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SMASH Productions presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum, Stephen Sondheim’s first major musical on April 2-4, 2024. Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. It won six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Actor (Zero Mostel), Best Supporting Actor (David Burns ) Best Book and Best Author.

It is a joyous, musical romp through Rome with desperate lovers, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga —- with a plot that stands the rest of time. It has “something for everyone, a comedy tonight. 

The show 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 with satirical comments on social class that may resonate today.


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forumn is a nonstop laughfest in which 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 his freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, fabulous music with a showgirl or two.

The Core Production Team has worked together on several successful SMASH Productions including Addams Family and Sound of Music. They include Director Bob Stehman, Music Director Mary Ann Rockenbach, Choreographer Barbara Byers and Producer Susan Feinberg.                                                                   


Role                         Cast Member 

Pseudolus                 Tim Casey

Hero                           Bob Addante

Philia                          Jill Marrese

Hysterium                 Denis Milonas

Senex                         Tim Ruwart

Domina                      Bonnie Williams

Marcus Lycus            Gary Chubeck

Miles Gloriosus         Jack Filkins

Erronius                     Barry Corlew

Protean                      Benjamin Keefe

Protean                      Frank Olive

Protean                      Patti Card

Geminae                    Ying He

Geminae                    Elizabeth Albrecht

Gymnasia                   Lori Bellitt

Panacea                      Kathy Chesley-Williams

Tintinabula                 Bridget Wendt

Vibrata                        Lia Ling

Pit Singer                    Marilyn Duncan

Pit Singer                    Penny Kintz

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum, is licensed by Music Theatre International. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Based on the plays by Plautus.

Past Shows and Events

October 10-12,  2023 The Villages, Fl.

March 30 - April 1,  2023 The Villages, Fl.

 November 8-10, 2022  The Villages, Fl.

 September 22, 2022  The Villages, Fl.

 March 15-17, 2022 The Villages, Fl.

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