A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
DATE: Feb 6,7,8
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 at the door
LOCATION: Madison Performing Arts Center, 5005 Stahl Road
The Madison Fine Arts Department will be presenting A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum February 6-8 at 7 p.m. at in the Madison Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, one of Broadway’s most brilliantly conceived musical comedies, opened in May, 1962. Inspired by plays of the second century B.C. Roman playwright Plautus, Forum is gloriously free of serious moments; the show’s action, dialogue, songs and dances are the essence of farce: their single goal is to keep the audience laughing deliriously from the first note of the opening number, “Comedy Tonight,” until the final curtain comes down.
The show, which broke from musical comedy tradition by using only one stage set and no change of costumes, has a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Using characters and incidents from Plautus, who was the most popular comic playwright of his day, the creative team wove an ingenious new plot with an array of hilarious subplots and hysterical complications.
Forum is constantly in motion as characters whiz from one ridiculous situation to another and its score is full of wonderful songs which contribute mightily to the merriment and zany action. A marathon vaudeville performed in togas, the original production was directed by George Abbott with choreography and musical staging by Jack Cole. Produced by Harold Prince, it ran for 964 performances, proving that some of the world’s oldest jokes can still delight us and cause us to laugh at ourselves. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum won the Tony Award for the Best Musical in1963.
For more information contact Cynthia McDonald at 356-1400 .
Posted on February 5, 2014