A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Director - Lisa Dascoli
Musical Directior - Michael Wada
Choreographer - Danielle Tyler
WHEN: May 6 –21, Fridays and Saturdays 8 PM; Sundays 2:30 PM
WHERE: Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood
TICKETS: $25; $20 students and seniors
SPECIAL talkback session with Peter Filichia immediately following the 2:30 performance on Sunday, May 8th! Peter Filichia is the former New York-based theater critic for The Newark Star Ledger newspaper in New Jersey and New Jersey's television station News 12
Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is 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, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine—"something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"
Cast: Ann Alfano – Vibrata; Jeff Andrew – Erronius; Kelley Blessing – Protean; Jim Coe – Pseudolus; Elisabeth Erdmann – Tintinabula; Frank Favata – Senex; Scott Manginelli - Miles Gloriosus; Megan McGinley – Panacea; John Mendlovitz – Protean; Josh Miller – Hysterium; Alexandria Pascucci – Gemina; Melissa Pascucci – Gemina; John Rodriguez - Marcus Lycus; Katie Steel – Protean; Danielle Tyler – Gymnasia; Paul White – Hero; ; Nell White – Philia; Michelle Womack - Domina