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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum drew most of its farcical situations directly from the plays of Titus Maccius Plautus (254 BC-184 BC).

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which was the first Broadway production to boast music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, drew most of its farcical situations directly from the plays of Titus Maccius Plautus (254 BC-184 BC). The writers, hoping to give Broadway a taste of what once convulsed ancient Roman audiences, carefully studied all 21 of Plautus’ surviving comedies and then created their own original story, drawing characters and situations freely from many of the old scripts. The plot revolves around Pseudolus, a slave who will do almost anything to gain his freedom. When Pseudolus is left in charge of his owner’s young son who has fallen madly in love with a beautiful courtesan, the fun begins. The young boy promises Pseudolus his freedom if he can arrange a marriage before his father returns. Pseudolus, of course, agrees. But not even the conniving slave can foresee the tangled web that he is about to weave. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opened at the Alvin Theatre on May 8, 1962, with Zero Mostel playing the part of Pseudolus. The production ran for 964 performances. The 1966 screen version starred Zero Mostel and Phil Silvers.

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