A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Music, & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart

August 12-15, 18-22 1992
The Boal Barn Playhouse

Production Staff

DirectorMarilyn Knoffsinger
Music DirectorLen Dudis
ChoreographerBarry Lee Mackall
Scenic DesignerSarah L. Hunt
Master Carpenter / Lighting DesignerStephen S. Jusko
Costume DesignerElaine C. Meder
Stage ManagerDeborah M. Meder

About the Show

Program Cover

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 (254–184 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 a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: “A funny thing happened on the way to the theater”.

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 lead of the stage musical, Zero Mostel.

The Cast

(in order of appearance)
Senex, an old manChristopher S. Kirkpatrick
Domina, his wifeDeanne Swanson
Hero, his son, in love with PhiliaJonathan Dunski
Philia, a virginJulie Heron
Hysterium, slave to Senex and DominaMichael McCollum
Pseudolus, slave to HeroStirling Scot Shelton
Erronius, an old manHal Hallock
Miles Gloriosus, a warriorMichael A. Huckabee
Lycus. a buyer and seller of courtesansRichard Porter
Euphoria, courtesan madamNatalie Hallock
Tintinabula, a courtesanEmily A. Lloyd
Panacea, a courtesanGillian Geraghty
Geminae I, courtesanMarcia Muller
Geminae II, courtesanMichelle Muller
Virbrata, a courtesanPatty Shane
Gymnasia, a courtesanKristy Walker
Chastia, apprentice courtesanMelissa Wallner
ProteansMichael A. Buchanan
Aaron Colangelo
Larry S. Gohn
David S. Hall
Michael L. Kronberg
Mark Strzepek
Produced by arrangement with
Music Theater International
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