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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


Jeremy Webb & Nat Chandler Bring BACK HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS to Hangar's CabarETC Series, 12/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2012

On Saturday, December 8th the Hangar's CabarETC series continues with a special one-day-only cabaret performance of Back Home for the Holidays featuring Jeremy Webb (The Glorious Ones and Hangar's The 39 Steps) and Nat Chandler (Spamalot, Kiss Me Kate, and Phantom of the Opera) with special guest Joseph Thalken. (more...)

Noah Samotin and More Join Eddie Mekka in TheatreZone's 'FORUM', Now thru 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2012

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

2012 BWW South Florida Regional Awards - LIVE Update - 11/26!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 26, 2012

Voting is now underway for the South Florida Awards and continues until December 31, 2012. Winners will be announced in early January. Check out the live standings below! (more...)

TheatreZone Adds Leigh Straub to Board of Directors
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2012

TheatreZone artistic director Mark Danni announced today that Ohio native Leigh Straub has joined the not-for-profit Equity theatre organization's Board of Directors, effective immediately. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Ft. Myers/Naples - Week of 11/25/2012
by BWW - Nov 25, 2012

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/25/2012 for Ft. Myers/Naples (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 11/25/2012
by BWW - Nov 25, 2012

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/25/2012 for Chicago (more...)

ONE AFTERNOON WITH STEPHEN SONDHEIM Set for Her Majesty's Theatre Today, 11/23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2012

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

Partridge, Strallen, Zimmerman and Hamilton-Barritt Announced For A CHORUS LINE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2012

The principal casting for the Palladium production of the classic musical has been announced! (more...)

John Partridge, Scarlett Strallen and More Set in A CHORUS LINE at the London Palladium - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2012

Principal casting is announced for A CHORUS LINE, the Broadway Production at the London Palladium, music by Marvin Hamlisch, book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, lyrics by Edward Kleban, conception, original direction and choreography by Michael Bennett, direction and original co-choreography by Bob Avian. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Meet the Cast of ELF THE MUSICAL!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2012

Check out the recently released commercial for the show below and meet the cast with videos of them from past productions and roles! (more...)

2012 BWW South Florida Regional Awards - LIVE Update - 11/19!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 19, 2012

Voting is now underway for the South Florida Awards and continues until December 31, 2012. Winners will be announced in early January. Check out the live standings below! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/06/2013
by BWW - Jan 6, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/06/2013 for Boston (more...)

Full Casting Confirmed For West End A CHORUS LINE!
by BWW - Jan 4, 2013

The full cast for the London revival of A Chorus Line has now been confirmed. (more...)

Alice Jane Murray and Marc Leslie Join A CHORUS LINE at London Palladium; Casting Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2013

According to the Daily Mail, after an open audition, Alice Jane Murray of Kent has been cast as 'Lois', and Marc Leslie will play the role of 'Roy' in the London Palladium production of A Chorus Line. Casting is now complete and rehearsals have begun to prepare for the show's February 19th opening. (more...)

Stephen Bogardus, Jeffry Denman, and More Join Classic Stage Company's PASSION- Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2013

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Greg Reiner, today announced complete casting for the company's upcoming new production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical PASSION, to be directed by John Doyle (director of the acclaimed Broadway revivals of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Company). Joining previously announced Melissa Errico (Clara), Judy Kuhn (Fosca) and Ryan Silverman (Giorgio) in the production are Stephen Bogardus (Colonel Ricci), Jeffry Denman (Lieutenant Barri), Jason Michael Evans (Private Augenti), Amy Justman (understudy), Ken Krugman (Lieutenant Torasso), Orville Mendoza (Sergeant Lombardi), Tom Nelis (Doctor Tambourri) and Will Reynolds (Major Rizzoli/Ludovic). PASSION is slated to begin performances on February 8, 2013 at CSC (136 East 13th Street), with an official press opening scheduled for Thursday, February 28, playing a limited engagement through Sunday, April 7. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning at Noon on Thursday, January 3. (more...)

Allison McLemore to Lead THE PHILADELPHIA STORY for Pioneer Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2013

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story January 11 through 26, 2013. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 12/09/2012
by BWW - Dec 9, 2012

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/09/2012 for Miami (more...)

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Now thru 12/31
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2012

Capture the magic and joy of Christmas as the ghosts of Past, Present and Future lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a powerful journey of transformation and redemption. Relive the cherished tale of Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and a host of unforgettable characters as they touch your heart. (more...)

Jeremy Webb & Nat Chandler Bring BACK HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS to Hangar's CabarETC Series Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2012

Tonight, December 8th the Hangar's CabarETC series continues with a special one-day-only cabaret performance of Back Home for the Holidays featuring Jeremy Webb (The Glorious Ones and Hangar's The 39 Steps) and Nat Chandler (Spamalot, Kiss Me Kate, and Phantom of the Opera) with special guest Joseph Thalken. (more...)

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 - Dec 6, 2012

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...)

This Is Your Brain On Musical Theatre - 7 Questions with (Funny Thing!) Mitchell Butel
by Jacqueline Bublitz - Dec 5, 2012

Musical theatre star, Shakespearean actor, AFI nominee and voice of the Playschool theme song. These are just some of the eclectic credits on Mitchell Butel's resume. As A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum heads into its last month in Melbourne we take a peak into Mitchell Butel's brain on musical theatre … (more...)

BWW Interviews: Romantic Favourites with the Cast of Angelwalk's ORDINARY DAYS
by Kelly Cameron - Dec 4, 2012

Ordinary Days is kicking off Angelwalk Theatre's 2012-2013 Season at The Toronto Centre for the Arts. The show features four of Canada's brightest up and coming musical theatre talents, and BWW sat down to speak with three of them about their best and worst romantic movie and stage choices. (more...)

2012 BWW South Florida Awards - Last Chance to Vote!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 31, 2012

Voting is now underway for the South Florida Awards and continues until December 31, 2012. Winners will be announced in early January. (more...)

Lyric Theatre Presents SOME ENCHANTED EVENING, 1/30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2012

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

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 12/30/2012
by BWW - Dec 30, 2012

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/30/2012 for Miami (more...)

2012 BWW South Florida Regional Awards - LIVE Update - 12/3!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 3, 2012

Voting is now underway for the South Florida Awards and continues until December 31, 2012. Winners will be announced in early January. Check out the live standings below. (more...)

BWW Mexico 2012 Highlights: Broadway por Amor...los musicales favoritos.
by Clemente Sanchez - Dec 29, 2012

Como cada año, Broadway México, reúne no sólo a grandes figuras y figuras en formación de la escena musical mexicana, en una gran fiesta teatral. En 2012 llevó por título Broadway por Amor....los musicales favoritos. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre Celebrates Holidays with A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, 11/15-12/30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 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...)

FLIPSIDE: THE PATTI PAGE STORY Makes NY Premiere at 59E59 Theaters, 12/18-30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2012

59E59 Theaters welcomes Front Page Productions with FLIPSIDE: THE PATTI PAGE STORY, written and directed by Greg White, and featuring 28 of Patti Page's hit songs. FLIPSIDE: THE PATTI PAGE STORY begins performances on Tuesday, December 18 for a limited engagement through Today, December 30. Press Opening is Friday, December 21 at 8 PM. (more...)

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company Presents MAN OF LA MANCHA, 12/27-30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2012

Continuing its tradition of bringing Broadway's favorites back to life, SMTC has announced its next production, the classic musical Man of La Mancha, for a special engagement. Performances will take place at the intimate 300-seat Dorrance Auditorium on the beautiful campus at Phoenix Country Day School (3901 E. Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253). This full production of will feature an incredible cast and a full live orchestra, a rarity in town. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Down Under - So Much to Sing and Dance About in 2012!
by Jacqueline Bublitz - Dec 28, 2012

For musical theatre lovers Down Under, 2012 gave us much to sing and dance about. We watched new musicals struggle to find their footing, a 60-year old classic make its triumphant return, and premiered blockbuster hits straight from the West End. In a year where we were spoilt for choice, it took much deliberation for this Broadway baby to narrow it down to a top five for 2012! (more...)

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company Presents MAN OF LA MANCHA, Now thru 12/30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2012

Continuing its tradition of bringing Broadway's favorites back to life, SMTC has announced its next production, the classic musical Man of La Mancha, for a special engagement. Performances will take place at the intimate 300-seat Dorrance Auditorium on the beautiful campus at Phoenix Country Day School (3901 E. Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253). This full production of will feature an incredible cast and a full live orchestra, a rarity in town. (more...)

New Rep to Present MARRY ME A LITTLE, 1/7-27
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2012

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...)

BWW's Top Austria Theatre Stories of 2012
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 26, 2012

BroadwayWorld brings you the Best of Austria in the year 2012. Check out the Top Theatre Stories from each month during in the year 2012. We look forward to another exciting year of theatre in 2013! (more...)

2012 BWW South Florida Regional Awards - LIVE Update 12/24 - Final Week to Vote!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 24, 2012

Voting is now underway for the South Florida Awards and continues until December 31, 2012. Winners will be announced in early January. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 12/23/2012
by BWW - Dec 23, 2012

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/23/2012 for Miami (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Ft. Myers/Naples - Week of 12/02/2012
by BWW - Dec 2, 2012

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/02/2012 for Ft. Myers/Naples (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 12/02/2012
by BWW - Dec 2, 2012

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/02/2012 for Miami (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 12/02/2012
by BWW - Dec 2, 2012

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/02/2012 for Chicago (more...)

Goodspeed and Hartford Symphony Celebrate 50 Years of Goodspeed Musicals, 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2012

Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Goodspeed Musicals will join to celebrate the music and the magic of Goodspeed's golden anniversary in a spectacular concert event on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford. (more...)

BREAKING: Norbert Leo Butz-Led BIG FISH to Play 5-Week Engagement at Chicago's Oriental Theatre; Opens 4/21
by BWW - Dec 18, 2012

BIG FISH, a new musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Columbia Pictures film written by John August, will star Norbert Leo Butz as Edward Bloom, and have its pre-Broadway world premiere at Chicago's Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph Street) in a limited 5-week engagement beginning performances Tuesday, April 2, 2013, opening Sunday, April 21, 2013, and playing through Sunday, May 5, 2013. Tickets on sale Monday, February 4, 2013. (more...)

FLIPSIDE: THE PATTI PAGE STORY Makes NY Premiere at 59E59 Theaters, Now thru 12/30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2012

59E59 Theaters welcomes Front Page Productions with FLIPSIDE: THE Patti Page STORY, written and directed by Greg White, and featuring 28 of Patti Page's hit songs. FLIPSIDE: THE Patti Page STORY begins performances tonight, December 18 for a limited engagement through Sunday, December 30. Press Opening is Friday, December 21 at 8 PM. (more...)

2012 BWW South Florida Regional Awards - LIVE Update - Lewis, Amadeo and More in the Lead - 12/17!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 17, 2012

Voting is now underway for the South Florida Awards and continues until December 31, 2012. Winners will be announced in early January. Check out the live standings below. (more...)

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company Presents MAN OF LA MANCHA, 12/27-30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2012

Continuing its tradition of bringing Broadway's favorites back to life, SMTC has announced its next production, the classic musical Man of La Mancha, for a special engagement. Performances will take place at the intimate 300-seat Dorrance Auditorium on the beautiful campus at Phoenix Country Day School (3901 E. Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253). This full production of will feature an incredible cast and a full live orchestra, a rarity in town. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 12/16/2012
by BWW - Dec 16, 2012

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/16/2012 for Miami (more...)

Kennedy Center Seeks Nominations for Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards; Deadline Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 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...)

Exclusive InDepth InterView: Jason Alexander Talks Reprise!, LUCKY STIFF, TWO BY TWO, SEINFELD, Sondheim & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 15, 2012

Today we are talking to a Tony Award-winning Broadway and Hollywood notable all about his terrifically theatrical background - having appeared in musicals ranging from his debut in the ill-fated MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG to his Tony Award-winning work in JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY to most recent role as the artistic director of LA's lauded Reprise! Theatre Company - the one and only Jason Alexander. Expounding upon his big Broadway break in Stephen Sondheim & Harold Prince's MERRILY and what it was like to witness the two titans as they developed the piece, Alexander shares his insights into the art of Broadway and also casts a glance back at his roles in Kander & Ebb's THE RINK, Mel Brooks's THE PRODUCERS and directing Sondheim‘s musicals himself (such as SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE with frequent InDepth InterView participant Kelli O‘Hara). Alexander also opens up about some of his most celebrated dramatic and comedic work to date - to say nothing of the iconic TV dynasty of SEINFELD, we also touch upon the TV movie musicals adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL (with a score by Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens), co-starring Kelsey Grammer, and Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, (with fellow InDepth InterView participant Bernadette Peters), as well as his recent appearance on HARRY'S LAW and more. Plus, Alexander outlines his featured role in the forthcoming Christopher Ashley feature film adaptation of the Ahrens & Flaherty musical comedy LUCKY STIFF, the future for a revival of the Richard Rodgers/Martin Charnin Bible-based Moses musical TWO BY TWO (co-starring SMASH's Megan Hilty once again, perhaps?) - and much, much more! (more...)

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, Starring Geoffrey Rush, Will Close January 6 in Melbourne
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2012

The funniest musical comedy to hit the Melbourne stage in decades, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, is now in its final three weeks as it must close on January 6, 2013. (more...)

2012 BWW South Florida Regional Awards - LIVE Update - Vicki Lewis and More in the Lead - 12/10!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 10, 2012

Voting is now underway for the South Florida Awards and continues until December 31, 2012. Winners will be announced in early January. Check out the live standings below! (more...)

Jazz Pianist Hal Schaefer Passes Away at 88
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2012

World-class jazz pianist Hal Schaefer died this past Saturday morning, December 8, at his home in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was 88 years old and still active. (more...)

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