A funny thing happened on the way to the forum

Latin for "Bells" A jingling, bell-wearing courtesan in the house of Lycus. His plot thoroughly unraveled, Pseudolus appears to be in deep trouble — but Erronius, completing his third circuit of the Roman hills, shows up fortuitously to discover that Miles Gloriosus and Philia are wearing matching rings which mark them as his long-lost children.

Stephen Sondheim wrote the song "Comedy Tonight" for this new opening. Pseudolus comes up with a plan to slip Philia a sleeping potion that will render her unconscious.

A purveyor of courtesans, who operates from the house to the left of Senex. Young son of Senex who falls in love with the virgin, Philia. Complicating matters further, Domina returns from her trip early, suspicious that her husband Senex is "up to something low. Greek for "Cure All" A courtesan in the house of Lycus.

West, with Justin Hill as musical director and Adam Cates as choreographer. With the ruse thus revealed, the main characters run for their lives, resulting in a madcap chase across the stage with both Miles and Senex pursuing all three "Philia"s Domina, Hysterium, and the actual Philia — all wearing identical white robes and veils.

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But Philia insists that, even though she is in love with Hero, she must honor her contract with the Captain, for "that is the way of a courtesan.

The biggest change Robbins made was a new opening number to replace "Love Is in the Air" and introduce the show as a bawdy, wild comedy. It was directed by George Abbott and produced by Hal Princewith choreography by Jack Cole and uncredited staging and choreography by Robbins.

A manipulative, shrewish woman who is loathed by even her husband. Eventually, Zero Mostel was cast. Karen Blackoriginally cast as the ingenue, was replaced out of town. A Roman slave, owned by Hero, who seeks to win freedom by helping Hero win the heart of Philia.

Pseudolus offers to impersonate Lycus and talk his way out of the mess but, his ingenuity flagging, he ends up merely telling the Captain that Philia has disappeared, and that he, "Lycus", will search for her.

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Latin for "Vibrant" A wild, vibrant courtesan in the house of Lycus. The production was directed by Jerry Zakswith choreography by Rob Marshall.The setting for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a street in ancient Rome, in front of three adjacent houses.

First is the brothel of Lycus, who takes his profession of peddler of fresh very seriously. Next is the house of Senex, his wife Domina, and their son Hero.

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Jul 22,  · A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a nonstop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom.

The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and of course, a showgirl or two. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart Directed by David Ellenstein July 11 – August 12, A funny thing happened on the way to North Coast Rep.

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Considered one of Broadway’s greatest farces, this musical romp through Rome includes desperate lovers, mistaken identities, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga/5(). Jun 12,  · Everybody ought to have an aide, someone who can help when you need support. Certainly, political leaders must depend on advisors who are able to discern accurately, or pretend to know, what's.

Dec 04,  · The opening number to Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

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