A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Directed by Joel Schlader
Choreographed by Jon Gourdine
Music Direction by Richard Vetterli
Vocal Direction by Kim Vetterli
Set by Gary Barten
Lights by Michael Barney

Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music by  Stephen Sondheim
Lyrics by  Stephen Sondheim

Based on the plays of Plautus

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
is produced by arrangement with
Music Theatre International

Preview August 9, 8 p.m.
Performances August 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19
All performances begin at 8 p.m.

Woodminster Amphitheater
Joaquin Miller Park
3300 Joaquin Miller Road
Oakland, CA

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AUGUST 10-19, 2012
Inspired by the stories of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is classic farce meets vaudeville, slapstick comedy all mixed up with satirical humor about romantic love and social class. The show 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. One of the funniest musicals ever written, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is witty and irreverent, full of situations and humor people have been laughing at for thousands of years. The music and lyrics, starting with the rousing "Comedy Tonight," are by a young Stephen Sondheim.

(Parent advisory. This show includes sexual humor and situations, but nothing more graphic than is commonly seen on prime-time television. It's a 50-year-old comedy that has always been performed for general audiences.)

Ticket information. • Purchase tickets online now.

Publicity photosWelcome videoDress rehearsal photo gallery

Cast listPress release

Selected Reviews:
Bay Area News Group REVIEW by Pat Craig
BroadwayWorld.com REVIEW by Linda Hodges
Contra Costa Times REVIEW by Sally Hogarty
Piedmont Post REVIEW by Larry Rosenberg (pdf of print newspaper article)

Selected Press:
Bay Area News Group PREVIEW by Pat Craig
bayareaplays.com PREVIEW by David Chavez
Hills Newspapers PREVIEW by Janet Levaux
Piedmont Patch PREVIEW by Maggie Sharpe

Information about Funny Thing...Forum from Music Theatre International
Information about Funny Thing...Forum on Wikipedia
Information about Funny Thing...Forum on the Internet Broadway Database

comic pose

"Everybody Ought To Have A Maid" performed by (l to r) Trente Morant as Pseudolus, Jesse Caldwell* as Senex, John Tichenor* as Hysterium, and Kelly Houston* as Lycus

*indicates member of Actors Equity Association

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All performances of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum start at 8 p.m.
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