Vero Beach Theatre Guild presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum features Alex Martinez as Hero, with Courtesans Nikki Przedwiecki, Isabel Garrett, Caroline Remillard and Libbie Baylins.

VERO BEACH - The Vero Beach Theatre Guild presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” March 12-31.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is a Tony Award-winning musical romp through ancient Rome, featuring desperate lovers, scheming toga-clad neighbors, and glamorous courtesans. Thirteen singers, dancers, comedians, and actors converge on stage.

Originally performed on Broadway in 1962, this farcical musical was nominated for six Tony Awards and won five – Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical and Best Musical. Lyrics and music were penned by Stephen Sondheim, with book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.

The musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master, Hero, woo the girl next door, Philia, who is a courtesan but also a virgin. The hit song “Comedy Tonight” opens the show.

Joe Langer plays Pseudolus, Alex Martinez plays Hero, and Tara Giovannone plays Philia.

The VBTG performance is directed by Beth McKenzie Shestak, musical direction by Ben Rose, produced by Betty Wilkes, and sponsored by Indian River Estates.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” runs March 12-31. Performances are Tuesday–Friday at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $30 with discounts for students and can be purchased online at VeroBeachTheatreGuild.com or by calling the box office at (772) 582-8300, Monday–Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Vero Beach Theatre Guild is located at 2020 San Juan Ave., Vero Beach.

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