A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum!

KCP will be opening its 2018 season with this Broadway classic, one of the funniest musicals ever written. The master director Arnold Meister, a true “Sondhead”, will be at the helm.

The show opens January 12 and runs for 4 weekends through February 4 with performances Fri, Sat and Sun opening weekend, and Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun the 2nd, 3rd and 4th weekends. NO HOLDOVER.

The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim (his first show where he was both composer and lyricist) and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus, 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 musical’s original 1962 Broadway run won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Author (Musical). A Funny Thing has enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals and was made into a successful film starring the original Broadway lead, Zero Mostel. It also won four Outer Critics Circle Awards. In subsequent Broadway revivals, it won 3 more Tonys, a Drama Desk Award, and two more Outer Critics Circle awards.

The title derives from a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: “A funny thing happened on the way to the theater”. It takes place in Rome 200 years before the Christian era one day in spring, and is set on a street in front of the houses of Erronious, Senex, and Lycus.