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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.


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Broadway Playhouse Series Begins With the Gershwins
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2012

Merkin Concert Hall's Broadway Close Up series introduces children age 4-11 to classic Broadway shows through mini-musicals, medleys, sing-alongs and games in which children participate. (more...)

People┬'s Light & Theatre Presents Treasure Island: A Musical Panto 11/16-1/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2012

People's Light & Theatre presents Treasure Island: A Musical Panto, by Kathryn Petersen, with music and lyrics by Michael Ogborn. It runs November 16, 2011 - January 8, 2012 on the Main Stage. (more...)

Molly Franco, Stan Graner Lead WaterTower's THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2012

WaterTower Theatre today announced the cast for The Diary of Anne Frank, running January 6-29, 2012 at the Addison Theatre Centre. (more...)

Pam Dougherty, Cliff Stephens Lead WaterTower's AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2012

WaterTower Theatre today announced the cast for August: Osage County, running March 30 - April 22, 2012 at the Addison Theatre Centre. (more...)

Indianapolis Symph Orch Performs Concert Stage Production of Hello, Dolly!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2012

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly will perform the world premiere of a new symphonic concert stage production of Jerry Herman's famous Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! starring versatile singer Sandi Patty as Dolly Levi and renowned Tony Award-winning actor Gary Beach as Horace Vandergelder in Printing Partners Pops Series concerts Friday and Saturday, January 13 and 14, at the Hilbert Circle Theatre and Sunday, January 15, at The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel, Ind. (more...)

Court Theatre's SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM Begins 2/11
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2012

Glitz, glamour and the most popular songs from a Broadway icon are all brought to The Court's new stage in SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM. David McPhail narrates the musical revue, whilst Ali Harper, Michael Lee Porter and Juliet Reynolds-Midgley romp through the career of Stephen Sondheim, performing songs from WEST SIDE STORY, GYPSY, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and FOLLIES. (more...)

Marilyn Maye & More Set for The Metropolitan Room in January
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2012

The Metropolitan Room announced January performances. (more...)

Pull-Tight Theatre Seeks Actors for SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2012

Pull-Tight Theatre of Franklin, Tennessee is proud to announce auditions for Side by Side by Sondheim. This production is a musical revue celebrating Stephen Sondheim's work as lyricist, composer and dramatist, and includes songs from West Side Story, Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Follies, Pacific Overtures, Anyone Can Whistle and Company. (more...)

Official: INTO THE WOODS & AS YOU LIKE IT Set for Shakespeare in the Park; Lily Rabe Set for 'Rosalind'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2012

BroadwayWorld.com reported the news exclusively on January 9, 2012 and now the The Public Theater has officially announced the line-up for the 50th Anniversary Shakespeare in the Park season at the Delacorte. Daniel Sullivan, who directed acclaimed productions of All's Well That Ends Well, The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night in the Park, will return to direct AS YOU LIKE IT in June with Lily Rabe as Rosalind. The second show of the 50th Anniversary summer season will be Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved musical INTO THE WOODS, directed by Timothy Sheader with co-direction by Liam Steel. Based on the Olivier Award-winning Regent's Park Open Air Theatre London production in 2010, The Public Theater's INTO THE WOODS will be an all new production with an American cast and designers and will be staged in one of the most beautiful outdoor venues in the world-the Delacorte Theater. INTO THE WOODS will begin performances at the end of July. (more...)

Merkin Concert Hall┬'s 2012 Broadway Playhouse Series Salutes Stephen Sondheim, 2/5
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2012

At the second concert in Merkin Concert Hall's 2012 Broadway Playhouse series, children discover the musicals of the great Stephen Sondheim through mini-musicals, medleys, sing-alongs and interactive games. Featuring kid-friendly explorations of Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Follies and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. (more...)

Photo Flash: Dancing at Lughnasa At Mad Cow
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2012

Mad Cow Theatre has announced the cast for Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. (more...)

Jen MacQueen to Choreograph THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at Milton, 3/14-17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2012

Rehearsals have begun at Milton High School for their production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. This show will perform March 14-17, directed by Renee Denney and music directed by Leigh Ann Shaw. The cast is full of experienced high schoolers, some of whom also appeared in Milton's successful production of HAIRSPRAY in spring 2011. It will feature choreography by the Off-Broadway choreographer and acclaimed tap dancer Jen MacQueen, who choreographed the recent Atlanta production of A Chorus Line at Aurora Theatre, for which she received a BroadwayWorld (Atlanta) Award Nomination for Best Choreography in a Musical. (more...)

La Mirada And McCoy Rigby Present THE 39 STEPS In LA, Opens 1/20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2012

La Mirada and McCoy Rigby are set to present the third show of their 2011-2012 season with the Los Angeles regional theatre premiere production of THE 39 STEPS, adapted by Patrick Barlow (based on the Alfred Hitchcock film) and directed by Jessica Kubzansky. (more...)

ZERO HOUR Returns to Toronto 2/8-3/11 at the Bathurst St. Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2012

ZERO HOUR will be back in Toronto for a limited run, producers Lia and Dana Matthow announced today. (more...)

La Mirada And McCoy Rigby Present THE 39 STEPS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2012

La Mirada and McCoy Rigby are set to present the third show of their 2011-2012 season with the Los Angeles regional theatre premiere production of THE 39 STEPS, adapted by Patrick Barlow (based on the Alfred Hitchcock film) and directed by Jessica Kubzansky. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 18th, 2012
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 18, 2012

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Russell Crowe's Chicago vocal coach, a hot new Broadway star, three productions at the North Shore Center, 'Show Boat,' Jessie and Darren's dreams come true and more.... (more...)

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center Announces 2011-12 Family Concerts
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2012

Broadway Playhouse brings Broadway's greatest shows to the youngest generation of musical theater fans with mini-musicals, medleys, sing-alongs and games in which audience members participate. (more...)

La Mirada And McCoy Rigby Present THE 39 STEPS In LA, Opens 1/20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2012

La Mirada and McCoy Rigby are set to present the third show of their 2011-2012 season with the Los Angeles regional theatre premiere production of THE 39 STEPS, adapted by Patrick Barlow (based on the Alfred Hitchcock film) and directed by Jessica Kubzansky. (more...)

Indianapolis Symph Orch Performs Concert Stage Production of Hello, Dolly!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2012

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly will perform the world premiere of a new symphonic concert stage production of Jerry Herman's famous Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! starring versatile singer Sandi Patty as Dolly Levi and renowned Tony Award-winning actor Gary Beach as Horace Vandergelder in Printing Partners Pops Series concerts Friday and Saturday, January 13 and 14, at the Hilbert Circle Theatre and Sunday, January 15, at The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel, Ind. (more...)

ATC Presents THE 39 STEPS Runs 1/14-2/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2012

The 39 Steps hits Arizona Theatre Company's stage at the Temple of Music and Art. Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps plays from January 14 - February 4, 2012 and continues its run in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from February 9 - 26, 2012. (more...)

John Doyle to Helm PASSION at Classic Stage Company in 2013
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2012

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick, will next season present new production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical PASSION, to be directed by John Doyle (the Tony Award-winning revivals of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Company). PASSION is slated to begin performances in February, 2013. (more...)

Indianapolis Symph Orch Performs Concert Stage Production of Hello, Dolly!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2012

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly will perform the world premiere of a new symphonic concert stage production of Jerry Herman's famous Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! starring versatile singer Sandi Patty as Dolly Levi and renowned Tony Award-winning actor Gary Beach as Horace Vandergelder in Printing Partners Pops Series concerts Friday and Saturday, January 13 and 14, at the Hilbert Circle Theatre and Sunday, January 15, at The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel, Ind. (more...)

August Wilson Theatre Gets New ProBax Seating
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2012

Last night, American theatergoers experienced for the first time the comfort of the revolutionary ProBax® seating technology, when Jujamcyn Theaters unveiled the August Wilson Theatre's brand new seats. Setting a new standard in comfort, the Broadway house -- currently home to the smash hit Jersey Boys -- is the first American theater to utilize this ergonomic seating. Using dual density foams to encourage an anatomically correct posture, the patented ProBax® cushions reduce back ache and muscle fatigue from sitting. In a theatrical setting, they allow the audience to focus more freely on the show, while reducing the need to shift and fidget. Also, by encouraging a more upright posture, they allow for more comfortable leg space. Widely used in the automotive industry, and in select theaters abroad, this cutting-edge technology had never been used in a North American entertainment venue until now. (more...)

Whoopi Goldberg to Guest Star on ABC's THE MIDDLE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2012

As first reported on TVline.com, Broadway veteran Whoopi Goldberg will be making a guest star appearance on the ABC comedy THE MIDDLE. The news was announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Tuesday. (more...)

Pull-Tight Theatre Seeks Actors for SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2012

Pull-Tight Theatre of Franklin, Tennessee is proud to announce auditions for Side by Side by Sondheim. This production is a musical revue celebrating Stephen Sondheim's work as lyricist, composer and dramatist, and includes songs from West Side Story, Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Follies, Pacific Overtures, Anyone Can Whistle and Company. (more...)

Rob Marshall to Direct INTO THE WOODS Film for Disney!
by BWW - Jan 10, 2012

The Hollywood Reporter has spoken exlusively to director Rob Marshall and gotten the scoop that he is now at work on a new film adaption for Disney of the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical INTO THE WOODS (which will return to New York this summer in Central Park). (more...)

Ethan McSweeny Directs Shakespeare Theatre's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by BWW News Desk - Jan 1, 2012

The Shakespeare Theatre Company continues its 2011-2012 Season with the return of Ethan McSweeny (The Merchant of Venice, The Persians, Ion, Major Barbara) directing Shakespeare's romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. (more...)

Original B'Way Company Member Jim Stanek to Star in 4th Wall Theatre's STORY OF MY LIFE, 2/9 -11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2012

4TH WALL THEATRE continues its 15th anniversary season with THE STORY OF MY LIFE. This endearing show boasts music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and a book by Brian Hill. The show received four Drama Desk Award nominations in 2009, including Outstanding Musical. (more...)

ZERO HOUR Returns to Toronto 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2012

The multi-award-winning hit show ZERO HOUR will be back in Toronto for a limited run, producers Lia and Dana Matthow announced today. Written by and starring Jim Brochu, ZERO HOUR will run February 8 to March 11 at the Bathurst St. Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-ARTS (2787). (more...)

ZERO HOUR Starring Jim Brochu to Open at Bathurst St. Theatre, 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2012

Toronto welcomes back the multi-award-winning production Zero Hour starring writer Jim Brochu and directed by multi-Oscar-nominated actress Piper Laurie. (more...)

ZERO HOUR Returns to Toronto 2/8-3/11 at the Bathurst St. Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2012

ZERO HOUR will be back in Toronto for a limited run, producers Lia and Dana Matthow announced today. (more...)

Roundabout Hosts Reading of Jessica Stone's All-Male A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2012

Jessica Stone's production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will receive a Friends of Roundabout reading. (more...)

Original B'Way Company Member Jim Stanek to Star in 4th Wall Theatre's STORY OF MY LIFE, 2/9 -11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2012

4TH WALL THEATRE continues its 15th anniversary season with THE STORY OF MY LIFE. This endearing show boasts music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and a book by Brian Hill. The show received four Drama Desk Award nominations in 2009, including Outstanding Musical. (more...)

ZERO HOUR Starring Jim Brochu to Open at Bathurst St. Theatre, 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2012

Toronto welcomes back the multi-award-winning production Zero Hour starring writer Jim Brochu and directed by multi-Oscar-nominated actress Piper Laurie. (more...)

Merkin Concert Hall┬'s 2012 Broadway Playhouse Series Salutes Stephen Sondheim, 2/5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2012

At the second concert in Merkin Concert Hall's 2012 Broadway Playhouse series, children discover the musicals of the great Stephen Sondheim through mini-musicals, medleys, sing-alongs and interactive games. Featuring kid-friendly explorations of Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Follies and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 2/3- Nathan Lane
by Stage Tube - Feb 3, 2012

Happy Birthday Nathan Lane! Lane is best known for his roles as Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in MouseHunt, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and his voice work in The Lion King and Stuart Little. In 2008, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. (more...)

The Jungle Theater Announces 2012 Season Line-up
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2012

Nearing the conclusion of a banner 2011 season, Jungle Theater Artistic Director Bain Boehlke today announced plans for 2012. (more...)

Mad Cow Theatre Announces Cast for Dancing at Lughnasa 2/3-3/2
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2012

Mad Cow Theatre has announced the cast for Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. (more...)

ZERO HOUR Returns to Toronto 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2012

The multi-award-winning hit show ZERO HOUR will be back in Toronto for a limited run, producers Lia and Dana Matthow announced today. Written by and starring Jim Brochu, ZERO HOUR will run February 8 to March 11 at the Bathurst St. Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-ARTS (2787). (more...)

La Mirada And McCoy Rigby Present THE 39 STEPS In LA, Opens 1/20
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2012

La Mirada and McCoy Rigby are set to present the third show of their 2011-2012 season with the Los Angeles regional theatre premiere production of THE 39 STEPS, adapted by Patrick Barlow (based on the Alfred Hitchcock film) and directed by Jessica Kubzansky. (more...)

Court Theatre's SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM Begins 2/11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2012

Glitz, glamour and the most popular songs from a Broadway icon are all brought to The Court's new stage in SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM. David McPhail narrates the musical revue, whilst Ali Harper, Michael Lee Porter and Juliet Reynolds-Midgley romp through the career of Stephen Sondheim, performing songs from WEST SIDE STORY, GYPSY, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and FOLLIES. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre Company Produces Much Ado About Nothing 11/25-1/1
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2011

The Shakespeare Theatre Company continues its 2011-2012 Season with the return of Ethan McSweeny (The Merchant of Venice, The Persians, Ion, Major Barbara) directing Shakespeare's romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. (more...)

Terrace Plaza Playhouse Opens A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, 12/31
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2011

Terrace Plaza Playhouse will present A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, December 31, 2011 - February 11, 2012 every Friday, Saturday and Monday evening at 7:30 PM. (more...)

AMERICAN IDIOT National Tour Kicks Off in Toronto
by BWW - Dec 28, 2011

Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT, the two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway hit called 'wonderfully raucous' and 'emotionally charged' by The New York Times, will premiere in Toronto today through January 15 before continuing on to 14 other markets across the United States. (more...)

BWW Toronto Awards Update 12/26 - Voting Ends 12/31!
by BWW - Dec 26, 2011

It's almost over! There's just FIVE days of voting remaining for the 2011 Toronto Awards and here is the latest update! Have you voted yet, and helped to spread the word to support your favorites in the hopes that they will be the recipients of a 2011 BroadwayWorld Toronto Award? There is no time to waste, click on the voting link and make your opinion count! Below are the stats so far as of Monday December 26, 2011. Voting ends at midnight on 12/31 so time is running out. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR on Broadway; Tom Hewitt is Pontius Pilate
by BWW - Dec 22, 2011

The full Broadway cast has been announced for The Stratford Shakespeare Festival's hit production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, directed by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's Artistic Director Des McAnuff which will open March 22, 2012 (previews begin March 1) at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street). (more...)

Beth Leavel, Anne Horak, et al. to Lead BOEING-BOEING at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2011

Paper Mill Playhouse has just announced the cast and creative team for Boeing-Boeing, directed by James Brennan. The cast features: Anne Horak (Gretchen), Brynn O'Malley (Gabriella), Heather Parcells (Gloria), John Scherer (Robert), Matt Walton (Bernard) and Tony® Award-winner Beth Leavel (Berthe). The show begins performances on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, and runs at the Millburn theater through Sunday, February 12, 2012. The official press opening is scheduled for Sunday, January 22, 2012. Boeing-Boeing is sponsored by American Airlines, the official airline of Paper Mill Playhouse. (more...)

Marilyn Maye & More Set for The Metropolitan Room in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2011

The Metropolitan Room announced January performances. (more...)

Mad Cow Theatre Announces Cast for Dancing at Lughnasa 2/3-3/2
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2011

Mad Cow Theatre has announced the cast for Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. (more...)

Weinstein Company Greenlights FINDING NEVERLAND Musical Following Successful London Readings
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2011

The New York Times reports today that a FINDING NEVERLAND musical has been greenlighted by The Weinstein Company for further development following successful readings in London last week. The project was last workshopped in New York this past spring and was scheduled to premiere at the La Jolla playhouse this fall. The Weinstein's pulled the project at the last minute (which was replaced at La Jolla by the Startford Festival's Jesus Christ Superstar, currently running) to develop further. Tony Award winner Rob Ashford helms the project, which has Broadway apsirations. The project marks the first musical on which the Weinstein company is lead producer. (more...)

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