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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.



Hal Prince to Chat, Sign New Memoir SENSE OF OCCASION at The Drama Book Shop
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

The Drama Book Shop will welcome legendary producer and director Harold Prince to celebrate the publication of his new memoir, Sense of Occasion, on Tuesday, September 12th at 4:00pm. (more...)

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Opens at Walnut Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Walnut Street Theatre opens its landmark 209th season with the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Directed by, and starring, Frank Ferrante, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, this production begins previews on September 5th, opens on September 13th and runs through October 22nd on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

Actors Co-op Theatre Company Opens its 26th Season with THE 39 STEPS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Actors Co-0p Theatre Company (Ovation Award-Winner 2014 Best Intimate Theatre Musical for 110 in the Shade) presents the first show in its 26th Season with THE 39 STEPS, adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan and film by Alfred Hitchcock, directed by Kevin Chesley, produced by Jorie Janeway. THE 39 STEPS will preview on Thursday, September 21 at 8pm and will open Friday, September 22 at 8pm and run through Sunday, October 29 at the Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. 90028 (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood. (more...)

Michael Crawford to Help Celebrities Master Musical Talents on ITV This Christmas
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

West End legend Michael Crawford will guide seven well known celebrities through an all singing, all dancing musical theatre extravaganza, coming to ITV this Christmas. (more...)

Nancy Anderson and Eddie Korbich Join THE PAJAMA GAME at Arena Stage; Full Company Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the complete company for The Pajama Game directed by Alan Paul in his Arena Stage debut, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, and book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell. (more...)

Photo Flash: BILLY ELLIOT Dances Into Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

 Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the first mainstage production it its 2017 - 2018 season Billy Elliot the Musical, music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, with direction and choreography by Porchilght Artistic Associate Brenda Didier, with Associate Choreographer Craig V. Miller and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Linda Madonia at Porchlght's new home, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Previews are Friday, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Opening night is Sunday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. The regular run performance schedule is Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. (October 22, October 29 and November 5) and at 2 p.m. (November 12 and 19) with an open captioned performance, Saturday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. and a weekday matinee Thursday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m. Please note: there is no 7:30 p.m. performance Thursday, Nov. 16. Tickets are $33 - $60 and available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre  box office, 773.777.9884. (more...)

Photo Flash: Geva's 45th Season Begins with IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Geva Theatre Center presents In the Heights, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Melissa Rain Anderson in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from September 5 through October 8. (more...)

Court Theatre Extends Smash-Hit FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017

Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Stephen J. Albert, Executive Director, announces the extension of Five Guys Named Moe by Clarke Peters, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson, Music Director Abdul Hamid Royal and Associate Director Felicia P. Fields. Five Guys Named Moe, which features Louis Jordan's greatest hits, now runs through October 15, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets to extension performances of Five Guys Named Moe are on sale and available by calling the box office at (773) 753-4472 or www.CourtTheatre.org. (more...)

Hannah Yelland, Bruce Dow, Antoinette Robinson, and More to Star in Shakespeare Theatre Company's TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2017

Continuing its 2017 2018 Season, Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) presents Twelfth Night. Directed by internationally acclaimed director Ethan McSweeny and featuring Antoinette Robinson (previously announced) as Viola and Tony Award-nominee Hannah Yelland as Olivia, Shakespeare's comic tale of unrequited love will run at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) from November 14 December 20, 2017. (more...)

Carole Demas and Sarah Rice to Celebrate Jones & Schmidt with THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE at the Beechman
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2017

Broadway veterans Carole Demas, who originated the role of Sandy in Grease, and Sarah Rice, who originated the role of Johanna in Sweeney Todd, have teamed up to celebrate the music of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, composers of THE FANTASTICKS, 110 IN THE SHADE, and I DO! I DO! and more. Demas and Rice have based their show on their 50 years of work and personal relationships with Jones and Schmidt. (more...)

American Lyric Theater to Introduce THE NEW CREW with Special Salon
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

American Lyric Theater presents The New Crew, a salon including performances by and discussions with American Lyric Theater's newest Resident Artists in the Composer Librettist Development Program: composers Shuying Li, Andy Teirstein, and Liliya Ugay; librettists Lorene Cary, Julian Crouch, and Lila Palmer; and dramaturg Antigoni Gaitana. (more...)

WAISTWATCHERS THE MUSICAL Returns to Sacramento, 10/18-11/19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

After last summer's successful runs in Sacramento, Walnut Creek, and San Jose, Alan Jacobson's WaistWatchers The Musical! returns to the 24th Street Theatre in Sacramento October 18-November 19, 2017. (more...)

Matt Doyle and Ali Ewoldt to Perform with New York Pops in Season Opener
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

On October 27, 2017 at 8:00PM, The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, will open its 35th season at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, with a concert celebrating the centennial of the birth of the orchestra's founder, Skitch Henderson (1918-2018). (more...)


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BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
by Pati Buehler - Sep 17, 2017

Some of Philly's funniest actors directed by the king of farce Frank Ferrante and you've got a show that never ceases even for Caesar. (more...)

Break Out Your Toga! FORUM Returns to Burbank Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2017

The Tony Award-winning musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum hits the Garry Marshall Theatre stage, following Ovation Recommended play Master Class. (more...)

Edward Watts to Go Green in 'THE GRINCH' at The Old Globe; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe's 20th annual production of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!* The holiday musical will run November 4 - December 24 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. (more...)

Porchlight Revisits to Return with Meghan Murphy & Brandon Dahlquist in WOMAN OF THE YEAR
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced the first production in the fifth season of Chicago's lost musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Woman of the Year, starring Meghan Murphy and Brandon Dahlquist, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Peter Stone, with direction by Porchlight's Artistic Director Michael Weber, choreography by Florence Walker Harris and musical direction by David Fiorello. (more...)

BroadHollow Theatre Company to Present A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2017

BroadHollow Theatre Company presents Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, running February 10, 2018 - February 25, 2018 at The Bayway Arts Center, 265 East Main Street, East Islip. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - October 3, 2017
by - Oct 3, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on October 3 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

JAZZ NIGHT! to Kick Off Hoff-Barthelson Music School's Faculty Concert Series
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

Members of Hoff-Barthelson Music School's Jazz Department take the stage to kick off the 2017-2018 Faculty Concert Series on Friday, October 27, 2017, at 7:30 pm with Jazz Night! An evening of improvisations and jazz standards. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Lyric Hammersmith's Christmas Panto JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2017

The Lyric Hammersmith announces the full casting for its Christmas panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, co-directed by Artistic Director, Sean Holmes and Jude Christian, an Artistic Associate of the Lyric. (more...)

Walnut Street Theatre Continues 209th Season with ANNIE Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2017

Walnut Street Theatre continues its 209th Anniversary Season with ANNIE, (November 7 January 7). This Tony Award-winning Best Musical is a perfect family treat for the holiday season. (more...)

American Production Of Enda Walsh's MISTERMAN To Wrap Up Ireland And Northern Ireland Tour
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2017

American Production of Enda Walsh's Misterman to Wrap up Ireland and Northern Ireland Tour at Theatre at the Mill in Newtownabbey. (more...)

Lenny Wolpe and Matt Gibson to Star in Goodspeed's New Musical A CONNECTICUT CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

A family classic has been given a fresh twist in Connecticut's own A Connecticut Christmas Carol by LJ Fecho and Michael O'Flaherty. Goodspeed Musicals continues its commitment to fresh, innovative works with this new musical infused with Connecticut flavor. A Connecticut Christmas Carol will run November 17 December 24, 2017 at The Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn. (more...)

Genius x2: Lin-Manuel Miranda Chats with Stephen Sondheim About Inspiration, Collaboration & More!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2017

In a recent interview with T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Lin-Manuel Miranda meets with Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim to chat about their work. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - October 13, 2017
by - Oct 13, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on October 13 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Firebrand Theatre Announces Inaugural Production LIZZIE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2017

Firebrand Theatre, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage, is pleased to present its inaugural production, the Chicago premiere of LIZZIE, the rock musical based on the true-life story of accused axe-murderess Lizzie Borden. (more...)

Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Earl Jones to Knock the Ball Out of the Park for Roundabout's DAMN YANKEES Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company has just announced a special Benefit Concert Reading of Damn Yankees, the Tony award-winning musical comedy by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. (more...)

Heads to Roll This Weekend at GAME OF THRONES Rock Musical Parody Opening
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2017

After a sold-out run in San Diego Theater Is Coming, (producers of Lost: The Musical and the critically acclaimed Once Upon a Time: The Rock Opera), has announced that it will present the New York premiere of Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical - An Unauthorized Parody, an uproarious musical comedy parody of HBO's tentpole drama series. (more...)

Bobby Conte Thornton Will Depart A BRONX TALE Later This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2017

Calogero out! Original star of A Bronx Tale, Bobby Conte-Thornton has just announced that he will depart the production later this fall. A replacement for Conte-Thornton has not yet been announced. (more...)

Norm Lewis, Laura Linney, Marin Mazzie & More Will Honor Harold Prince at MTC's Fall Gala
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2017

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director and Barry Grove, Executive Producer) will present its 2017 Fall Benefit, honoring 21-time Tony Award winner Harold Prince, on Monday evening, October 23 at 583 Park Avenue (63rd Street and Park Avenue). (more...)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, A HOLIDAY WHO DUNNIT? and More Set for Way Off Broadway's 2017 Holiday Line-Up
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2017

2017 has been a very busy year for The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, the area's only year-round producing theatre, which has become known for not only its presentations of classic musicals but its area and regional premiere's of hit Broadway shows as well. While its production of the hit musical comedy Sister Act is still in performances, the theatre is gearing up for a fun filled holiday season. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces PORCHLIGHT REVISITS...WOMAN OF THE YEAR
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce the first production in the fifth season of Chicago's lost musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Woman of the Year, starring Meghan Murphy and Brandon Dahlquist, music by John Kander, lyrics byFred Ebb and book by Peter Stone, with direction by Porchlight's Artistic Director Michael Weber, choreography by Florence Walker Harris and musical direction by David Fiorello. (more...)

Actors Co-Op Theatre Company Kicks Off 26th Season with THE 39 STEPS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2017

Actors Co-Op Theatre Company (Ovation Award-Winner 2014 Best Intimate Theatre Musical for 110 in the Shade) presents the first show in its 26th Season with THE 39 STEPS. (more...)

Bristol Riverside Theatre Opens its Mainstage Season with the THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2017

 Bristol Riverside Theatre spells F-U-N when it opens its Mainstage season with the multiple Tony Award-winner The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, and conceived by Rebecca Feldman, running September 19-October 15.  Directed by Amy Kaissar, the ensemble cast features Will Carlyon, Andrew Coleman, Leigha Kato, Kathryn McCreary, Joshua Morgan, Robert Smythe, Phebe Taylor, T.J. Wagner, and Brooke Wetterhahn. (more...)

BWW Review: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at ENCORE THEATRE Thru Aug 27
by Anton Anderssen - Aug 26, 2017

Now on stage at the Encore Theatre is the musical '9 to 5.' I'd love to invite you to enjoy seeing this show, but due to its overwhelming popularity, it's completely sold out. The only possible way to get tickets is if there are cancellations. This is a smash hit for Encore Theatre, and of course, everything they do is performed to perfection. You are best off buying a season ticket so you can always see their shows. (more...)

State Theatre to Welcome Nathan Lane Live with a Screening of THE BIRDCAGE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2017

He has dazzled audiences of theater, television and film for decades. Now, the incomparable Nathan Lane will be live on stage for an evening of conversation and Q&A Sunday, October 22 at the State Theatre. (more...)

THE LOVER and THE COLLECTION Double Bill Set for Shakespeare Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2017

Building on the critical success of his 2011 production of Harold Pinter's Old Times, STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn will return to the British playwright's gripping realm of doubt and disquiet to direct a double bill of short plays. The Lover and The Collection will run from September 26-October 29 at the Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th Street NW). (more...)

LIZZIE Rock Musical to Make Chicago Premiere as Firebrand's Inaugural Show
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2017

Firebrand Theatre, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage, is pleased to present its inaugural production, the Chicago premiere of LIZZIE, the rock musical based on the true-life story of accused axe-murderess Lizzie Borden.  (more...)

Seven Artists Selected for the 10th Anniversary of American Lyric Theater's Composer Librettist Development Program
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Lawrence Edelson, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater (ALT), announced today that three composers, three librettists, and one dramaturg have been selected as Resident Artists to participate in the tenth anniversary season of the company's nationally acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP). The artists selected for this prestigious residency and training program are composers Shuying Li, Andy Tierstein, and Liliya Ugay; librettists Lorene Cary, Julian Crouch, and Lila Palmer; and dramaturg Antigoni Gaitana. (more...)

American Lyric Theater Announces 10th Anniversary CLDP Resident Artists
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Lawrence Edelson, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater (ALT), announced today that three composers, three librettists, and one dramaturg have been selected as Resident Artists to participate in the tenth anniversary season of the company's nationally acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP). The artists selected for this prestigious residency and training program are composers Shuying Li, Andy Tierstein, and Liliya Ugay; librettists Lorene Cary, Julian Crouch, and Lila Palmer; and dramaturg Antigoni Gaitana. (more...)

Announcing Way Off Broadway's 2018 Mainstage Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

2018 will mark a year of change for The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, the area's only year-round producing theatre, which has become known for not only its presentations of classic musicals but its area and regional premiere's of hit Broadway shows as well.               (more...)

A FUNNY THING...FORUM Opens the Walnut's 209th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

Walnut Street Theatre opens its landmark 209th season with the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Directed by, and starring, Frank Ferrante, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, this production begins previews on September 5th, opens on September 13th and runs through October 22nd on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

BWW Interview: Will Shupe of BILLY ELLIOT at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
by Cary Ginell - Aug 20, 2017

Versatile actor Will Shupe moonlights as a set designer. Some of his secrets are revealed in this fascinating interview. (more...)

Geva Theatre Center's 45th Season Opens with IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Geva Theatre Center presents In the Heights, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Melissa Rain Anderson in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from September 5 through October 8. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sondheim's Riotously Funny FORUM Opens at the Croswell
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

The Croswell Opera House's production of Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opened to an appreciative crowd on August 11. Scroll down for a first look at the show. (more...)

Stephen Sondheim to Visit National Theatre Ahead of FOLLIES Production Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Ahead of the NT's dazzling new production of Follies, multi-award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim talks to Jeremy Sams about his legendary musical on Tuesday 22 August, 6pm at Dorfman Theatre. (more...)

Michael McGrath, Michael Mastro, Leslie Kritzer and Laura Bell Bundy to Headline THE HONEYMOONERS at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, by special arrangement with Jeffrey Finn, has announced casting for the world-premiere production of the new musical comedy The Honeymooners, based on the CBS television series, with book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss, music by Stephen Weiner, and lyrics by Peter Mills. (more...)

Court Theatre presents FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Stephen J. Albert, Executive Director, opens its 2017-2018 season with Five Guys Named Moe by Clarke Peters, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson, Music Director Abdul Hamid Royal and Associate Director Felicia P. Fields. Five Guys Named Moe, which features Louis Jordan's greatest hits, runs September 7 - October 8, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. The press opening is September 16, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

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