A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Musical)
Frankie Howard, Kenneth Connor
1963 London Production
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.
Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251–183 BC), specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus and Mostellaria, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from the line that vaudeville comedians often used to begin a story: “A funny thing happened on the way to the theater”.
The musical’s original 1963 Broadway run won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book. A Funny Thing has enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals and was made into a successful film starring the original lead of the musical, Zero Mostel.
This Souvenir Brochure is from the 1963 London Production.
Starring: Frankie Howard, Kenneth Connor, Jon Pertwee, Robertson Hare, Eddie Gray, Isla Blair, John Rye, Linda Gray, Leon Greene, Malcolm MacDonald, Ben Aris, George Giles.
Size 210 x 275 mm
Lots of great information and photos from the show and cast
Condition: Good 8/10
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