Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

How did I choose this show to highlight today?  There's a song that's come to my mind recently.

"I'm lovely, all I am is lovely.  Lovely is the one thing I can do....Oh, isn't it a shame?  I can neither sew nor cook, or read or write my name.  

But I'm happy, merely being lovely, for its one thing I can give to you."

You guessed it.  It's my baby girl, Catherine Ada, that has stirred up this song from the back rooms of my brain.  "Lovely" comes from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,  written by Stephen Sondhiem in 1974, this show is a crack up!  Here is a brief description from Wikipedia:

Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251–183 BC), specifically PseudolusMiles Gloriosus and Mostellaria, the musical 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 plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from the line that vaudeville comedians often used to begin a story: "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater".

                                        Here's a great recital performance of "Love, I hear"

From Broadway's 1996 production, Nathan Lane sings "Pretty Little Picture"

Fun High School Production, illustrates the silliness of this show.

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