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