A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart

Stephen SondheimDirected by David Ellenstein
July 11 – August 12, 2018

A funny thing happened on the way to North Coast Rep. They had to replace the Soul of Gershwin due to a rights issue and stumbled on a little musical comedy by Sondheim. For whatever reasons, the time seems ripe for a smart, hysterically comical revival of a hit Broadway laugh-a-minute show called A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM. This timeless musical will bring sheer joy and, infectious high spirits with classic songs like “Comedy Tonight,”  “Lovely,” and “Everybody Ought to Have A Maid”.

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  • It's silly, a bit slapstick, hilariously funny, highly entertaining and definitely Sondheim at his comedic best.

    - Tom Robertson, The Vista Press

  • This show is a megahit. For anyone who needs a good guffaw, this show is flat-out fun-filled and fantastic.

    - Pat Launer, Theater Critic, Arts Writer

  • Riotously funny from start to finish…your sides will be hurting from laughing as they take you along for the ride of this wickedly outrageous farce.

    - Art Rocks 247

  • It’s a hit! ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ is the funniest show of 2018! Wacky and absurd, this rib-tickling show wraps up the 36thseason for North Coast Repertory Theatre with a bang!

    - Elizabeth Youngman Westphal, Fallbrook News

  • Roman writer Plautus started this whole thing, but in ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,’ Sondheim and North Coast Rep have taken it to a hilarious, not-to-be-missed extreme.

    – Jean Lowerison, SDGL News

  • North Coast Rep is closing out their 36th season with its biggest production. With a fine cast and able musical accompaniment, David Ellenstein has directed a great production of this classic musical. This is a fine evening of laughs and songs, don’t miss it. It rounds out NCR’s great season, and sets the stage for a great lineup next season.

    – Brad Auerbach, Entertainment Today

  • North Coast Rep Theatre delivers an early Christmas present to its audiences and it's only July! 'Funny Thing' is flat out hysterical comedy/farce that is brilliantly and creatively staged by David Ellenstein with a cast of Pros to die for. It's like Arabian Nights Fantasy on steroids set in the heyday of Caesar's Rome.

    - Jack Lyons, Desert Local News

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