A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Critics

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Reviews: 5

Audience

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Reviews: 0

The Gods of Comedy are pleased! Broadway's big, fat Roman musical is back, with a new spin on Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Sondheim's raucous comedy that pays tribute to the original funny man himself, Plautus. Ancient Rome is turned on its ear in this bawdy romp of mistaken identity and twisting plots, where secrets hide behind every toga.

Intended for an adult audience, may contain adult language and situations.

November 17 – December 31, 2017

Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, Sundays at 3pm & 7:30pm

Added show Wednesday, 11/22
No performance Thursday, 11/23 & Sunday, 12/24; and no 3pm performance 12/31

Reviews

I recommend this play. The opening number, Comedy Tonight, is a precurser to the entire show, because it is a comedy from beginning to end, held up by a splendid cast.

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - ...read full review


The show itself hasn't aged well, and it's hard not to cringe at its depictions of women and sexual politics. [...] Thanks to the show's messages, the musical feels like a product of a different era, and not in a good way. Perhaps the Forum might have benefitted from a dose of Sondheim's trademark cynicism.

sweet-sour - Katie Buenneke - ...read full review


Classic musical comedy is alive and well at the Garry Marshall Theatre. Continuing their inaugural season is the laugh-out-loud production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. The 1962 musical farce, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, is given a tour-de-force presentation that keeps audiences in stitches for the entire evening. If this is a musical that's fallen off your radar, now's the perfect time for a refresher. The plot is simple: in ancient Rome a slave named Pseudolus attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door, hilarity ensues complete with everything you'd expect from classic farce.

sweet - Tin Pan L.A. - TIN PAN L.A. - ...read full review


As he did on Broadway in Wicked (and on the Falcon Theatre stage as Happy Days' Fonzie), Joey McIntyre once again proves there is life beyond boy band stardom. NKOTB fans will likely fill Garry Marshall seats from now through December 10, but even if you've not heard a single one of their million-seller hits, check out how a New Kid from Needham, Mass, can make an already fanatabulous Forum extra-specially fresh and new.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


This production is helmed by the Marshall Theatre's Artistic Director Joseph Leo Bwarie (the multi-talented Jersey Boys alumnus), who gives Forum a fabulous burlesque flair... All are worthy of high praise for their enthusiastic performances. The theatrical toga party is pure entertainment because of them.

sweet - Margie Barron - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


I recommend this play. The opening number, Comedy Tonight, is a precurser to the entire show, because it is a comedy from beginning to end, held up by a splendid cast.

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - ...read full review


The show itself hasn't aged well, and it's hard not to cringe at its depictions of women and sexual politics. [...] Thanks to the show's messages, the musical feels like a product of a different era, and not in a good way. Perhaps the Forum might have benefitted from a dose of Sondheim's trademark cynicism.

sweet-sour - Katie Buenneke - ...read full review


Classic musical comedy is alive and well at the Garry Marshall Theatre. Continuing their inaugural season is the laugh-out-loud production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. The 1962 musical farce, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, is given a tour-de-force presentation that keeps audiences in stitches for the entire evening. If this is a musical that's fallen off your radar, now's the perfect time for a refresher. The plot is simple: in ancient Rome a slave named Pseudolus attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door, hilarity ensues complete with everything you'd expect from classic farce.

sweet - Tin Pan L.A. - TIN PAN L.A. - ...read full review


As he did on Broadway in Wicked (and on the Falcon Theatre stage as Happy Days' Fonzie), Joey McIntyre once again proves there is life beyond boy band stardom. NKOTB fans will likely fill Garry Marshall seats from now through December 10, but even if you've not heard a single one of their million-seller hits, check out how a New Kid from Needham, Mass, can make an already fanatabulous Forum extra-specially fresh and new.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


This production is helmed by the Marshall Theatre's Artistic Director Joseph Leo Bwarie (the multi-talented Jersey Boys alumnus), who gives Forum a fabulous burlesque flair... All are worthy of high praise for their enthusiastic performances. The theatrical toga party is pure entertainment because of them.

sweet - Margie Barron - Tolucan Times - ...read full review