How can you go wrong with Sondheim? Well, I have seen a few dodgy interpretations, but this rather brilliant version of “A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum" certainly isn’t one of them!
With a brilliant cast, superb production and an invisible but ridiculously good live band, the folks at The Garry Marshall Theatre have done themselves proud.
If you are unfamiliar with the story…(have you been living on Mars?) this long-running Broadway favorite, with music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, is a frolic amongst the pillars of ancient Rome. A slave yearns for his freedom and makes a bargain with his young master that if he can get the girl of his dreams to marry him, he will earn his freedom…and chaos and hilarity ensue…of course…
The show is full of wonderful songs and hilarious situational comedy that may be a little long in the tooth, but can still sink them well into your funny bone that's for sure. I really didn’t stop laughing from the opening lines to the curtain call. Bravo to the Director Joseph Leo Bwarie.
Everyone is absolutely brilliant, just perfect casting. And the voices! Soaring and stunning and Broadway fabulous. They all handle the classic “things don't go at all according to plan” with aplomb. The blackmail, funny disguises, long-lost children, strutting generals, scheming spouses and the frantic and increasingly dramatic impending disasters are all masterfully maneuvered and beautifully played out.
The Garry Marshall Theatre is a gem and this holiday season they bring a classic back - and it’s very gratefully received.
I highly recommend “A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum”
Running from November 17 - December 31, Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, Sundays at 3pm & 7:30pm
The Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 W Riverside Drive, Burbank, 91505
Paul C. Vogt, Candi Milo, Kevin Symons, Nicole Kaplan, Michael Thomas Grant, Ethan Cohn, E.K. Dagenfield, Clayton Snyder, Vanessa Nichole, Shamicka Benn and Liz Bustle
Directed by Joseph Leo Bwarie