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St. James Theatre (Broadway) (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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by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2013

As BroadwayWorld.com reported back in October exclusively, Meryl Streep will play the witch in the INTO THE WOODS film. In a new interview with the Litchfield County Times with arranger David Krane confirms, telling the paper that: ... (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2013

Lyric Theatre presents SOME ENCHANTED EVENING, tonight, January 30 through February 16, 2013 at the Plaza. (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2013

As we reported earlier in the month, Tiffany Graves joins Frances Ruffelle in the cast of Piaf, opening at the Leicester Curve in February. (more...)

I'LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT to Make LA Premiere at Colony Theatre, 2/6-3/3
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2013

The Colony Theatre will present the fifth production of its 'Season of Premieres' with the Los Angeles Premiere of I'LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT, written and directed by Peter Colley. I'LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT will preview on Wednesday, February 6; Thursday, February 7; and Friday, February 8 at 8:00pm. It will open on Saturday, February 9 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, March 3 at The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center. (more...)

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Nathan Lane Returns to CBS's THE GOOD WIFE Tonight
by TV News Desk - Jan 27, 2013

Broadway's Nathan Lane returns to guest star in the CBS drama series THE GOOD WIFE tonight, January 27th. (more...)

New Rep to Present MARRY ME A LITTLE, 1/7-27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2013

New Repertory Theatre has announced Stephen Sondheim's charming musical revue, MARRY ME A LITTLE, January 7 through 27, 2013, performing in the Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, Mass. (more...)

Broadway Songbook Series THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM to Play the Ordway, 1/18-27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2013

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents its second installment of the popular Broadway Songbook Series for the 2012-2013 Theater Season, 'The Words and Music of Stephen Sondheim,' Jan. 18-27 in the Ordway's McKnight Theatre. This three-event series highlights the lives, histories and stories of musical theater legends. (more...)

PHANTOM FLASHBACK: The Men Behind the Mask- Broadway's Past Phantoms
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 26, 2013

Below, BroadwayWorld tributes the men behind the mask- the many who have taken on the title role at the Majestic Theatre since it opened in 1988. Check it out below! (more...)

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM and DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN Set for 2013 CLO Cabaret
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2013

Pittsburgh CLO has announced the Pittsburgh CLO premiere of Side by Side by Sondheim at the CLO Cabaret May 23 - August 18. The sophistication, wit, insight, heart and genius of Broadway's most innovative and influential artist is at the center of this tribute to composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim - a perfect introduction to the work of the contemporary master and a must for die-hard fans. Following Side by Side by Sondheim will be the eagerly-anticipated return of Defending the Caveman, back by popular demand after a sell-out run at the Cabaret in 2011. (more...)

John Waters, Beth Leavel, Marissa Perry and More Set for Symphonic Premiere of HAIRSPRAY: IN CONCERT!, Jan 2013
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2013

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...)

Individual Tickets for Summer 2013 Season Go on Sale at Creede Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2013

May is right around the corner, and individual tickets are now on sale now for the Creede Repertory Theatre's 48th season, opening with "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" on May 31st. Whether you decide to go with individual tickets or a subscription package, the theatre has an option for you. (more...)

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Carla Jimenez, Eymard Cabling and More Join YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at Theatre Banshee, 1/18-2/10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2013

Angelinos looking for a unique and satisfying "family-friendly-experience" in American music, featuring some of the best talent in the Los Angeles musical theatre world, are in for a real treat! This revised production of YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN will open at Theatre Banshee, Burbank, on January 18th thru February 10th, 2013. Produced by John Peters for J & J Productions, this warmhearted musical comedy based on the "Peanuts" comic strip, welcomes Television, Movie, Broadway Musical Theatre, & Award-Winning Stars: Carla Jimenez, Eymard Cabling, Colette Peters, Chris Duir, Chaz Feuerstine, Frankie Marrone, James Oronoz, Adam Trent, & Jennifer Strattan. (more...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, Feb 9 - Broadway Snowman, ANNIE's Entourage, HAIR Does MOTOWN and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2013

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' round-up. Today's photos feature a PHANTOM backstage snowman, a shout-out from GAY BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN's Max von Essen in Paris, ANNIE's Lilla Crawford and her entourage, some MARY POPPINS snow bunnies, FLASHDANCE's tribute to the cast of NICE WORK, who 'owled' around this week, a video from the WEST SIDE STORY tour, regional productions of KISS ME, KATE and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and a slew of MOTOWN tributes from the NYC cast of HAIR! (more...)

Spreckels Theatre Presents A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, Now thru 2/17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2013

Spreckels Theatre Company presents 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum', featuring Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. (more...)

BWW Reviews: AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN SONDHEIM at Susquehanna University
by Marakay Rogers - Feb 8, 2013

The legendary theatrical composer and lyricist took to the Susquehanna University stage to present his own inside history of American musical theatre and its creators and stars (more...)

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by TV News Desk - Feb 7, 2013

W. Kamau Bell welcomes comedy icon David Alan Grier as his guest tonight, February 7 @ 11:00pm ET/PT on an all-new episode of TOTALLY BIASED with W. Kamau Bell. (more...)

I'LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT Makes LA Premiere at Colony Theatre, Now thru 3/3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2013

The Colony Theatre will present the fifth production of its 'Season of Premieres' with the Los Angeles Premiere of I'LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT, written and directed by Peter Colley. I'LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT will preview tonight, February 6; Thursday, February 7; and Friday, February 8 at 8:00pm. It will open on Saturday, February 9 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, March 3 at The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center. (more...)

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Opens at the Manatee Players, 2/21-3/17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2013

Stephen Sondheim's hilarious musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opens at the Manatee Players on February 21 and runs through March 17! This will be the last show at the Riverfront Theater before the opening of the new Manatee Performing Arts Center in March. (more...)

LEND ME A TENOR, 'IRMA VEP', and 'FORUM' Set for Bay Street Theatre's 2013 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2013

It's a brand new year at Bay Street Theatre and a brand new 22nd season has just been announced! Three hilarious shows have been chosen for this year's Mainstage Season. The shows are LEND ME A TENOR, by Ken Ludwig; directed by Don Stephenson (May 28 - June 23), THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP by Charles Ludlum; directed by Kenneth Elliott (July 2 - 28) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge; book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. (more...)

Summit View School Features THE GIFTS OF LOVE in Fourth Annual Musical Theatre Fundraiser, 2/10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2013

GIFTS OF LOVE: THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF STEPHEN SCHWARTZ, a benefit concert featuring premiere talent from the musical theatre world, is to take place on February 10. Tickets are $50 a person (food included), and may be purchased through www.brownpapertickets.com. Doors open at noon for a lunch/brunch buffet, and the show begins at one. All proceeds benefit Musical Theatre Programs at Culver City/Valley Glen campuses. The event will be hosted by True Blood's Carolyn Hennesy. To learn more about Summit View School please visit: www.summitviewschool.org. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Garages in MELBOURNE
by Henry Sachwald - Feb 5, 2013

The best way to enjoy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is take someone under 10 with you to see it. (more...)

David Alan Grier Set for FX's TOTALLY BIASED, 2/7
by TV News Desk - Feb 5, 2013

W. Kamau Bell welcomes comedy icon David Alan Grier as his guest this Thursday, February 7 @ 11:00pm ET/PT on an all-new episode of TOTALLY BIASED with W. Kamau Bell. (more...)

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MEGA STAGE TUBE: Happy 57th Birthday to Nathan Lane!
by Stage Tube - Feb 3, 2013

Happy 57th 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. In celebration of this day, we bring you performances from throughout his career. Click below to watch! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 2/3- Nathan Lane
by Stage Tube - Feb 3, 2013

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...)

Broadway's Kevin Gray Dies at 55; Starred in PHANTOM, THE LION KING, SHOWBOAT, SPIDER WOMAN & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2013

BroadwayWorld.com has just learned the sad news that Kevin Gray, who most recently was seen in New York at the 25th Anniversary Gala for The Phantom of the Opera, passed away suddenly of a heart attack last night at the young age of 55. Gray leaves behind his wife, Dodie Pettit, who he met while starring in Broadway's Phantom. (more...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, Feb 9, Part 2 - CINDERELLA's Greg Hildreth & Santino Fontana, THE LION KING's Knitting Club and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2013

BroadwayWorld collected as many of yesterday's evening Saturday Intermission Pics as we could to bring you Part 2 of our February 9th SIP round-up. Yesterday evening's photos featured an epic intermission pic from CINDERELLA's Greg Hildreth and Santino Fontana, the men of THE LION KING knitting to their hearts' content, a tribute to PETER PAN's departing 'fly guy', and an electrifying shot from Phoenix Theatre's NEXT TO NORMAL, plus SIPs from THE FANTASTICKS, SPIDER-MAN, JEKYLL & HYDE, FLASHDANCE, SPAMALOT, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, HAIR, and lots of regional shows! (more...)

Summit View School Features THE GIFTS OF LOVE in Fourth Annual Musical Theatre Fundraiser Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2013

GIFTS OF LOVE: THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF Stephen Schwartz, a benefit concert featuring premiere talent from the musical theatre world, is to take place today, February 10. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 2/10/2013
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