A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Musical Info & Synopsis


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum follows the story of Pseudolus, a crafty slave who hatches a series of outrageous schemes to win his freedom. When he learns that his master’s son is in love with a courtesan from the house next door, Pseudolus seizes the opportunity to help them unite. As chaos unfolds, the audience is treated to a parade of eccentric characters, clever wordplay, and fast-paced antics.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1962)

Cast Size: 10+

Genre: Comedy

Setting: BCE / Italy (Rome)

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Book: Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1962)➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1960s, Classic, ComedicPopularTony Award

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