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St. James Theatre (New York, NY)
246 West 44th St.

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Based on the plays Miles Gloriosus, Pseudolus, and Mostellaria by Plautus (251-183 B.C.)

This hysterical musical features a beloved score by Stephen Sondheim and an uproarious book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. The musical's original Broadway production won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book. Forum has also enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals.



A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum tells the bawdy story of Pseudolus, a slave in ancient Rome, who goes to great lengths to gain his freedom by securing a courtesan for his young master, Hero. Scheming slaves, mistaken identities and courtesans each with their own gimmick deliver on the promise of the famous opening number, that there will be comedy tonight.



A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - 1996 Broadway Page 94


Anthony LaPaglia and Kathryn Erbe Star in CHECKERS at Vineyard Theatre, Opening 10/28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2012

Vineyard Theatre will open its 30th Anniversary season with the world premiere production of Douglas McGrath's play CHECKERS. Preview performances begin on October 12th, and opening night is set for October 28th. The production will be directed by Terry Kinney, it has been announced by The Vineyard's Artistic Director Douglas Aibel and Co-Artistic Director Sarah Stern. (more...)

Keen Company's MARRY ME A LITTLE Begins Tuesday
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2012

Performances begin Tuesday, September 11th for the Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company's (Jonathan Silverstein, Artistic Director/Damon Chua, Executive Director) revised production of Marry Me A Little, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman René, directed by Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein. (more...)

Jim Stanek and Michael Basile Star in ROUNDING THIRD at Duncan Smith Theater, 9/21-10/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2012

The critically acclaimed baseball comedy, ROUNDING THIRD, will play this fall at the Duncan Smith Theater. The cast will feature Broadway veteran, Jim Stanek (Indiscretions; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) and Michael Basile (All Dolled Up). This strictly limited engagement opens Friday, September 21st and runs through Saturday, October 6th, 2012. (more...)

Full Cast Set for A CHORUS LINE at Paper Mill Playhouse - Rak, Goldyn, Lanzarone & More Lead Cast!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2012

Paper Mill Playhouse has just announced the cast for its season opener, A Chorus Line, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical conceived, choreographed and directed by Michael Bennett, with book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch, and lyrics by Edward Kleban. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - Nathan Lane on Season Premiere of THE GOOD WIFE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2012

Broadway vet Nathan Lane will appear in a recurring role in the fourth season of the CBS drama series, THE GOOD WIFE. In the season premiere, titled 'I Fought The Law', Lane's character Clarke Hayden will first appear as the firm's appointed trustee who is tasked with getting the firm out of debt. Get a first look below! (more...)

James Black Stars in DEATH OF A SALESMAN at Alley Theatre, Now thru 10/28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2012

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for the Alley Theatre's production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller and directed by Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd, begins performances tonight, September 28, opens officially Wednesday, October 3, and runs through Sunday, October 28 on the Hubbard Stage. (more...)

Whoopi Goldberg on Being a Broadway Producer
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2012

In a recent interview with the Globe and Mail, Broadway veteran Whoopi Goldberg chatted about what it's like being a Broadway producer. On how she got started, she revealed 'Well, if you want to see shows, you have to actually get them going. I wanted to see Thoroughly Modern Millie, so I spent a great deal of time trying to connect with other people who wanted to see the same thing.' (more...)

Jen MacQueen Choreographs KSU's CABARET 10/16-21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2012

On October 16-21, Kennessaw State University presents Kander and Ebb's Tony Award-Winning Broadway classic, Cabaret. Performances are Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm at the Howard Logan Stillwell Theatre. This production features choreography by the Off-Broadway choreographer and acclaimed tap dancer Jen MacQueen, who recently choreographed both the new chamber version of Sweet Charity and the premiere of Clyde 'n' Bonnie the musical. (more...)

Performance Network Theatre Announces 2012 - 2013 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2012

Though Ann Arbor's professional theatre is still in the thick of its record-breaking 30th anniversary season, Performance Network has lined up seven exceptional plays and musicals for its 31st, to begin in the fall. (more...)

Regional Theater of the Week: TheatreZone in Naples, FL
by BWW Features - Sep 26, 2012

BroadwayWorld.com, the largest theatre site on the Internet, is excited to announce a new feature to its comprehensive regional coverage - the Featured Regional Theater of the Week! Each week, BWW will introduce its readers to a regional theater located in one of our (over 130!) coverage cities. By exploring these different venues, their history and showcasing the production seasons, BWW continues its commitment to expand our presence in communities and cities across the United States. This Week's Featured Regional Theater: TheatreZone in Naples, FL! (more...)

Tickets to Vineyard Theatre's CHECKERS, Starring Anthony LaPaglia and Kathryn Erbe, Go on Sale Today, Sept 24
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2012

Sunday, September 23rd marked the 60th anniversary of Richard Nixon's political game-changing 'Checkers speech,' and today, September 24th at 10 a.m. tickets go on sale for the Vineyard Theatre's world-premiere production of CHECKERS, a play by Douglas McGrath about Nixon, his wife Pat and that historic speech. CHECKERS is directed by Terry Kinney. Preview performances begin at The Vineyard (108 E. 15 St.) on October 12; October 31 is opening night. Tickets can be purchased by calling The Vineyard box office at 212 353 0303 or online at (more...)

Andrew Lloyd Webber Would Love to Collaborate with Stephen Sondheim
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2012

According to a feature about the new UK arena touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar in the Sydney Morning Herald, Andrew Lloyd Webber reveals he would like to collaborate with Stephen Sondheim. (more...)

VIDEO: Nathan Lane Guests on DAVID LETTERMAN
by TV News Desk - Sep 21, 2012

Broadway vet and 'Good Wife' star Nathan Lane appeared on last night's LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN and shared a clip from his first outing as the new star of the Bourne movie franchise. Check out his appearance below! (more...)

Tickets to Vineyard Theatre's CHECKERS, Starring Anthony LaPaglia and Kathryn Erbe, Go on Sale Sept 24
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2012

Sunday, September 23rd marks the 60th anniversary of Richard Nixon's political game-changing 'Checkers speech,' and on Monday, September 24th at 10 a.m. tickets go on sale for the Vineyard Theatre's world-premiere production of CHECKERS, a play by Douglas McGrath about Nixon, his wife Pat and that historic speech. CHECKERS is directed by Terry Kinney. Preview performances begin at The Vineyard (108 E. 15 St.) on October 12; October 31 is opening night. Tickets can be purchased by calling The Vineyard box office at 212 353 0303 or online at www.vineyardtheatre.org. (more...)

Jim Stanek and Michael Basile Star in ROUNDING THIRD at Duncan Smith Theater, Now thru 10/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2012

The critically acclaimed baseball comedy, ROUNDING THIRD, will play this fall at the Duncan Smith Theater. The cast will feature Broadway veteran, Jim Stanek (Indiscretions; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) and Michael Basile (All Dolled Up). This strictly limited engagement opens tonight, September 21st and runs through Saturday, October 6th, 2012. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jim Stanek and Michael Basile in ROUNDING THIRD
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2012

The critically acclaimed baseball comedy, ROUNDING THIRD, will play this fall at the Duncan Smith Theater. The cast will feature Broadway veteran, Jim Stanek (Indiscretions; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) and Michael Basile (All Dolled Up). This strictly limited engagement opens Friday, September 21st and runs through Saturday, October 6th, 2012. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the production below. (more...)

Kennedy Center Seeks Nominations for Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards; Deadline 12/16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2012

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking nominations for the 2013 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards - a series of annual grants that recognize inspiring teachers across the United States. Now in their third year, the awards were created in honor of Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday. The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards are presented each year on Sondheim's birthday ----March 22----to a handful of teachers, kindergarten through college, who are nominated via the Kennedy Center website (kennedy-center.org/sondheimteacherawards). (more...)

Keen Company Extends Lauren Molina & Jason Tam-Led MARRY ME A LITTLE Through 10/27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2012

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company (Jonathan Silverstein, Artistic Director/Damon Chua, Executive Director) today announced that Marry Me A Little, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, directed by Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein, starring Lauren Molina and Jason Tam, will extend for one additional week to accommodate unprecedented demand. Marry Me A Little kicks off their 2012 - '13 season and will be followed by a newly revised version of the 1991 play, The Old Boy by A.R. Gurney. Performances will continue through October 27th, with two additional Wednesday matinees on October 17th and 24th. (more...)

Keen Company's MARRY ME A LITTLE Begins Tonight, 9/11
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2012

Performances begin tonight, September 11th for the Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company's (Jonathan Silverstein, Artistic Director/Damon Chua, Executive Director) revised production of Marry Me A Little, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman René, directed by Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein. (more...)

James Black to Star in DEATH OF A SALESMAN at Alley Theatre, 9/28-10/28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2012

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for the Alley Theatre's production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller and directed by Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd, begins performances Friday, September 28, opens officially Wednesday, October 3, and runs through Sunday, October 28 on the Hubbard Stage. (more...)

Sierra Stages Opens ASSASSINS, 10/15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2012

The groundbreaking musical "Assassins" by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman brings the Sierra Stages 2012 season to a close with a bang! The five-time Tony award-winning musical will play from October 25 through November 17 at the intimate Off Center Stage (behind The Center for the Arts) in Grass Valley. The show features 16 amazing Nevada County actors, accompanied by an amazing four-person band, and is directed by Susan Mason, with musical direction by Ken Getz. (more...)

CHAPLIN'S Rob McClure Pays Homage to His NJ Roots
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 10, 2012

Just moments before the curtain went up on the 80th Anniversary performance of BCP's THE MUSIC MAN, director Larry Landsman hopped on stage to share a heartfelt, congratulatory note he had just received from BCP alum and CHAPLIN star Rob McClure. It is clear from his sentiments that the Broadway actor has not forgotten his roots (more...)

Joan Porter Stars in CHECKS AND BALANCES Premiere at Rogers Little Theater, 11/2-11
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2012

Oren Safdie's latest play, Checks and Balances will have its world premiere at Rogers Little Theater featuring seasoned stage, television and film actor Joan Porter as Eleanor Kaufman. (more...)

Helena Blackman, Alastair Brookshaw, Fra Fee & Pete Gallagher to Lead A WINTER'S TALE at Landor Theatre; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2012

Arion Productions Ltd have announced the full cast for the professional world premiere of A Winter's Tale, a brand new British musical at the Landor Theatre, this November, including Helena Blackman, Alastair Brookshaw, Fra Fee, Pete Gallagher and a host of recognisable West End alumni. (more...)

THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Kicks Off Signature Theatre's 2012-13 Season, 8/14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2012

Yee-haw! It's time to start two-steppin' and boot-scootin' in the aisles, as Signature Theatre kicks off its 2012/13 season with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, beginning performances on Tuesday, August 14. (more...)

Jim Stanek and Michael Basile Star in ROUNDING THIRD at Duncan Smith Theater, 9/21-10/6
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2012

The critically acclaimed baseball comedy, ROUNDING THIRD, will play this fall at the Duncan Smith Theater. The cast will feature Broadway veteran, Jim Stanek (Indiscretions; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) and Michael Basile (All Dolled Up). This strictly limited engagement opens Friday, September 21st and runs through Saturday, October 6th, 2012. (more...)

American Theater Group Opens ZERO HOUR at New Hamilton Stage Tomorrow, 10/3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2012

American Theater Group, New Jersey's newest professional theater, under the leadership of Jim Vagias, Joe Mancuso and Rick Sordelet, presents ZERO HOUR, Jim Brochu's acclaimed play about the life of theatre legend Zero Mostel. Zero Hour kicks off ATG's premiere season from October 3-21 at Hamilton Stage, a brand new, state of the art theater located at 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway, New Jersey. The Press Opening is Saturday, October 6 at 8pm. (more...)

BWW EXCLUSIVE: Starry INTO THE WOODS Reading Cast Revealed; Meryl Streep Expected to Join Film!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2012

As reported back in June, Rob Marshall has made Stephen Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS his next project at Warner Bros/Disney - and a starry reading just has kicked the project off. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 10/14/2012
by BWW - Oct 14, 2012

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/14/2012 for Raleigh (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Nashville - Week of 10/14/2012
by BWW - Oct 14, 2012

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/14/2012 for Nashville (more...)

Anthony LaPaglia and Kathryn Erbe Star in CHECKERS at Vineyard Theatre, Beginning Performances Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2012

Vineyard Theatre will open its 30th Anniversary season with the world premiere production of Douglas McGrath's play CHECKERS. Preview performances begin tonight, and opening night is set for October 28th. The production will be directed by Terry Kinney, it has been announced by The Vineyard's Artistic Director Douglas Aibel and Co-Artistic Director Sarah Stern. (more...)

TheatreZone's G&L Theatre Box Office Re-Opens
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2012

Constructed in 1996 on the campus of The Community School of Naples, the intimate 250-seat G&L Theatre has a professional-quality sound and lighting systems, dressing rooms and costume area. The G&L is unique in its intimacy and that it offers a balcony composed entirely of opera box style seating and terraced seats that wrap around the front of the curved stage. (more...)

John Waters, Beth Leavel, Marissa Perry and More Set for Symphonic Premiere of HAIRSPRAY: IN CONCERT!, Jan 2013
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2012

Marking the 25th anniversary of the John Waters' original film, Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly brings together an all-star cast of Broadway, film and TV stars for the full symphonic production of the Broadway musical, Hairspray. Hairspray: In Concert! will premiere with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Jan. 11-13, 2013, and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Jan. 24-27, 2013. (more...)

BWW Interviews: BLOCK 8, DI ESPERIENZA and MESA VERDE Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett Talks with BroadwayWorld!
by Megan Pedersen - Aug 30, 2012

From the streets of Chicago to the desert of Utah, read about the journey of playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett. From his tragic casting experience in 4th grade to his 'Best Local Playwright' win, Bennett has experiences to share. (more...)

GYSPY FAC Theatre Company¬'s Silver Season, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2012

Gypsy, America's most acclaimed musical, will kick off the Fine Arts Center Theatre Company's 25th season, Sept. 27 - Oct. 21, in the SaG?Ji Theatre. Premiering on Broadway in 1959, Gypsy debuted at the end of the golden age of musical comedy, and symbolizes the beginning of true musical theatre, a new era that straddled the lines between comedy and drama. Gypsy follows the life of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee and is full of comedy, honest drama, and vivacious musical numbers with lyrics written by a young Stephen Sondheim. (more...)

BWW Reviews: I Caligula a Mixed Bag at the Secret Rose in NoHo
by Don Grigware - Aug 28, 2012

I, Caligula An Insanity Musical/book and lyrics by Kai Cofer/music and orchestrations by Cody Gillette/partially based on Caligula by Albert Camus/directed by Kai Cofer/Secret Rose Theatre/closed August 26 (more...)

East Lynne Theater Company Presents SEVEN CHANCES, 9/8
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2012

A bachelor faces financial ruin after losing a fortune in a bad business deal, but fortunately, he stands to inherit seven million dollars if he's married by 7:00p.m. on his 27th birthday. Unfortunately, he's received this great news on his 27th birthday, leaving him little time to act. When the love of his life turns him down, his business partner places an ad in the paper, and an army of would-be brides show up at the church. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - Nathan Lane on Season Premiere of THE GOOD WIFE
by TV News Desk - Aug 24, 2012

Broadway vet Nathan Lane will appear in a recurring role in the fourth season of the CBS drama series, THE GOOD WIFE. In the season premiere, titled 'I Fought The Law', Lane's character Clarke Hayden will first appear as the firm's appointed trustee who is tasked with getting the firm out of debt. Get a first look below! (more...)

Nathan Lane Hosts 'East End for Obama' Fundraiser Today, 8/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2012

According to the New York Post, Nathan Lane is set to host a fundraiser for President Barack Obama called 'East End for Obama' today, August 24. (more...)

Photo Flash: CHAPLIN Begins Performances Tomorrow - Meet the Cast!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2012

Broadway's new musical CHAPLIN begins previews tomorrow at 8pm and opens September 10 at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). Meet the cast below! (more...)

Youth Music Theatre Holds Summer 2012 Skills Courses in Edinburgh, Kingston and Across UK
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2012

Youth Music Theatre UK's residential Summer Skills courses are back for 2012. Theatre fans between the ages of 11 and 21 are invited to discover their potential, meet like-minded friends and earn a grade 6 certificate in musical theatre from the prestigious Trinity Guildhall. All skills courses are fully residential with accommodation and rehearsal space located in some of the country's best universities and boarding schools. (more...)

BWW Reviews: COLE - A Delightful, Delicious End to a De-Lovely Season at Totem Pole Playhouse
by Marakay Rogers - Aug 18, 2012

The last show of the 2012 summer season at Totem Pole Playhouse keeps audiences humming songs everyone knows, even if they didn't know the author until now. (more...)

Around the Broadway World: Regional Highlights for the Week of 8/13
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 17, 2012

At BroadwayWorld we pride ourselves in showcasing theater content from all corners of the globe. Our regional contributors do an amazing job each day of bringing you the latest theater news in their cities and countries and to acknowledge this, we launched a new weekly column called 'Around BWW: Regional Highlights of the Week'. Read on for our most-read features, interviews, breaking news and more for the week of August 13! (more...)

Whoopi Goldberg to Return to GLEE; Larsen, Newell to Also Recur
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2012

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whoopi Goldberg will appear in the fourth season of GLEE as a 'special guest star,' reprising her role of Carmen Tibideaux, dean of the fictional New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. Glee Project Season 1 winners Samuel Larson and Alex Newell will also recur on the new season. (more...)

Ocean State Theatre Company to Conclude Role as Producer at Theatre By The Sea
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2012

Ocean State Theatre Company, Inc., the not-for-profit producing entity currently celebrating its Fifth Anniversary Season at Theatre By The Sea and Bill Hanney, owner of Theatre By The Sea, announced today that Ocean State Theatre Company will conclude its role as the producing entity at the end of the current season. (more...)

THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Kicks Off Signature Theatre's 2012-13 Season Tonight, 8/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2012

Yee-haw! It's time to start two-steppin' and boot-scootin' in the aisles, as Signature Theatre kicks off its 2012/13 season with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, beginning performances tonight, August 14. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is Hilarious, Now Thru August 19!
by Linda Hodges - Aug 14, 2012

Set aside all of your 21st century politically correct notions and feminist fury for a moment and go see 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.' This show is guaranteed to make you laugh, but you better hurry because it's only here through August 19th. (more...)

Lauren Molina and Jason Tam Set to Lead Keen Company's MARRY ME A LITTLE Off-Broadway; Opening 10/2
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2012

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company (Jonathan Silverstein, Artistic Director/Damon Chua, Executive Director) today announced that Lauren Molina and Jason Tam will star in Marry Me A Little, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, directed by Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein. Marry Me A Little kicks off their 2012 - '13 season and will be followed by a newly revised version of the 1991 play, The Old Boy by A.R. Gurney. (more...)

Youth Music Theatre Holds Summer 2012 Skills Courses in Edinburgh, Kingston and Across UK
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2012

Youth Music Theatre UK's residential Summer Skills courses are back for 2012. Theatre fans between the ages of 11 and 21 are invited to discover their potential, meet like-minded friends and earn a grade 6 certificate in musical theatre from the prestigious Trinity Guildhall. All skills courses are fully residential with accommodation and rehearsal space located in some of the country's best universities and boarding schools. (more...)

Edward Watts and Roz Ryan Join Cast of Broadway-Bound SCANDALOUS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2012

This fall, celebrated stage veterans Edward Watts (Finian's Rainbow) and Roz Ryan (Chicago, The Pajama Game, Dreamgirls) return to Broadway to co-star in the new musical SCANDALOUS: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson. (more...)

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