Reprise Forum, With Wilkof, Raben, Mandell, Orbach, Williamson, Begins March 16

News   Reprise Forum, With Wilkof, Raben, Mandell, Orbach, Williamson, Begins March 16 The Reprise Theatre Company's production of Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum begins performances March 16 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse.
Lee Wilkof
Lee Wilkof Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Directed by David Lee with choreography by Peggy Hickey and musical direction by Steve Orich, performances will continue through March 28. Opening night is scheduled for March 17. The cast features Annie Abrams (Philia), Stuart Ambrose (Miles Gloriosus), Bradley Benjamin (Geminae), Erich Bergen (Hero), Matthew Patrick Davis (Protean), Meg Gillentine (Tintinabula), Tonya Kay (Vibrata), Laura Keller (Gymnasia), Michael Kostroff (Marcus Lycus), Mercy Malick (Panacea), Alan Mandell (Erronius), Russ Marchand (Protean), Candy Olsen (Geminae), Ron Orbach (Senex), Larry Raben (Hysterium), Justin Michael Wilcox (Protean), Lee Wilkof (Pseudolous) and Ruth Williamson (Domina).

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum — with a score by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart — won six Tony Awards when it debuted on Broadway in 1962 under the direction of George Abbott. Produced by Hal Prince, Forum ran for 964 performances. The original Broadway production starred Zero Mostel, who repeated his work for the 1966 film version. Forum has enjoyed two Broadway revivals: one with Phil Silvers and the other with Nathan Lane as Pseudolus.

Songs from the production include "Comedy Tonight," "Love, I Hear," "That Dirty Old Man," "Free," "Lovely," "That'll Show Him," "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" and "I'm Calm."

Reprise Theatre Company is headed by artistic director Jason Alexander and producing director Susan Dietz.

Single tickets are available for Forum online at www.reprise.org or through the UCLA Central Ticket Office at (310) 825-2101. The Freud Playhouse at UCLA is located in Macgowan Hall.