Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [Bay Cities]
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is one of Stephen Sondheim's earliest musicals, both in terms of performance date and setting -- the story takes place in Rome, around 100 B.C. The show itself premiered in New York in 1962, starring Zero Mostel -- who is widely associated with the role he plays here -- as the slave Pseudolus. As he bargains for his freedom, all sorts of hijinks ensue. This musical comedy has a multitude of classic songs, like "Comedy Tonight" and "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid." The London cast, heard in this recording, premiered in 1963 and starred Frankie Howerd in the Mostel role. It's a joyous rendition of a well-loved classic. Extra material is included on the London recording that can't be found on the Broadway disc.
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- Angel Records
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Years ago I saw this show on Broadway and enjoyed it very much. However after listening to the CD I realized that memories are not always accurate. The music is dated. Nothing really stands out in the performances. If someone had never seen the show they would not have a clue as to the weak storyline unless one read the liner notes. The performances are OK but without the subsequent star power of Zero Mostel I can't think of a reason to recommend this. However, the song "Comedy Tonight still brings a smile to my face.