A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Original Broadway Production (1962)

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Choreography and Musical Staging
Additional Direction and Musical Staging

Cast Highlights

Senex, a citizen of Rome
Domina, his wife
Hero, his son
Hysterium, slave to Senex and Domina
Lycus, a dealer in courtesans
Pseudolus, slave to Hero
Erronius, a citizen of Rome
MIles Gloriosus, a warrior

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Musical Numbers

Act One

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  • [Overture .... Orchestra]*
  • Comedy Tonight .... Prologus, the Proteans and the Company
  • Love, I Hear .... Hero
  • Free .... Pseudolus, Hero
  • The House of Marcus Lycus .... Lycus, Pseudolus and the Courtesans
  • Lovely .... Hero, Philia
  • Pretty Little Picture .... Pseudolus, Hero, Philia
  • Everybody Ought to Have a Maid .... Senex, Pseudolus, Hysterium, Lycus
  • I'm Calm .... Hysterium
  • Impossible .... Senex, Hero
  • Bring Me My Bride .... Miles, Pseudolus, Courtesans and Proteans

Act Two

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  • [Entr'acte .... Orchestra]*
  • That Dirty Old Man .... Domina
  • That'll Show Him .... Philia
  • Lovely .... Pseudolus, Hysterium
  • Funeral Sequence and Dance .... Pseudolus, Miles, Courtesans and Proteans
  • Comedy Tonight .... The Company

Additional Musical Numbers Lists

These song lists document any changes that the production went through aside from the opening night song list.

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Trivia & History

When the pre-Broadway tryout opened in New Haven and then in Washington, DC, David Burns played both Prologus and Senex.

It may be that Zero Mostel took over as Prologus and sang "Love Is in the Air" while the show was in Washington, D.C. but we're not certain of this. We know that by the first Broadway preview, Zero Mostel was Prologus as well as Pseudolus. By that time, "Comedy Tonight" was in the show and "Love Is in the Air" was gone (except for underscoring at the top of Act Two).

Prior to Broadway, Roberta Keith's role was called Curiosa.

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