Non-Stop hilarity! “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. The musical's original 1962 Broadway run won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Author.
In 1906, Upton Sinclair's muckraking novel The Jungle exposed the appalling and oppressive conditions workers faced in the unsanitary U.S. meatpacking industry, and the furor that followed led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act. William A. Reilly has devised a clever merging of this backdrop with Charles Dickens' story A Christmas Carol. With lyrics by Gary Lamb and directed by Brent Beerman, Reilly's musical transplants the familiar yuletide plotline from London to 1908 Chicago, where the stone-hearted, money-grubbing Scrooge (Lamb) is busy raising rents and turning people out on the street.