SAN JACINTO – Mt. San Jacinto College Performing Arts Departments, San Jacinto Campus, present the classic musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” In its original Broadway run it won the Tony Award for Best Musical. It was written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, who is best known as the writer and sometimes director of the famed TV series M*A*S*H and writer of the screenplay for the film Tootsie.
The music and lyrics were written by Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods).
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested 2000-year-old Roman comedies with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.
The show is a love letter to vaudeville and classical farce with plenty of plot twists and turns, cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a bawdy wench or two. It all centers around a conniving slave who promises to get his young master together with the girl he loves in exchange for his freedom. Sounds simple enough, but mayhem and hilarity ensue.
The opening song “Comedy Tonight!” says it all. This show delivers on that promise with laughs coming fast and furiously from beginning to end.
The show opens on March 14 and plays for two weekends until March 23. Tickets can be reserved by calling (951) 487-3790. The theater is located at 1499 North State Street.
Show dates and times are: March 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 and 23 at 2:30 p.m.