This Classic Stephen Sondheim Musical Is Opening In Brisbane

Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is opening at Brisbane Arts Theatre this weekend, the show’s first Australian staging in five years.

Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus, the comic romp A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door.

The musical incorporates many classic elements of farce including disguised characters, puns, one lines, mistaken identities and lots of drag and satirical examination of social classes.

“It’s like ‘Are You Being Served?’ set to music,” Brisbane Arts Theatre’s Julie Englefield said. “It’s that kind of chaotic slapstick, high camp and completely politically incorrect. The great thing about this show is you can relax, enjoy the music and have a laugh.”

The production’s original 1962 Broadway run scooped several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Author (Musical) and has enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals since with several actors also picking up Tonys for their roles along the way.

The show was last in Australia in 2012, when it opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne featuring an all-star cast including Geoffrey Rush, Magda Szubanski, Hugh Sheridan and Shane Bourne.

Earlier this month, the Brisbane Arts Theatre unveiled their 2018 season including We Will Rock You, A Clockwork Orange, Shrek The Musical, The Crucible, Emma, and The Real Housewives of Brisbane.

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum opens at the Brisbane Arts Theatre on November 4 and runs until December 23. For tickets and more information visit the Brisbane Arts Theatre’s website.

Nerelle Harper

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