"Despite the total commitment from Stephen Sondheim, our director, Alex Timbers and our entire creative team, the producers all agreed that time was beginning to run out to cast and produce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum this spring in the way we wanted. While we are disappointed, we have decided to postpone the production this season," production spokesman Chris Boneau said in a statement on behalf of Forum producers Roy Furman, Jill Furman and Emanuel Azenberg.
He continued, "In fairness to our friends at the Nederlander Organization who have remained staunchly supportive, we have agreed to release the theatre they were holding for us so another show can open in this busy spring 2015 season."
It was previously reported that Tony Award-winning One Man, Two Guvnors star Corden would play Pseudolus in the 2015 Broadway revival of Forum. On Sept. 8 CBS officially announced that Corden would succeed Craig Ferguson as the new host of "The Late Late Show" in 2015.
When reports broke earlier this summer that Corden was in negotiations to take over "The Late Show," the producers of Forum stated that they remained committed to the spring 2015 revival and were working to cast the production. The New York Post reported that Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Josh Gad were among the actors being considered to take on the role of Pseudolus.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. The original production received six 1963 Tony Awards: for Best Actor in a Musical (Mostel), Best Author of a Musical (Shevelove and Gelbart), Best Direction of a Musical (George Abbott), Best Featured Actor in a Musical (David Burns), Best Producer of a Musical (Harold Prince) and Best Musical. The 1966 film also starred Mostel.