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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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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...)

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...)

Performance Network Theatre's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Begins 11/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2012

Join Performance Network Theatre during the holidays for the fervent tale of six-time Tony Award- Winning romantic musical, A Little Night Music with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler on November 15 through December 30, 2012 starring Naz Edwards as Desiree and John Seibert as Fredrik. Please note there is no performance on Thanksgiving. The final preview performance will be held on Wednesday, November 21 at 7:30pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: FORUM An Over Camp Romp
by Tim Carney - Oct 29, 2012

In 1962, the original production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum was struggling in its off broadway try out. Audiences were not turning up and so producer Hal Prince hired director Jerome Robbins to come in and offer some advice to the creative team. Robbins biggest influence in the piece was to scrap the opening number 'Love is in the Air' and commission Stephen Sondheim to write a new uptempo tune that introduced the piece as a wild bawdy comedy. 'Comedy tonight'was born and so to the show which went on to win a number of Tony Awards including Best Musical. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Richmond - Week of 10/28/2012
by BWW - Oct 28, 2012

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/28/2012 for Richmond (more...)

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

Vineyard Theatre will open its 30th Anniversary season with the world premiere production of Douglas McGrath's play CHECKERS. Opening night is set for tonight, 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...)

Geoffrey Rush Headlines FORUM in Australia as Pseudolus, 10/27
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2012

Geoffrey Rush will lead John Frost's production of Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which opens in Melbourne Saturday, October 27 at Her Majesty's Theatre and runs for twelve weeks. The show is directed by Simon Phillips. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Q&A With the Australian Cast of Geoffrey Rush-Helmed FORUM
by Stage Tube - Oct 27, 2012

Geoffrey Rush will lead John Frost's production of Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which opens in Melbourne Saturday, October 27 at Her Majesty's Theatre and runs for twelve weeks. The show is directed by Simon Phillips. BroadwayWorld has a Q&A session with the cast. Check out the video below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Media Launch and More in Australia's FORUM
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2012

Geoffrey Rush will lead John Frost's production of Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which opens in Melbourne Saturday, October 27 at Her Majesty's Theatre and runs for twelve weeks. The show is directed by Simon Phillips. BroadwayWorld has a look at photos from the cast announcement and media launch. Check back soon for full production shots! (more...)

James Black to Star in DEATH OF A SALESMAN at Alley Theatre, 9/28-10/28
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 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 Today, October 28 on the Hubbard Stage. (more...)

Jessica Snow Wilson Brings 'Make Your Own Party' with the Music of Heisler & Goldrich to LA 11/1
by BWW - Oct 26, 2012

On Thursday November 1st at 8pm, Broadway actress Jessica Snow Wilson brings "Make Your Own Party" to L.A. The concert will feature songs by composer team Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, currently working on 'The Great American Mousical' at Goodspeed. (more...)

Publicist Suzie Howie Succombs to Cancer
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2012

Publicist Suzie Howie has succombed to cancer at the age of 63 on the eve of the opening of her last show, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. It was a 7 year battle with breast cancer. (more...)

Riverdale Repertory Company Presents CITY OF ANGELS, 11/10-18
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2012

Riverdale Repertory Company, under the Artistic Direction of Laurie Walton, is proud to present CITY OF ANGELS, the multi-Tony Award-winning film noir musical comedy set in 1940s Hollywood. (more...)

OFFICIAL: Nathan Lane-Led THE NANCE to Open 4/15 at Lyceum Theatre; Jack O'Brien to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2012

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced that two-time Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane will head the cast of its upcoming production of THE NANCE, a new play by Douglas Carter Beane to be directed by Jack O'Brien. The production will begin previews on Thursday, March 21 and open on Monday, April 15 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45 Street). (more...)

Rev. Peter M. Donohue to Direct THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at Villanova
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2012

Villanova University President (and Barrymore Award-winning director) the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD returns to Villanova Theatre with the Philadelphia premiere of The Drowsy Chaperone, on stage November 6 - December 2, 2012. The darling of the 2006 Tony Awards, this hilarious show-within-a-show begins when a die-hard musical theatre fan puts on his favorite record - the cast album of the (fictional) 1920s musical The Drowsy Chaperone. From the scratchy crackle of his phonograph, a madcap musical magically bursts to life, transforming his humble apartment into a dazzling world of song, dance, and comic ingenuity. (more...)

Noah Samotin and More Join Eddie Mekka in TheatreZone's 'FORUM'; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2012

TheatreZone Artistic director Mark Danni today announced his cast selection for the Tony award winning production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. (more...)

Jen MacQueen Choreographs KSU's CABARET 10/16-21
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 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...)

American Theater Group Opens ZERO HOUR at New Hamilton Stage Tomorrow, 10/3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 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...)

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...)

Shakespeare Theatre Celebrates Holidays with A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, 11/15-12/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2012

The Shakespeare Theatre Company, recipient of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, kicks off its holiday season with William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Director Ethan McSweeny (Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice) takes a fresh approach to this well-loved play filled with magic and wonder. The production runs at STC's Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) from November 15-December 30, 2012. (more...)

Jen MacQueen Choreographs KSU's CABARET, Now thru 10/21
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2012

Today, October 16 through the 21st, 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...)

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...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Geoffrey Rush, Hugh Sheridan and More in Australian's FORUM
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2012

Geoffrey Rush leads John Frost's production of Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which is currently running in Melbourne at Her Majesty's Theatre for twelve weeks. The show is directed by Simon Phillips. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production shots below. (more...)

Joan Porter Stars in CHECKS AND BALANCES Premiere at Rogers Little Theater, 11/2-11
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 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...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: October 27 - November 2
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 2, 2012

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: Broadway goes dark due to Hurricane Sandy, Bette Midler hosts Annual Hulaween Gala,The Heiress celebrates opening night and so much more! (more...)

ONE AFTERNOON WITH STEPHEN SONDHEIM Rescheduled for Nov 23 at Her Majesty's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2012

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins presents ONE AFTERNOON WITH STEPHEN SONDHEIM, which has been rescheduled to Friday, 23 November at 2 p.m., hosted by ABC CLASSIC FM Mornings Presenter Christopher Lawrence. (more...)

Complete Cast Announced for DR. SEUSSÂ' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS at the Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2012

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe's 15th annual production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (more...)

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