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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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PLEASE DO NOT POST Single Show Tix On SALE For TheatreZone Season 8 June 1st
by Beau Higgins - May 31, 2012

Four ageless, comedic and thoughtful Broadway musicals selected for 2012-2013 "Hot Seats" season at G&L Theatre Mark Danni, founder and artistic director of TheatreZone, the not-for-profit, Equity professional theatre group in residence at the G&L Theatre in Naples, reports that Season 8 single show tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday, June 1. (more...)

TheatreZone Announces Season 8 Hot Seats Single Tix On SALE June 1st
by Beau Higgins - May 31, 2012

TheatreZone opens Season 8 in December with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Broadway's great farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written -- the perfect escape from life's troubles. With Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, music and lyrics by the legendary Stephen Sondheim, Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom. (more...)

Denis O'Hare to Play The Baker in Public Theater's INTO THE WOODS!
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2012

The Public Theater announced today that Tony Award winner Denis O'Hare has been cast as The Baker in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved musical INTO THE WOODS, directed by Timothy Sheader with co-direction by Liam Steel. INTO THE WOODS will be O'Hare's Shakespeare in the Park debut. Previews begin on Monday, July 23 at the Delacorte Theater and continue for five weeks through Saturday, August 25, with an official press opening on Thursday, August 9. (more...)

BWW Reviews: FORUM Proves A Timely - And Timeless - Season Offering at The Keeton Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 9, 2012

Silly, fun and farcical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a delightful musical theater diversion, certain to entertain and delight. Brought to the stage in a Keeton Theatre production directed by Kate Adams, with music direction by Ginger Newman, the Stephen Sondheim- Burt Shevelove-Larry Gelbart confection packs as much of a laugh-filled wallop in 2012 as it did when it first premiered on Broadway almost 50 years ago, proving that a well-written and conceived show just never grows old. (more...)

Geva Theatre Center Presents COMPANY, 5/9-6/10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2012

Geva Theatre Center's 2011-2012 Wilson Mainstage Season concludes with Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's musical Company, which begins performances on May 9 and runs in the Elaine P. Wilson Mainstage through June 10. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mad Cow Theatre's NEXT TO NORMAL
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2012

Mad Cow Theatre presents Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's NEXT TO NORMAL, opening this weekend, June 8 and running through July 8 in Orlando. Check out production photos below! (more...)

Westfield High School Wins 8 Paper Mill Rising Star Awards; All Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2012

The 2012 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards ceremony took place today, June 5th at the Millburn theater. Schools nominated for Outstanding Overall Musical and Leading Actor/Actress nominees performed at the event and award recipients were presented with an engraved crystal award from Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards partner, Tiffany & Co. (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...)

BECKY'S NEW CAR Plays Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 5/9-6/4
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2012

Actors' Playhouse presents the comedic new adventure Becky's New Car by Steven Dietz, from May 9 - June 3, 2012 at the Miracle Theatre. This fresh, delightful and devious regional premiere play is about life, love, marriage, and the detours we make on our way to happiness. (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...)

Nathan Lane to Join THE GOOD WIFE in Recurring Role
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2012

Digitalspy.com reports that Nathan Lane will join THE GOOD WIFE in a recurring role this fall. CBS confirmed the news in a tweet last evening, June 26th. (more...)

Nathan Lane Coming Back to Broadway in THE NANCE; Jack O'Brien to Direct
by Rialto Chatter - Jun 26, 2012

According to the New York Times, Broadway favorite Nathan Lane will be heading back to Broadway in Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance, a new play about a performer who played the role of the nance in burlesque shows in the early 20th century. Lincoln Center Theater is looking to bring the show to Broadway in spring 2013, with Jack O'Brien attached to direct. (more...)

Aaron Vega, Rebecca Spear, et al. to Lead LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Whitefish Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 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 July 5 - 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...)

Rob Marshall to Make INTO THE WOODS His Next Project at Disney
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2012

Rob Marshall will make INTO THE WOODS his next project at Warner Bros, according to Deadline.com, altering the exisiting production schedule to push the project to the top of the queue. (more...)

CHARIOTS OF FIRE Transfers to West End from Tonight, June 22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2012

Edward Hall's Hampstead Theatre production of Chariots of Fire will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre from tonight, 22 June 2012, following its run at the North London venue. Award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett's new adaptation, inspired by Colin Welland's original screenplay, is now booking in the West End until 10 November 2012. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Broadway Invades HBO's THE NEWSROOM - Aaron Sorkin, Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston & More! Meet The Team!
by Stage Tube - Jun 22, 2012

THE NEWSROOM premieres on HBO this Sunday, June 24th at 10pm and there are plenty of reasons to theatre enthusiasts to tune in - a healthy handful, in fact, if you count the number of major theatrical players involeved with the project. (more...)

Bergen County Players Announce 2012-2013 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2012

Long considered one of America's premier community theater groups, Bergen County Players (BCP) is proud to announce for 2012-13 another ambitious, passionate and playful year of audience-pleasing musicals and innovative plays for its 80th consecutive season. From toe-tapping musicals to hilarious comedies to intense dramas, BCP has garnered a reputation for outstanding quality productions at affordable prices. The new season kicks off with one of the most beloved musicals of all time, The Music Man. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, BCP's 80th season opener will feature a live orchestra and a cast of over 30. (more...)

Steven Pasquale Joins Cast of New York-Bound FAR FROM HEAVEN; Michael Greif to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2012

Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Jenny Gersten announced today the full cast and creative teams for Last of the Red Hot Lovers, which will be presented on the Nikos Stage from July 11 through July 22 (opening July 12), and the Preview Production of Far From Heaven, which will play the Main Stage from July 19 through July 29 (opening July 21). Both shows begin rehearsals today in preparation for their runs at the Festival. (more...)

Terry Martin, Mark Fleischer, René Moreno to Direct WaterTower Theatre's 2012-13 Season Shows
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2012

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the directors for the Company's 2012-2013 Main Stage season at the Addison Theatre Centre. Directing the season opener, The Mystery of Irma Vep (September 28 - October 21, 2012) will be Terry Martin. It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (November 23 - December 16, 2012) will be directed by Mark Fleischer. Black Tie (May 31 - June 23, 2013) will be directed by Rene Moreno. As previously announced, Putting It Together (January 11 - February 3, 2013) and The Grapes of Wrath (April 5-28, 2013), will be directed by Terry Martin. The director for Xanadu (July 26 - August 18, 2013) will be announced at a later date. (more...)

Geoffrey Rush to Headline FORUM in Australia as Pseudolus
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2012

Geoffrey Rush will lead John Frost's production of Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum when it opens in Melbourne Saturday, October 27 at Her Majesty's Theatre. The show will be directed by Simon Phillips and will feature a cast of Australian comedy actors, according to funnything.com.au. (more...)

New Line to Remake Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins' THE LAST OF SHEILA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2012

As first released by The Hollywood Reporter, New Line has announced it is in the process of remaking Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim's film The Last of Sheila with producer Beau Flynn. A writer has yet to be announced. (more...)

Atlanta Lyric Theatre Closes Season with GYPSY, Now thru 7/1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2012

Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents Gypsy tonight, 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...)

RAGTIME's Rosalie Craig to Join FINDING NEVERLAND
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2012

According to the Daily Mail, RAGTIME's Rosalie Craig will join the new stage musical Finding Neverland, about J.M. Barrie's encounter with the Lewelyn Davies family, which inspired him to write Peter Pan. (more...)

MUSIC CITY CONFIDENTIAL: Offstage, Onstage, Backstage and Beyond With Tennessee's Theaterati
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 13, 2012

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the theater once again, we welcome you to the debut installment of Music City Confidential, all the news that's fit to print (or not-depending on your perspective) from Nashville's ever-growing, ever-fascinating (okay, so we obviously don't have enough to occupy ourselves) live theater industry (we're trying that out-does it work? Let us know, theaterati!) Here amid the florid prose and flowery praise, you'll find all the stories that don't quite fit elsewhere, some of 'em kind of gossipy, some of 'em stone-cold serious, some of 'em just lists of names you need to know. You'll also find photos from our new "Intermission@" series, details about the latest cast parties and various and sundry minutiae-the veritable flotsam and jetsam-from backstage, onstage, offstage and beyond… (more...)

Goodman's THE ICEMAN COMETH, Starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, Will Likely Not Take Broadway Bow
by Rialto Chatter - Jun 12, 2012

Producer Scott Rudin, who holds the rights to produce the show on Broadway, has decided not to stage the Goodman Theatre production on the Great White Way. (more...)

Maltz Jupiter Theatre Presents BYE BYE BIRDIE, 6/29 & 30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 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...)

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...)

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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