A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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 - Oct 29, 2019
Pride Films and Plays' Jeff-recommended production of  A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, the Chicago area's first revival in over a decade of the heartwarming musical created by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Terrence McNally, has been extended for one additional week due to popular and critical demand. The musical will now close with the 2:30 pm matinee on Sunday, November 17.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2019
92Y announces Lyrics & Lyricists 2020, the new season of the country's preeminent American Songbook series. L&L features artists from theater and beyonda?"including Andy Einhorn, Matt Kunkel, David Loud, Paul Masse, and Stephen Schwartza?"presenting original revues with award-winning Broadway and cabaret performers.
by Walter McBride - Oct 27, 2019
On October 6, BroadwayWorld was sad to report that Rip Taylor died. Today, we're remembering him by taking a look back into our photo archives.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2019
BroadwayHD is heading into November with a stellar lineup, lead by knock-out performances of theater classics. The all-female production of Donmar Warehouse's Julius Caesar makes its way to the platform on November 7, giving subscribers a stunning twist on a classic play. Dan Goggin's internationally acclaimed musical anthology series, Nunsense and its 6 sequels will be making its exclusive digital streaming premiere on BroadwayHD beginning November 14. Just in time for the 20th Anniversary of its debut on Broadway, Putting It Together starring Tony and Emmy Award winners Carol Burnett and George Hearn as well as Emmy Award nominee Bronson Pinchot brings a heavy dose of humor to the library on November 21. In addition to all of this, the holidays arrive early when beautiful productions of A Christmas Carol, MeshugaNutcracker! and The Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker debut on BroadwayHD on November 26.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2019
Zachary James, bass, will be making his highly anticipated Metropolitan Opera debut on November 8 in the Met premiere of Philip Glass' Akhnaten. Described as a 'true stage animal' by Opera News, James is an international opera singer known for his 'huge, robust bass' which 'resonates with force' (Bach Track), 'tremendous power and presence' (The Arts Desk, London) and 'intrinsically beautiful', 'cavernous bass' with 'oomph and range' (Opera News). Akhnaten, directed by Phelim McDermott, runs November 8 through December 7. On November 23, the production will be part of the Met's 'Live in HD' movie theater transmission series and will be broadcast to cinemas across the world.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2019
Whoopi Goldberg will reprise her starring role as Deloris Van Cartier for the first time on stage with Jennifer Saunders as Mother Superior in a newly adapted production of the smash hit musical SISTER ACT at London's Eventim Apollo from 29 July to 30 August 2020. Tickets on sale now.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2019
The Metropolitan Opera presents the company premiere of Philip Glass's modern masterpiece Akhnaten on November 8, 2019, with performances continuing through December 7.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2019
Dave Lawrence, President & CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County today announced that the 15th season of the popular series CULTURE & COCKTAILS had a sold-out kick-off on November 4 with 180 friends and supporters attending the first of five fascinating conversations at The Colony Hotel Coral Ballroom in Palm Beach.
by Kevin Doheny - Nov 6, 2019
In celebration of her upcoming induction into the National Theater Hall of Fame on November 18th, I sat down with Broadway legend, Donna McKechnie for a spirited, informative, career-spanning chat.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2019
Since it went on sale Sister Act The Musical starring Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Saunders has broken all on sale records for a run at the Eventim Apollo having already sold over 95,000 tickets so far for the five week run. During the first day of on sale, demand was so high that several ticket agent websites crashed!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2019
Sierra Repertory Theatre is celebrating 41 years of continued artistic and entertainment excellence in Tuolumne County. The recently announced 2020 Season of plays and musicals has already seen an influx of Season Subscribers rushing to reserve their tickets. 
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2019
The Walnut Street Theatre continues its 2019-20 Independence Studio on 3 season with O. Henry's classic tale, THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI. Directed by Jesse Bernstein, the production begins previews on November 12, opens November 21, and continues through December 22.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2019
The ribbit-ing return of Ensemble Theatre's first commissioned family-friendly musical, The Frog Princess, leaps to the stage December 4, 2019-January 4, 2020. This musical spin on the beloved classic Russian fairy tale celebrates the beauty within each of us and receives a contemporary twist by local creative team Joseph McDonough (playwright) and David Kisor (composer and lyricist). This year's production is the first time it will have appeared on the ETC stage in twelve years. With an revitalized script, intricate costumes, and a lavish set, The Frog Princess is holiday fun for the entire family! Directed by D. Lynn Meyers.
by BWW - Nov 25, 2019
Voting is NOW OPEN and the first votes are in for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The nominees are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatres and performers are recognized!
by Carol Kassie - Nov 24, 2019
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will run in the Rinker Playhouse from November 23rd through December 8th.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2019
Holiday cheer is in the air, which means Philadelphia families will celebrate the season once more with Charles Dickens' classic tale, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, live on stage. Walnut Street Theatre (WST) for Kids' favorite hour-long musical adaptation of Dickens' classic novel runs from November 30 through December 22. For the first time there will be a special evening performance of the show, offering families one more burst of holiday magic. 
by Carol Kassie - Nov 19, 2019
Get a first look at A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum! The MNM Theatre Company co-presentation with the Kravis Center will run in the Rinker Playhouse from November 23rd through December 8th.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2019
The Saint Sebastian Players (SSP), resident theatre company of St. Bonaventure Oratory, take a trip down memory lane with Studio BE, a children's musical theatre company that has also produced at St. Bonaventure, in a?oeSide by Side by SSP and Studio BE: A Retrospective Musical Fundraiser.a?? Performances take place Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m. (refreshments begin 30 minutes prior to curtain at both performances) in the lower level of St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, Chicago (enter on Marshfield).
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2019
The Walnut Street Theatre continues its 2019-20 Independence Studio on 3 season with O. Henry's classic tale, THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI. Directed by Jesse Bernstein, the production begins previews on November 12, opens November 21, and continues through December 22.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2019
A celebration of the life and legacy of Broadway legend Harold Prince will take place on Monday, December 16, at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street). Beginning at 1:30 PM, the tribute is open to friends, family and the theater community, and will feature tributes and performances from colleagues and loved ones. Doors will open at 1PM. The Majestic is the 31-year home of Mr. Prince's record-breaking production of The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show in Broadway history.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2019
The holiday season is in full swing at the National Philharmonic with a?oeHoliday Singin' Popsa?? on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore. Guest conductor and local Washington talent Luke Frazier will lead the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, as well as Broadway stars and international talents Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera); Hilary Morrow (Birdland Jazz Club); Kevin Rose, international vocalist; and Addalie Burns, an eight-year-old tap dancer, in an evening of holiday hits.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 13, 2019
Today's top stories: Slava's Snowshow officially opens tonight, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2019
PUTTING IT TOGETHER opens at Milnerton Playhouse on Saturday November 30 with a low price preview on Friday 29 November and runs until Saturday December 14. This fast-paced revue devised by Stephen Sondheim and Julia Mackenzie it showcases Sondheim's songs and draws its title from a song from his famous 'Sunday in the Park with George'.
by Stage Tube - Nov 12, 2019
Whoopi Goldberg was a guest on Monday night's episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers to talk about putting her own unique twist on hosting guests and her return to the stage for Sister Act. 
by Carol Kassie - Nov 11, 2019
The cast and crew of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum are deep into rehearsals and preparation for the show's November 23rd opening.  Forum, an MNM Theatre Company co-presentation with the Kravis Center, will run in the venue's Rinker Playhouse through December 8th.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2019
Crown City Theatre Company (William A. Reilly and Gary Lamb, Artistic Directors) has announced a new production of The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, directed and choreographed by Michael J. Marchak. The show will play two preview performances on Friday, November 22, and Saturday, November 23, at 8pm and is set to open on Sunday, November 24, at 3pm. The engagement will run through February 9, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2020
The Muny announced today the directors, choreographers and music directors for its 2020 season, which opens June 15 with Kander and Ebb's internationally-acclaimed Chicago. Among the talented list are a mix of Muny favorites and newcomers. In addition to casting, a comprehensive list of design teams for each production will be released later this spring. Telsey + Company is the official casting partner for Muny.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2020
Walnut Street Theatre (WST) continues its 211th season with Oscar Wilde's classic comedy, A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE. Directed by Walnut Producing Artistic Director Bernard Havard, the production begins previews on January 14, opens January 22, and continues through March 1 on the Walnut's Mainstage.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 2, 2020
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Welcome to 2020! We hope you all had a happy holiday season.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2020
Dave Lawrence, President & CEO of the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County today announced that this season's second CULTURE & COCKTAILS had a sold-out kick-off on January 13 with 180 friends and supporters sharing the fascinating conversation at The Colony Hotel Coral Ballroom in Palm Beach.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2020
Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2020
In 2020, Sierra Stages presents its 12th season of quality local theater in Grass Valley and Nevada City with three diverse offerings: a?oeBlithe Spirita?? by Noël Coward, a?oeSweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Streeta?? by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, and a?oeEscaped Alonea?? by Caryl Churchill.
by Charles Shubow - Jan 14, 2020
Two Broadway stars come to the Gordon Center for Performing Arts at the Rosenblum Owings Mills JCC in Owings Mills on Saturday night January 18, 2020 at 8 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2020
The Magnetic Theatre hosts s Seven Singers Singing: A Musical Revue by Dave Bates, January 31 through February 1, 2020. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the The Magnetic Theatre in the River Arts District.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 1, 2020
Tony Award winner Katrina Lenk - who will star in the gender-blind 2020 Broadway revival of Sondheim's Company - sang Losing My Mind and Could I Leave You from Follies, Alexander Gemignani conducted, and Lonny Price directed. The program also featured selections and suites from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, Assassins, Company, Follies, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2019
Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters will join the New York Philharmonic as host of New Year's Eve: Celebrating Sondheim, December 31, 2019. 'Considered by many to be the premier interpreter of [Sondheim's] work' (The New York Times), she starred in the original productions of the Pulitzer, Tony, Oscar, and Grammy winner's Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods as well as the revivals of his Follies, A Little Night Music, and Gypsy. She appeared in the New York Philharmonic's Sondheim: The Birthday Concert in 2010. Sondheim said of her, 'Bernadette is flawless as far as I'm concerned.'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2019
Dave Lawrence, President & CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County today announced that the 15th season of the popular series CULTURE & COCKTAILS continues next month with another fascinating conversation at The Colony Hotel Coral Ballroom, located at 155 Hammon Avenue in Palm Beach.
by BWW - Dec 23, 2019
There's just one final week to submit votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
Wagnerian vaudeville, parody pastiche, and Bayreuth burlesque await guests at DAS RHINESTONE, an evening of serious singing, sequins, and plenty of WTF operatic moments to get you in or distract you from the holiday spirit. Zachary James, appearing courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera, brings Wagner's diva daddy Wotan to glittering, semi-nude life at this one night only event on December 23 at New York's The Slipper Room (167 Orchard Street).
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
The Belmont Theater District (BTD), Chicago's largest theater district located in the Lakeview West and Lakeview East neighborhoods, celebrates the holidays this November and December. The Belmont Theater District acts as an advocate to create, promote and strengthen the diverse artistic offerings of the Lakeview West and Lakeview East neighborhoods to its residents and visitors.
by BWW - Dec 2, 2019
It's December! Voting is now underway for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatres and performers are recognized. Check out the first set of stats below.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
On Sunday, Nov 24th, an eclectic group gathered to pay homage with laughter to the memory of The Prince or Pandemonium, The Master of Mayhem, The Crying Comedian, The King of Camp and Confetti, Star of Screen (large and small), Broadway & Vegas Stage ... RIP TAYLOR
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
The ribbit-ing return of Ensemble Theatre's first commissioned family-friendly musical, The Frog Princess, leaps to the stage December 4, 2019-January 4, 2020. This musical spin on the beloved classic Russian fairy tale celebrates the beauty within each of us and receives a contemporary twist by local creative team Joseph McDonough (playwright) and David Kisor (composer and lyricist). This year's production is the first time it will have appeared on the ETC stage in twelve years. With a revitalized script, intricate costumes, and a lavish set, The Frog Princess is holiday fun for the entire family! Directed by D. Lynn Meyers.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2019
Spend an intimate afternoon with DMMO favorite and Broadway star, bass Zachary James. Enjoy this critically acclaimed one-man show, which combines tales from his time in the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific at the Lincoln Center, his portrayal of 'Lurch' in the original cast of The Addams Family, as well as performances of the greatest hits from Oklahoma, Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Pajama Game, On The Town, Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, The Fantasticks, Camelot, and Most Happy Fella.
by Neil Shurley - Dec 18, 2019
'I think anyone who loves to laugh, loves to love, and loves a little rock n roll will fall in love with HEDWIG.'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2019
East West Players (EWP), the nation's longest-running professional theater of color and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, is proud to announce the cast and creative team for Spring 2020 production of the award-winning Broadway musical Assassins. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by John Weidman, Assassins will be directed by East West Players' Producing Artistic Director Snehal Desai, with musical direction by Marc Macalintal. Assassins begins performances on March 12th and runs through April 5th, 2020, with opening night on March 19, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2019
Performance Now Theatre Company presents a?oeA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' January 10 through January 26 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway in Lakewood.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2019
Broadway's original Annie, Andrea McArdle will reunite with members of the original Broadway at TV cast in THE 1977 ANNIE CHRISTMAS SHOW TV SPECIAL: LIVE! In Concert, honoring the show's Tony Award winning creator, Martin Charnin, to benefit The Actors Fund. There will be one performance only, at 9:30 on Monday, December 16th, at The Cutting Room. The 1977 Best Musical and TV iconic TV both special feature lyrics by Martin Charnin, music by Charles Strouse, and book by Thomas Meehan.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2019
Crown City Theatre Company (William A. Reilly and Gary Lamb, Artistic Directors) has announced a new production of The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, directed and choreographed by Michael J. Marchak opening on Sunday, November 24, at 3pm. The engagement will run through February 9, 2020.
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