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

Jerome Robbins was originally to have directed the show, but he ended up deciding not to direct. George Abbott instead directed, but when the show ran into serious problems during the pre-Broadway tryout, Robbins came in to help out. He suggested that a new opening number be written and he staged that new number ("Comedy Tonight"). He also made many adjustments and additions to the staging. Many of them were small changes, but they added up to a good many changes.

After the opening, Robbins sent to the show's producer, Harold Prince, an extremely detailed list of his contributions, along with a demand for more in royalties than must have been originally offered to him. The letter can be found at the Library for the Performing Arts in New York. It was on display at the library in an exhibition titled "New York Story: Jerome Robbins and His World" in 2008.

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Posters & Promo Art



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