Look Back at the Original Production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Photos   Look Back at the Original Production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
 
The 1962 musical comedy was the first Broadway production for which Stephen Sondheim wrote both music and lyrics.
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Cast of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Friedman-Abeles/New York Public Library

May 8 marks the anniversary of the original Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a musical comedy inspired by the farces of ancient Roman playwright Plautus.

The production opened at the Alvin Theatre in 1962 under the direction of George Abbott, and signified the first Broadway musical with both music and lyrics written by Sondheim. The show went on to win six Tony Awards, including Best Musical; after 964 performances, eight previews, and transfers to both the Mark Hellinger Theatre and the Majestic Theatre, the show closed August 29, 1964.

Flip through photos from the original production below:

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