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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - 1963 - West End Tickets, News, Info & More

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 Stephi Wild - May 5, 2022
Concerto di Primavera features Italian-American music with Ervin Dede, violin soloist, Soprano Holly Flack, and Tenor Arthur Lai and guest performers Al Lambert and Tatiana Santos Mroczek accompanied by the Richmond County Orchestra's 60-piece orchestra directed by Maestro Alan Aurelia. Both Flack and Lai have performed together at Lincoln Center.
by Stephi Wild - May 2, 2022
MOSSO, the Musicians of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, have announced details of their upcoming summer concerts at Symphony Hall. MOSSO will celebrate the music of Stephen Sondheim and John Williams. These concerts mark the first time in almost twenty years that the musicians of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra have performed summer concerts in Springfield.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 16, 2022
SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE will be directed and choreographed by Broadway’s Stephanie Pope Lofgren who was an original cast member of London’s West End production.  SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE plays from Tuesday, June 7 thru Sunday, June 19, 2022.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 8, 2022
Frank Ferrante's Groucho, the filmed version of the long-running stage comedy An Evening With Groucho, starring Frank Ferrante, will debut nationally on public television beginning April 1, 2022 with airings including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis and more.
by Gil Kaan - Mar 7, 2022
East West Players has resumed LIVE performances with Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins (already opened). East West Players’ producing artistic director Snehal Desai directs the cast which includes Trance Thompson, Gedde Watanabe, Adam Kaokept, Joan Almedilla, Max Torrez, Christopher Chen, George Xavier, Astoncia Bhagat, Arvin Lee, Aric Martin, Kym Miller, Andrea Somera, Jalen Lum, Michael Cavinder and Maya Nahree McGowan. I had the chance to toss a few questions to Gedde, this enduring, steadily working actor, about his long relationship with East West and his various other acting gigs.
by Kristen Morale - Mar 4, 2022
Directed by Stephanie Scuderi, Marry Me a Little is Limelight Theatre Company’s next venture in bringing more inclusive and affordable performing arts to the greater NYC area.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 31, 2022
The Muny announced today that Sarah Bowden, J. Harrison Ghee, Emily Skinner, James T. Lane, Adam Heller and Ali Ewoldt will return to star in the acclaimed 2021 production of Chicago, June 13 -19, 2022.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2022
New York City Center President & CEO Arlene Shuler announced today that Encores! Music Director Rob Berman will step down following the 2022 Encores! season at New  York City Center. 
by Stephi Wild - Mar 3, 2022
Zoetic Stage and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County will present SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, a riveting celebration of the work of legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Playing from March 17 through April 10 in the Arsht Center's intimate Carnival Studio Theater, SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM is a perfect introduction to the work of a contemporary master and a must for die-hard fans.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 3, 2022
This May 3, stars of the West End will gather to salute the legacy of the legendary Stephen Sondheim at a gala performance titled, Old Friends.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 25, 2022
Announced today is the complete cast and creative team for the world premiere of Here There Be Dragons – A New Musical Quest, inspired by the classic tabletop fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 24, 2022
A special tribute to Stephen Sondheim will take place during this year's Grammy Awards, Variety reports. Sung by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt and Rachel Zegler, the performance will be part of the show's traditional In Memoriam segment, which honors those we have lost in the past year.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 23, 2022
The cast is comprised of established Broadway artists and local rising stars. Part of the Virginia Arts Festival's 25th Anniversary Season, the new production is led by Conductor Rob Fisher, the Festival's Artistic Advisor of Musical Theater & American Songbook and Stage Director Matt Kunkel.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 22, 2022
The Virginia Arts Festival has announced the complete cast for The Sound of Music, co-produced by the Festival and the Virginia Opera May 13-15 at the Harrison Opera House.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 22, 2022
Today, BroadwayWorld is remembering Stephen Sondheim, and celebrating Andrew Lloyd Webber, both of whom share March 22nd as their birthday!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 2, 2022
Last night's episode of Jeopardy featured a category called 'Remembering Stephen Sondheim', featuring clues about some of the legendary composer's most notable work.
by Jerri Shafer - Mar 18, 2022
In this conceptual revue featuring more than two dozen Sondheim songs, the musical numbers are punctuated with interview footage of the composer, providing an intimate view of Stephen Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process. Far from the typical song cycle, the incomparable James Lapine brilliantly curated a collection of songs that have been masterfully arranged by David Loud from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Saturday Night, West Side Story, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Passion, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Bounce, Assassins, Gypsy, Anyone Can Whistle. Performances run March 17 thru March 27, 2022. Gallery Players, 1125 College Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209. Please visit http://columbusjcc.org/cultural-arts/gallery-players/ to get specific showtimes and purchase tickets.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 17, 2022
This May 3, stars of the West End will gather to salute the legacy of the legendary Stephen Sondheim at a gala performance titled, Old Friends.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 15, 2022
 Museum of the Moving Image has announced See It Big: Sondheim, a ten-film series devoted to the celebrated composer, lyricist, author, artist, and all-around innovator Stephen Sondheim. When Sondheim died last November, he didn’t just leave behind an extraordinary corpus of work—he had exited a world that his art had forever changed.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 15, 2022
San Diego Opera's 2021 2022 will close with the West Coast Premiere of Aging Magician a hybrid opera/theatre piece that combines singing, choral work, puppetry, and performance art to create an incredibly unique theatrical experience.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 15, 2022
Paradise Square begins previews on Broadway tonight, March 15, 2022, ahead of an opening night on April 3 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Learn more about the cast bringing this musical to life on stage here!
by Stephen Mosher - Mar 12, 2022
Arranger and conductor Pablo Rossil turns his attention to the jazzing up of Mr. Sondheim's canon
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 10, 2022
On Monday, March 21 (5:30PM), the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center will continue its The Creative Process with a special Interview with Harold Prince and Stephen Sondheim.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 1, 2022
Phoenix Productions, the community theater arm of the Count Basie Center for the Arts, will present Putting It Together, a musical revue showcasing the music of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at The Vogel, the new performance venue located at the Basie Center in Red Bank.
by Michael Major - Jan 30, 2022
The new series features appearances by Audra McDonald, Denée Benton, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Kelli O'Hara, Carrie Coon, Claybourne Elder, Donna Murphy, Katie Finneran, Debra Monk, Taylor Richardson, Douglas Sills, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Patrick Page, Michael Cerveris, and more. Continue to check back for more updates as new episodes premiere!
by Stephi Wild - Jan 25, 2022
A star-studded line up of some of Australia's most loved performers including Anton Berezin, Rhonda Burchmore, Fiona Choi, Peter Coleman-Wright, Amy Lehpamer, Ainsley Melham, Anna O'Byrne and Josh Piterman will celebrate the life of virtuoso Stephen Sondheim in the Australian tour of the Tony Award-nominated Sondheim on Sondheim.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 20, 2022
City Theatre Austin presents a special one-weekend performance event honoring Stephen Sondheim - the giant, the genius, who revolutionized musical theatre as its most influential writer and composer.
by Kay Kudukis - Feb 24, 2022
Winners of the 1974 Eurovision with their song Waterloo, ABBA had a flurry of catchy tunes that dominated the pop charts for 12 years. In 1992, Abba released their album Gold, which has sold over 30 million copies and is one of the best-selling albums worldwide.
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 23, 2022
For one show only, Frank Ferrante will perform his acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in Frank Ferrante's Groucho.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 22, 2022
The Wallace Theater has announced the cast of Ken Ludwig's 'Shakespeare in Hollywood', coming April 6 -10 at the LHUCA Firehouse Theater.
by Michael Major - Feb 22, 2022
In an exclusive clip from tonight's episode of Finding Your Roots on PBS, Nathan Lane discusses the process of how he decided to change his name, choosing between the first names of two of his previous roles, Benjamin Franklin in 1776 or Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. Leslie Odom Jr. will also appear on the new episode.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 2, 2022
The Library of Congress has released hours of previously unseen interviews with late composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim discusses Into the Woods, Assassins,  Sunday in the Park With George, Sweeney Todd and more. 
by Team BWW - Feb 19, 2022
Just last week, The Music Man marched back to Broadway- the latest revival of a show from musical theatre's most glorious time- the Golden Age. What was the Golden Age all about? Study up!
by Michael Major - Feb 18, 2022
On a new episode of PBS' Finding Your Roots, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will accompany Leslie Odom, Jr. and Nathan Lane as they meet a cast of inspiring ancestors hidden in the branches of their family trees. Now in its eight season, the series helps today’s leading artists, politicians, performers and more discover their ancestors' stories.
by Michael Major - Feb 17, 2022
A24 has greenlit a new movie musical, F*cking Identical Twins, set to star Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, Megan Thee Stallion, and Bowen Yang. Comedians Aaron Jackson and Josh Sharp will adapt the new film, based on The Parent Trap, from their two-man stage show. The two will also star in the film as the eponymous twins.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 17, 2022
New Rochelle, New York - Tickets are on sale for Limelight Theatre Company's live performances of Stephen Sondheim's musical revue MARRY ME A LITTLE In Concert, featuring the professional vocal prowess of Joshua Shea Coates and Sarah Milnamow at the Ossie Davis Theater in New Rochelle on February 27th at 3PM & 7PM.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 16, 2022
The Muny announced today the directors, choreographers and music directors for The Muny’s 2022 season, which opens on June 13 with the celebrated return of the 2021 hit that audiences went “Whoopee!” for, the Tony Award-winning Chicago.
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 15, 2022
PEN America today announces the presenters introducing the 2022 Literary Awards' three career achievement honorees, and the performers who will take the stage at New York City's Town Hall (123 W. 43rd St.) for the momentous celebration of this year's most resonant literature, held on February 28 as an in-person event hosted by Emmy Award-winning late night host Seth Meyers.
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 8, 2022
Award-winning actor/director Frank Ferrante re-creates his acclaimed New York and London stage portrayal celebrating America's greatest comedian - Groucho Marx.  You will feel as though Groucho is back, as Ferrante sings, dances and performs classic routines on the North Coast Rep stage, May 2nd & 3rd, 2022 at 7:30pm.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 6, 2022
MOSSO, the Musicians of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, have announced a summer concert series of three programs, two in Springfield Symphony Hall, and the third, an outdoor brass quintet program in Forest Park.
by Michael Major - Apr 4, 2022
Cynthia Erivo, Rachel Zegler, Ben Platt, and Leslie Odom Jr. took to the stage at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards to sing the music of Stephen Sondheim for the In Memoriam. The medley performance included 'Not a Day Goes By,' 'Send in the Clowns,' and 'Somewhere.' Watch the complete performance now!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 27, 2022
Prospect Theater Company announced today that its annual Spring Gala will feature performances and special appearances by Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award winner André De Shields; Ali Ewoldt (The Phantom of the Opera); Drama Desk Award winner Gretchen Cryer; Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Nick Corley and more.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 26, 2022
Tickets are on sale for the Stephen Sondheim musical revue, Sondheim by Sondheim, presented by Ophelia's Jump celebrating the art and life of the Father of the Modern American Musical.
by Maggie Yates - Apr 25, 2022
The main character is a musical theater writer named Jonathan who's trying to get his foot in the door in the New York theater scene. He's turning 30, his friends are moving up in their careers, and he's learning to manage expectations and reality in his life's endeavors.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 20, 2022
Lyric Stage will present A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in concert May 12-15, 2022 at Dallas' historic Majestic Theatre.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 19, 2022
Thom Pain (based on nothing), a play by Will Eno, has been announced for the 2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Directed by Bryan Keith and performed by Johnny Patrick Yoder, there will be five performances only at the Broadwater Second Stage: Sunday 6/5 at 5:30pm (preview); Saturday 6/11 at 7:30pm; Thursday 6/16 at 8pm; Wednesday 6/22 at 5pm; and Saturday 6/25 at 12:30pm. Running time is 70 minutes.
by Kay Kudukis - Apr 19, 2022
Ah, the old musicals, when PC didn't exist and, as the Cole Porter song says, Anything Goes. And so it went with the final production (with presenting partner The City of Rancho Mirage) of Desert Theatrical's 2021/2022 season A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, a tale about a slave named Pseudolus (Gilmore Rizzo) trying to win his freedom by helping his young master Hero (Matthew Tucker) be with the young woman he loves, Philia (Emily Unnasch), who he has only seen through the window of the brothel next door. Yes, she is a courtesan, but she's a virgin (of course she is).
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 18, 2022
The Prince Fellowship, in association with Columbia University School of the Arts, announces that  applications are now open for the 2022 Fellowship program.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 14, 2022
Porchlight Music Theatre has announced the current roster of music theatre and cabaret talent performing in this year’s annual Chicago Sings fundraising concert, Chicago Sings Stephen Sondheim, Monday, May 23, at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 12, 2022
Broadway hits are back at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre this upcoming 2022/2023 season.  With a brand new facility built to entertain and inspire, this new season of shows will be nothing short of phenomenal!