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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

March 9, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Hoogland Center for the Arts is proud to present the hilarious Stephen Sondheim musical, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, March 1-3 & 8-10, 2019 in the beautiful LRS Theatre.

“Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, bawdy, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written.

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 naive courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom.

It’s a delightful evening of burlesque-tinged comedy with great music and colorful sets and costumes. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart (the award-winning writer of the film “Tootsie” and the “M*A*S*H” TV series), this slapstick farce is regarded by many as a high point in the history of Broadway musical comedy.

Pseudolus: Gus Gordon
Hysterium: Johnny Molson
Senex: Rich McCoy
Hero: Ryan Fisher
Philia: Hope Cherry
Domina: Meredith Vogel-Thomas
Miles Gloriosus: Zaxxson Nation
Marcus Lycus: Harvey Mack
Erronius: Jim Hepworth

The Courtesans:
Gymnasia: Nicole Sylvester
Tintinabula: TBA
Vibrata: Selina Pritchard
The Geminae: Shannon Lawler Getchell and Jamie Miller Impson
Panacea: Carolyn Fleischli

The Proteans:
Kevin Hart
Matthew Ratz
Greg Runyard

Joe-Michael Jackson – Co-Director
Gus Gordon – Co-Director
Julie Ratz – Choreographer
Karen Ferguson – Vocal Director
Becky Kemp – Orchestra Director
Rene Blank – Costume Designer
Cindy Wall – Costume Assistant
Steve Varble – Set Designer
Harvey Edwards and Kevin Ford- Set Builders
Richard Dettling – Props
Gene Hinckley – Lighting Operator
Dan Bonn – Lighting Designer

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is sponsored in part by Corporation Service Company.
Show Dates and Times:
Friday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors (over 60). Call 523-2787, or log on to hcfta.org, to order tickets. The Hoogland Center for the Arts is located in downtown Springfield, Illinois at 420 South Sixth Street.

Appropriate for mature audiences who enjoy lowbrow comedy.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).


March 9, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701 United States
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