A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Original Broadway Production (1962)

Production Info

Previews: May 1, 1962 (8 prev.)
Opening May 8, 1962
Closing: August 29, 1964
Length of Run: 964 perf.
Run Type: Open-ended

Location Info

Market: Broadway
Location: New York, NY

Credits Highlights

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Director
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Choreography and Musical Staging
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Additional Direction and Musical Staging

Cast

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

Musical Numbers

Act One

  • 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

  • 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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Production Info

Previews: May 1, 1962 (8 prev.)
Opening May 8, 1962
Closing: August 29, 1964
Length of Run: 964 perf.
Run Type: Open-ended

Location Info

Market: Broadway
Location: New York, NY

Venues

Main Run

Tryout

Audio Recordings

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Commercial Recordings

Private Recordings

Broadcast Recordings

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Archival Recordings

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Video Recordings

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