Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 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.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 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 freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.
This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!”
Performances will take place at Kit Carson Amphitheater between August 21 and September 5.
NOTE: Show contains broad physical comedy including sexually suggestive themes.
Pseudolus (Also Prologus Act I) / Male/ Lead
Prologus Act I: Introduces the audience to the comedy they are about to see.
Pseudolus: A Roman slave, owned by Hero, who seeks to win his freedom by helping his young master win the heart of Philia. Quick-witted, scheming, childlike spirit.
Philia/ Female/ Lead
A virgin in the House of Lycus whom we also find out is Erronius’ daughter. She is promised to Miles and vows to give him bodily what he has paid for, but loves Hero and promises he will always have her heart. Young, pretty, devoted. An archetypal ingénue. NOTE: Should be comfortable with moments of intimacy including a kiss with Hero.
Hero/ Male/ Lead
The young son of Senex and Domina. He falls in love with Philia and agrees to give Pseudolus his freedom if he can help Hero woo her. Practical, privileged, romantic. NOTE: Should be comfortable with moments of intimacy including a kiss with Philia.
Hysterium/ Male/ Supporting
The chief slave in the House of Senex. Believes he is in control, but is actually Pseudolus’ puppet to carry out his schemes. Anxious, conservative, loyal. He desperately wants everything to be in order. NOTE: Should be comfortable dressing in women’s clothing.
Senex/ Prologus Act II / Male/ Supporting
Prologus Act II: Welcomes the audience back; sets the stage for Act II.
Senex: An old man and father to Hero and husband to Domina.
Domina/ Female/ Supporting
Senex’s wife. A shrewish woman who dominates to the point of answering herself the questions she asks of others. Loves her husband deep down, but is outwardly controlling, demanding, and manipulative.
Marcus Lycus/ Male/ Supporting
The owner of the house of Courtesans. Always out to make a profit, but also wants to provide good on what his business offers.
Miles Gloriosus/ Male/ Supporting
The archetype of the braggart soldier. A captain in the Roman army to whom Marcus Lycus has promised Philia. Commanding, boastful, manly and strong.
Erronius/ Male/ Featured/ Spoken
An old man, searching for his lost children.
Courtesans/ Featured/ Silent
NOTE: Revealing costumes; sexually suggestive choreography.
Gymnasia, Tintinabula, Vibrata, The Geminae, Panacea
The Proteans/ Either Gender/ Ensemble