AtoZ: Funny Thing Happened…

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Hi! I’ve made it through the first week of my A to Z Challenge. Woot woot! Congrats to all other bloggers who have made it to the end of the first week.

Cabrillo Music Theatre’s A Funny Thing Happened… Photo by Ed Krieger.

For today’s post, I want to share a fun comedy musical by Stephen Sondheim called A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Some of you might be familiar with the musical thanks to the 1966 movie starring Zero Mostel and Michael Crawford. Or maybe you saw the 1996 Broadway revival with Nathan Lane or the 2004 London revival with Philip Quast and Caroline Sheen?

For those who don’t know the story – it 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 story is told in a melodramatic and over the top comedic fashion involving satire and farce.

Famous songs from the show include:
Everybody Ought to Have a Maid
Comedy Tonight

And for those of you who want to see the 1966 film, it is currently available on Amazon Prime.

And of course you would be remiss if you didn’t listen to Nathan Lane’s “Lovely (reprise)“.

What is your favourite musical comedy?

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  1. First week waxed hey, well done.Can't think of any musical comedies I've seen in the past though. Have seen musicals like The Gilbert and Sullivan productions of Yeoman of the Guard and Annie plus a whole bunch more. My son is involved in theatrical productions at the Artscape Theater in Cape Town, so I do go the theater quite often. They all seem to be a bit comedic in one way or another.
    Blessings from Geoff in South Africa.

  2. I wasn’t aware of the A to Z blogging challenge (but just launched my blog a few days ago). I’ve seen lots of musicals, but not many comedies so will go with The Book of Mormon as my favorite.

  3. "Once Upon A Mattress" (Princess and the Pea retelling) is my fav musical comedy.

    I've seen a live version of this. (Off, off, off, not-even-in-NY Broadway.)

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

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