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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum comes to Spartanburg Little Theatre

January 02, 2019 | Press Releases

Jay E. Coffman, Executive Artistic Director
200 E. St. John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306
(864) 585-8278 office ■ (864) 948-5360 fax

For Immediate Release January 2, 2019

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — One of Broadway’s favorite classic comedies is back on stage at the Spartanburg Little Theatre for the first time in over 20 years. Winner of the 1962 Tony Award for Best Musical and the subject of a famed Broadway revival in 1996 starring Nathan Lane, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is light, witty, and irreverent and considered by many to be one of the funniest musicals ever written. Performances are January 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 8 pm, and January 13, 19, and 20 at 3 pm at the Chapman Cultural Center. 

In this unforgettable, hysterical musical comedy, Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. With plot twists and turns, cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, a showgirl or two, and secrets under every toga, Broadway’s greatest farce will have you laughing all the way to the Forum with "something for everyone, a comedy tonight!" 

Popularized by a 1966 film version starring the original Broadway lead, Zero Mostel, as Pseudolus, and comedy greats Phil Silvers, Jack Gilford, and Buster Keaton, in his last film appearance, Forum features a score by Stephen Sondheim and a script by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, who was one of the creators of M*A*S*H

“Everyone needs to see Forum once in their life,” says Coffman, “The show is pure fun with no agenda, amazing music, and a great way for audiences to leave their cares at the door and get wrapped up in a crazy, plot-twisting tale of desperate lovers and scheming neighbors. It’s escapism at its finest and the perfect kick-off to the new year!” 

Tickets for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum can be purchased by calling the Chapman Cultural Center box office at (864) 542-2787 or online at Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors and $20 for students/youth. 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is sponsored by The Arkwright Foundation 


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