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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

by Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum




The first musical Sondheim wrote both music and lyrics for, inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus.


Story:

Pseudolus, the laziest slave in Rome, has but one wish - to purchase his freedom. When he finds out that the young master has fallen in love with a virgin in the house of Lycus, he concocts a deal whereby he will be freed if he can procure the girl for Hero.


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Composer

Composer and Lyricist
Stephen Sondheim

Librettist

Librettist
Larry Gelbart

Librettist

Librettist
Burt Shevelove



  • Premiere
  • 1972
  • 1996
  • 1966 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Alvin Theatre, Mark Hellinger Theatre, Majestic Theatre
Opening Night
May 8, 1962
Total Performances
964
Original Cast
Zero Mostel, David Burns, John Carradine, Brian Davies, Jack Gilford, Ron Holgate, Ruth Kobart, Preshy Marker, Raymond Walburn, Judy Alexander, Lucienne Bridou, David Evans, Lisa James, Roberta Keith, Gloria Kristy, Eddie Phillips, George Reeder, Myrna White
Director
Jerry Zaks
Choreographer
Rob Marshall
Musical Director
Harold Hastings
Orchestrations
Irwin Kostal and Sid Ramin
Scenic Design
Tony Walton
Costume Design
Tony Walton
Lighting Design
Jean Rosenthal

1972 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Opening Night
Mar 30, 1972
Total Performances
156
Original Cast
Phil Silvers, Carl Ballantine, Larry Blyden, Pamela Hall, John Hansen, Carl Lindstrom, Lew Parker, Lizabeth Pritchett
Director
Burt Shevelove
Choreographer
Ralph Beaumont
Musical Director
Milton Rosenstock
Orchestrations
Irwin Kostal and Sid Ramin
Scenic Design
James Trittipo
Costume Design
Noel Taylor
Lighting Design
H. R. Poindexter

1996 Broadway Revival

Theatre
St. James Theatre
Opening Night
Apr 18, 1996
Total Performances
715
Original Cast
Nathan Lane, Jessica Boevers, William Duell, Cris Groenendaal, Mark Linn-Baker, Ernie Sabella, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jim Stanek, Mary Testa
Director
Jerry Zaks
Choreographer
Rob Marshall
Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick
Scenic Design
Tony Walton
Costume Design
Tony Walton
Lighting Design
Paul Gallo

1966 Film Version

Movie Name
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Type
Non-Musical, Hollywood Musical, Animated, Filmed Live on Stage, Made for TV Musical, Live Musical Telecast
Director
Richard Lester
Screenplay
Melvin Frank, Michael Pertwee
Starring
Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford, Jack Gilford, Annette Andre, Michael Hordern





CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
Broadway Revival Cast Album


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD

Blu-Ray
Original Hollywood Version Blu-Ray


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1963 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Author of a Musical
Best Actor in a Musical - Zero Mostel
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - David Burns
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Producer of a Musical
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Jack Gilford
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Ruth Kobart

1972 Tony Award Nominations

Best Actor in a Musical - Phil Silvers
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Larry Blyden
Best Direction of a Musical

1996 Tony Award Nominations

Best Actor in a Musical - Nathan Lane
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Lewis J. Stadlen
Best Direction of a Musical

1996 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Nathan Lane Outstanding Musical Revival

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