Thursday, June 22, 2017



A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

WHEN: Friday, June 30th, through Sunday, July 16th; Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Black River Playhouse, the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue, Chester
TICKETS: $25.00 with a discounted price of $22.00 for seniors over 65 and students under 18.
Tickets may be purchased online at

Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone: a comedy tonight! is the promise of Broadway’s most loved musical farce. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is the story of Pseudolus, a Roman slave who attempts to win his freedom by helping his master woo the pretty girl next door. But the road to romance is never smooth, as our crafty hero dodges a riotous succession of stunning surprises, mistaken identities, wild chases, bawdy humor, and zany characters—all in the pursuit of love and freedom! A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum may be a 50 year-old musical based on 2000 year-old plays, but it remains a breath of fresh comic air, perfect for a summer evening! (Above: Jim Clancy and Dale Monroe. Photo by Steve Catron)

This fast-paced, witty and irreverent romp features infectious tunes and laugh out loud lyrics by musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim, with a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, creator of the hit TV show M.A.S.H. The original production of Forum won several Tony Awards and has enjoyed two Broadway revivals. Every actor who has opened in the role of Pseudolus on Broadway (Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, and Nathan Lane) won a Best Leading Actor Tony Award for his performance. (Left: Dale Monroe, Lauren Layfield, Sam Mullaney and Jim Clancy)

The cast of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum includes Lenny Klein as Erronius; Thomas Courtright as Miles Gloriosus; Sam Mullaney as Hero; Cassandra Lindeblad as Vibrata; Lauren Santarelli as Panacea; Kristina Meier as Tintinabula; Lauren Layfield as Philia; Arlene Knight as Geminae; Sky Spiegel Monroe as Gymnasia; Will Roper, Rory Hoban and Bob Sackstein as Proteans; Steve Nitka as Senex; Rachel Lichter as Geminae; TJ Reissner as Lycus; Judi Laganga as Domina; Jim Clancy as Hysterium; and Dale Monroe as Pseudolus.

The Chester Theatre Group performs in The Black River Playhbouse, an intimate, 100-seat theater in the heart of Chester Borough’s historic district. The venue’s in-the-round format ensures that every seat offers an engaging, memorable experience for each audience member.

For more information, visit the CTG website at