From Music Theatre International website:
"Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!" Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and
one of the funniest musicals ever written – the perfect escape from life's troubles. A Funny Thing
Happened On The Way To The Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested,
2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The
result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a
beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom.
With its unforgettable zany characters, a hysterical, perfectly constructed book by Larry Gelbart
(of “MASH” and “City Of Angels” fame) and Burt Shevelove, and witty Stephen Sondheim songs which are modest
in their vocal demands, “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” allows a brilliant ensemble of
comedic actors to shine. (The lead role of Pseudolus is one of the theatre's greatest roles – a tour de
force for a clown par excellence.) And as if that weren't enough, its simple unit set makes “A Funny Thing
Happened On The Way To The Forum” one of the easiest Broadway musicals to mount.