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Did you know Sondheim wrote the music? I didn't:

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.

Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251–183 BC), specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus and Mostellaria, the musical 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 plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from the line that vaudeville comedians often used to begin a story: "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater".

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But nevermind: comedy tonight!

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:00:18 PM PDT

  •  A Forum song from the Proms: (6+ / 0-)

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:17:32 PM PDT

  •  I'm not a big fan of musicals, generally. (5+ / 0-)

    Forum is one of the few exceptions.

    I'm also not a big fan of cinematic adaptations of musicals, generally -- Forum starring Zero Mostel is one of the few exceptions.

    Thanks for bringing this one back to mind.

    Yes, I often dress as a pirate. Your point?

    by theatre goon on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:18:28 PM PDT

    •  You are more than welcome. (4+ / 0-)

      I'd love to do more non-musicals here, but am limited by the TY clips I can get. Regular plays, when on YT, rarely have a good enough reproduction quality to bother with.

      For some reason, people seem to deliver great quality to the musical clips.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:27:27 PM PDT

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  •  Doogie Howser (heh) in Company: (3+ / 0-)
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    theatre goon, slksfca, Susan from 29

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:28:26 PM PDT

  •  Doogie Howser and the NY Philharmonic: (2+ / 0-)
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    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:46:43 PM PDT

  •  Something for Everyone: (2+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, slksfca

    What is the moral?
    Must be a moral;
    This is our moral, wrong or right:
    Morals Tomorrow!  Comedy Tonight!

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 06:44:04 PM PDT

  •  I love Forum (2+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, slksfca

    So much fun! Love the movie version, and love the play.

    My favorite songs from the score for the play are the House of Marcus Lycus and There's Something about a War, mainly because I got addicted to listening to them on the album A Stephen Sondheim Evening. It sounds like they use kazoos on "There's Something about a War" which fits the lyrics perfectly. And The House of Marcus Lycus as sung by George Hearn as Marcus - you can tell in spots he's trying not to crack up. I've never heard such a musical leer before. Check out the album if you can.

    The movie was great - I'm a Buster Keaton fan, so seeing him performing a bit of his classic comedy - wonderful. Bit of a ancillary Forum story from me - the first Doctor Who convention I went to had Jon Pertwee as the guest. I hadn't seen him in Doctor Who, but I caught his 5second cameo in the movie Forum. I found out that he had played Marcus Lycus on the London stage. So, my costume was not from Doctor Who - it was from Forum. Frigidia, a terrible mistake of Marcus Lycus (fur bikini and a bit of stage fighting). Mr. Pertwee loved it - and that someone knew about him from something other than Doctor Who.

    Radical Right - UnAmerican and Tacky as Hell

    by efrenzy on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 08:13:24 PM PDT

    •  Please, please, please (2+ / 0-)
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      introduce me and any other of my readers to George Hearn doing Marcus.

      I've only ever seen him as Sweeney Todd: would be delighted to see him in another role.

      My cat agrees. btw.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 08:38:31 PM PDT

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      •  No Youtube of him (2+ / 0-)
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        Youffraita, slksfca

        or much of anything from a Stephen Sondheim Evening (never filmed, only recorded for an album). But the album is available on Amazon, and you can hear a tantalizing snippit. Sadly I can't find an audio clip to share, but it's on Itunes and Amazon (a whole .99 for a track - get the whole album, it's worth it at about 9.99).

        Here's a snippit:
        http://us.7digital.com/...

        For a something rather different, here's George Hearn singing in "All Dogs Go to Heaven 2"
        http://www.youtube.com/...

        (embedding isn't working for me right now - click the link and have fun ;)

        Radical Right - UnAmerican and Tacky as Hell

        by efrenzy on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 09:17:57 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks, efrenzy (2+ / 0-)
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          Was that a gunshot I just heard?

          I hope not.

          But, probably.

          OMG, I need to move to Maryland, where people are sane(er) than the schmucks here in PA.

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 09:27:04 PM PDT

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  •  Glad you made it back, Youffie! (2+ / 0-)
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    I first encountered the cast album of Forum in early adulthood so I knew it was Sondheim, even though I was less familiar with his distinctive lyric style back then than I have since become.

    Anyway, it's a really fun show!

    There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

    by slksfca on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 07:03:27 AM PDT

    •  Thanks! (0+ / 0-)

      And call me Youff -- all my friends do. ;-D

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 02:59:59 PM PDT

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