A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

July 5 – 11

COMEDY TONIGHT!

Load up the chariots, we are off to The Muny for big, big laughs! Considered one of Broadway’s greatest farces, this musical romp through Rome includes desperate lovers, mistaken identities, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga. With delicious music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this is one hair-brained Roman forum you won’t want to miss!


Language

None.

Violence

In the song “Bring Me My Bride,” Miles Gloriosus sings about his military conquests in a somewhat graphic manner.

Drug/Alcohol Use

None.

Mature Content

Songs and dialogue contain sexual references.

The mature ideas in the show are played in a comedic style.

The character, Lycus, runs a brothel.

The courtesans do comical, suggestive dances and the main character, Philia, is a virgin courtesan.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus who schemes to win the heart of the beautiful virgin, Philia, for his young master, Hero. In exchange, Hero will grant Pseudolus his freedom once and for all. However, things are never as easy as they seem. Chaos ensues with hair-brained schemes, cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and convoluted plot twists. The show’s comedy draws on sexual innuendo.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum combines the ancient comedies of Plautus with a vaudevillian delivery. The show’s title derives from a line often used by comedians to begin a story: “A funny thing happened on the way to the theatre…”  The original 1962 Broadway production won several Tony Awards®, including Best Musical.

TICKET INFO


Mark Your Calendar


Season tickets on sale
NOW – June 9

Single tickets on sale
May 8 – August 13

 Ticket Prices Season* Single Season Savings
 Center Boxes (C-6) $637 $95 4%
 Side Boxes (7-10) $581 $90 8%
 Terrace A (A-M) $448 $74 14%
 Terrace A (N-Y) $329 $58 19%
 Terrace B (A-M) $231 $44 25%
 Terrace B (N-Y) $112 $31 48%
 Terrace C $77 $15 28%
* Season Ticket prices include $7 service fee.

Media


 

Cast


Shuler Hensley (Julian Marsh)

Broadway: No Man’s Land/Waiting For Godot, Young Frankenstein,Tarzan, Oklahoma! (and West End- Tony, Drama Desk, OCC, Olivier Awards), Les Misérables. Off-Broadway: Grinch…, The Most Happy Fella, and Fiorello! (Encores!), The Whale (Lucille Lortel/Obie Awards; OCC, Drama League, and Drama Desk nominations; Stage Performance of the Year by NY Magazine), Silence! The Musical, Sweet And Sad (Drama Desk for Outstanding Ensemble). Regional/International: The Prince of Broadway, The Guardsman, Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County, The Phantom ofthe Opera, Wozzeck, Regina. Symphony Appearances: NY Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra. TV: Shades of Blue, Banshee, The Americans, Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Intent. Film: Murder of a President, The Legend of Zorro, VanHelsing.

Emily Skinner (Dorothy Brock)

Muny: Billy Elliot, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Broadway: Side Show (Tony nomination, Drama League Award), Jekyll & Hyde, The Full Monty, James Joyce’s The Dead, Dinner at Eight (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), Billy Elliot (BroadwayWorld Award). Off-Broadway: Jerry Springer The Opera (Carnegie Hall); Fiorello!, No Strings, Pardon My English, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (City Center Encores!); leading roles at Manhattan Theater Club, WPA Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theatre Company, York Theatre, Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Gardens. Regional: multiple roles at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Long Wharf, The Old Globe, Goodspeed, Bucks County Playhouse, Virginia Rep, and many others. She has sung with symphonies around the globe and her numerous CD recordings may be found at Amazon.com. www.emily-skinner.com

Jay Armstrong Johnson (Billy Lawlor)

Muny: Hello, Dolly! and Pirates! Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d. Broadway: On The Town (Astaire Award nom.), Hands on a Hardbody, Catch Me If You Can, HAIR. TV/Film: Quantico (Dr. Will Olson; recurring), Sex & the City 2, Law & Order: SVU. Off-Broadway: Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC), Working (Drama Desk Award; Prospect Theater Co.). Other NY Theater: The Most Happy Fella (Encores!), Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall). First national tour: A Chorus Line. Regional: The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), On The Town (Barrington Stage Co.), Hands On A Hardbody (La Jolla Playhouse), Pool Boy (Barrington Stage Co), Hairspray (Weston Playhouse). Concert: 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (on iTunes).

Jonalyn Saxer (Peggy Sawyer)

Jonalyn is thrilled to be making her Muny debut in her all-time favorite show! Broadway: Honeymoon In Vegas, Bullets Over Broadway. Pre-Broadway/Regional: Gotta Dance (Bank Of America Theater, Chicago), Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical (Dallas Theater Center), Pittsburgh CLO, Maine State Music Theater, Syracuse Stage, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Proud Syracuse University Graduate.

Creative Team


GARY GRIFFIN (Director)

has directed The Muny’s productions of Fiddler on the Roof (2016), Into the Woods (2015), Mary Poppins (2013) and Aladdin (2012). On Broadway, he directed Honeymoon in Vegas, The Apple Tree and The Color Purple. Gary is associate artistic director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where he has directed King Charles III, Gypsy, Road Show, Sunday in the Park with George, Follies, Amadeus, Passion and Pacific Overtures. Gary directed West Side Story, Evita, Antony and Cleopatra and A Little Night Music for the Stratford Festival of Canada. Recent credits include, Hands to God at Victory Gardens Theater, Moonshine at Dallas Theater Center, Road Show at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, and Parade at Avery Fisher Hall. He has received 10 Joseph Jefferson Awards for Direction and the Artistic Excellence Award from the League of Chicago Theaters.

ALEX SANCHEZ (Choreographer)

Choreographed The Muny’s productions of Fiddler on the Roof (2016), Mary Poppins (2013), Aladdin (2012) and The Little Mermaid (2011). New York credits: Red Eye of Love (Amas Musical Theatre/ Dicapo Theater, Joseph Callaway Award), Far from Heaven (Playwrights Horizon), Fiorello!Where’s Charley? (New York City Center Encores!) and Giant (Public Theater, Lucille Lortel Award nomination). Regional credits: Directed Evita (Marriott Theatre) and the national tour In The Mood (Bud Forrest production). Choreographed Wonderful Town (The Goodman Theater), West Side Story (PaperMill Playhouse), Guys and Dolls (Goodspeed Opera House, Connecticut Critic Circle Award nomination), Far from Heaven (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Roman Holiday (Guthrie Theater), 42nd Street (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Broadway World Toronto 2012 Award), Giant (Dallas Theater Center), Follies (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Broadway World Chicago 2011 Award, Jeff Award nomination), On the Town (Marriott Theatre, Jeff Award nomination), A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theatre Group), Camelot (Glimmerglass Opera), The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast (Alabama Shakespeare Festival) and Mary Poppins (Kansas City Starlight/Marriott Theatre).

BRAD HAAK (Music Director)

Muny: Fiddler on the Roof (2016), Into the Woods (2015), South Pacific (2013), The King and I (2012) and Gypsy (2006). Broadway: Music director for An American in Paris, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Elton John’s Lestat, also Il Divo – A Musical Affair. First national tour of Disney’s The Lion King. Music direction and orchestrations for Daddy Long Legs, most recently off-Broadway as well as in London, Tokyo, Seoul and 17 US productions. International: Sousatzka (Toronto) An American in Paris (Paris), Honk! (Singapore and Philippines), Jane Eyre (Tokyo). Other collaborations with director Gary Griffin include Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Follies (Jeff Award for music direction), Sunday in the Park with George (Jeff nomination) Orchestrations for New York and Boston Pops, National Symphony and L.A. Philharmonic. Graduate of Northwestern University and a native of Chicago.