A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
by Austin Playhouse
May. 23 - Jun. 29, 2008
Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight! Forum’s joyous, musical romp through Rome has desperate lovers, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is considered to be one of the best musicals ever written for the Broadway stage. Funny, fast-paced, witty, irreverent, it takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from the time-tested, 2000 year old humor of Roman playwrights with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. A non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. This unforgettable musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, and allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine –”something for everyone, a comedy tonight!”
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