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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...)

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...)

Goodman Theatre Confirms THE ICEMAN COMETH With Nathan Lane, et al. Will Not Open on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2012

Robert Falls' major revival of THE ICEMAN COMETH will not take a Broadway bow, the theatre confirmed to the Chicago Tribune this morning. (more...)

Atlanta Lyric Theatre to Close Season With GYPSY, 6/15-7/1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2012

Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents Gypsy June 15 through July 1, 2012 at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre (117 N. Park Square, Marietta.) Tickets are available now at 404-377-9948 or www.AtlantaLyricTheatre.com. (more...)

Performance Network Theatre Announces 2012 - 2013 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 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...)

Maltz Jupiter Theatre Presents BYE BYE BIRDIE, 6/29 & 30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2012

Veteran Broadway performer Deanna L. Dys will direct and choreograph the upcoming production of the family-friendly musical Bye Bye Birdie on June 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Chilina Kennedy to Bring 'What You Find In A Bottle' to the Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2012

On Sunday July 8th, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR's Chilina Kennedy will bring 'What You Find In A Bottle' to the Metropolitan Room at 7pm. Special guest stars will include Paul Nolan and Josh Young, with Rick Fox, Michele Fox, Kevin Ramessar and Jaz Sealey playing in the band. (more...)

Donna McKechnie Brings MY MUSICAL COMEDY LIFE to The Colonial, 7/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2012

Donna McKechnie will appear in Donna McKechnie: My Musical Comedy Life at The Colonial Theatre on July 28 at 8pm as a benefit to honor Larry Vaber. (more...)

Chilina Kennedy to Bring 'What You Find In A Bottle' to the Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2012

On Sunday July 8th, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR's Chilina Kennedy will bring 'What You Find In A Bottle' to the Metropolitan Room at 7pm. Special guest stars will include Paul Nolan and Josh Young, with Rick Fox, Michele Fox, Kevin Ramessar and Jaz Sealey playing in the band. (more...)

Edward Hall's CHARIOTS OF FIRE Opens at the Gielgud Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2012

As London gets ready to welcome the world to the 2012 Olympic Games, Edward Hall's five star production of Chariots of Fire opens (3 July 2012) at the West End's Gielgud Theatre following its critically acclaimed sell-out run at Hampstead Theatre. Inspired by Colin Welland's original screenplay, award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett's new adaptation is based on the true story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams' inspirational tale of hope, honour and belief. Chariots of Fire is currently booking at the Gielgud Theatre to 10 November 2012. (more...)

Aaron Vega et al. Lead LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Whitefish Performing Arts Center, Now thru 7/21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2012

A giant, man-eating plant from outer space will invade the Whitefish Performing Arts Center when Alpine Theatre Project presents Little Shop of Horrors tonight, July 5 through July 21 at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center in downtown Whitefish. The musical comedy runs Tuesdays - Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 6pm with a special Family Matinee at 2pm on July 21. (more...)

Youth Music Theatre Holds Summer 2012 Skills Courses in Edinburgh, Kingston and Across UK
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 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...)

Donna McKechnie Brings MY MUSICAL COMEDY LIFE to The Colonial Tonight, 7/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2012

Donna McKechnie will appear in Donna McKechnie: My Musical Comedy Life at The Colonial Theatre tonight, July 28 at 8pm as a benefit to honor Larry Vaber. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Sondheim Shares First-hand Insights in Retrospective Concert
by Michael L. Quintos - Jul 25, 2012

Making good on his promise to eventually show up in Orange County to speak about his enduring career in the theater, legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim finally made his long-awaited appearance at the Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa for the landmark event STEPHEN SONDHEIM: IN CONVERSATION on July 13. Back to provide live performances were Christine Ebersole and Brian Stokes-Mitchell, while ASCAP Musical Theater scholar Michael Kerker hosted the talk show/concert hybrid. (more...)

Nathan Lane to Host 'East End for Obama' Fundraiser, 8/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2012

Nathan-Lane-to-Host-East-End-for-Obama-Fundraiser-824-20010101 According to the New York Post, Nathan Lane is set to host a fundraiser for President Barack Obama called 'East End for Obama' on August 24. (more...)

Final de FOLLIES: Stephen Sondheim y Mario Gas, una vez más la unión hizo el delirio
by Fernando Solla Rosell - Jul 20, 2012

Ultimísimo tramo de la recta final de Follies en el Teatro Español. Dos únicas funciones para llegar a la gran (y doble) despedida. La última representación del musical, que se celebrará el próximo sábado, será el punto culminante, definitivo y definitorio, de la era de Mario Gas como máximo responsable artístico de las cuatro salas en las que se enmarca la sede cultural. Nadie dudaba del talento de los nombres que acreditan el espectáculo. (more...)

Hunter Foster, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and More Set for PIRATES! at the Muny
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2012

The Muny has announced principal casting for the sixth show of its 94th season, Pirates! (or, Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder'd), July 30 - August 5, directed by Gordon Greenberg and choreographed by Denis Jones. Conceived by Gordon Greenburg, Nell Benjamin and John McDaniel, Pirates! (or, Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder'd) features lyrics by W.S. Gilbert, and music by Arthur Sullivan. Revised book and lyrics are by Nell Benjamin, and music supervision, new arrangements and orchestrations are by John McDaniel. (more...)

Williamstown Theatre Festival's LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS Opens
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2012

Williamstown Theatre Festival today opens Last of Last of the Red Hot Lovers, which began performances July 11. (more...)

Manatee Players Single Tickets Go On Sale 7/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2012

Single tickets to the Manatee Players' productions of LEGALLY BLONDE, EVITA, PUMPBOYS AND DINETTES, PLAID TIDINGS, ANYTHING GOES and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will go on sale on Monday July 16. (more...)

THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Kicks Off Signature Theatre's 2012-13 Season, 8/14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 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...)

Hal Prince's New York City Home on the Market!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2012

According to Curbed.com, the home of Broadway legend Hal Prince is currently on the market at $22 million. The 74th Street New York City townshouse was purchased three years ago by Prince and his wife at $12.5 million. (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...)

Donna McKechnie on Marvin Hamlisch: 'This is a great loss for all of us'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2012

Marvin had a rare musical intelligence and imagination. His work seemed to easily bridge the gap between Art and Commerce. His artistry in writing beautiful melodies always moved me, and spoke to me of his classicism and deep feeling nature. This is a great loss for all of us. One consolation is that his music has been made popular around the world, and people in so many different countries will continue to be moved and inspired by his music as we are. (more...)

Youth Music Theatre Holds Summer 2012 Skills Courses in Edinburgh, Kingston and Across UK
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 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 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...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at CATCO-Phoenix's AVENUE Q
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2012

CATCO-Phoenix present Avenue Q, which is rated R for mature audiences, Aug. 1-19, 2012, at the Vern Riffe Center, Studio One Theatre, 77 S. High St. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the actors and puppets below. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Video Promo and First Looks at CATCO-Phoenix's AVENUE Q
by Stage Tube - Aug 1, 2012

CATCO-Phoenix presents Avenue Q, which is rated R for mature audiences, Aug. 1-26, 2012, at the Vern Riffe Center, Studio One Theatre, 77 S. High St. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the production, including a video promo and the songs 'If You Were Gay' and 'It Sucks to be Me.' Check it out below. (more...)

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