue Q). (more...)

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Set for Old Library TheatreA FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Set for Old Library Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2015

Fair Lawn Recreation Department's resident theater company, Old Library Theatre, is proud to present Sondheim's joyous, musical romp through Rome - A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM. (more...)

BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at The Wick TheatreBWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at The Wick Theatre
by Roger Martin - Oct 9, 2015

If you're a lover of musical comedy classics you might look a little askance at the production of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM now running at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton. All the wonderful songs are there, all the jokes, the pretty girls and super singing, but something's been added. And it doesn't help. (more...)

Wirtz Center's 2015-16 Season to Feature AMERICAN IDIOT, AS YOU LIKE IT & MoreWirtz Center's 2015-16 Season to Feature AMERICAN IDIOT, AS YOU LIKE IT & More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2015

A cutting-edge musical written by the Grammy Award-winning rock band Green Day, fresh takes on Greek and Shakespeare classics, a new production of a popular Imagine U family show and more are part of Northwestern University's 2015-16 Mainstage season. (more...)

BWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's FORUM: A Comedy TonightBWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's FORUM: A Comedy Tonight
by Nancy Grossman - Sep 14, 2015

Stoneham Theatre opens its 16th season with A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, directed by Weylin Symes and Ilyse Robbins. Front and center for the nonsense is Neil A. Casey, surrounded by a stand-out cast, including Kathy St. George, Chip Phillips, Jordan Ahnquist, and Mark Linehan. Ribald jokes and vaudeville shtick are cause for eye-rolling, but your ears will feast on the gathering of voices covering the Stephen Sondheim score. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 9/13/2015Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 9/13/2015
by BWW - Sep 13, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/13/2015 for Austin (more...)

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Kicks Off Season 16 at Stoneham Theatre TonightA FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Kicks Off Season 16 at Stoneham Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

Stoneham Theatre opens Season 16 with Stephen Sondheim's riotously funny Broadway musical hit A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM. Performances run from tonight, September 10 - October 4, 2015. (more...)

BWW Review: City Theatre Presents Furiously Funny FORUMBWW Review: City Theatre Presents Furiously Funny FORUM
by Frank Benge - Sep 7, 2015

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. (more...)

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