Something for Everyone: Paul Vogt, Stephen Buntrock, Beth McVey Star in Paper Mill Forum
By Andrew Gans
The Paper Mill Playhouse production of the Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum plays the New Jersey venue March 16-April 10.
Directed by Mark Waldrop, with choreography by Vince Pesce, the cast is led by Paul Vogt (Pseudolus), Stephen Berger (Marcus Lycus), Justin Bowen (Hero), Stephen Buntrock (Miles Gloriosus), Chet Carlin (Erronius), Chelsea Krombach (Philia), Beth McVey (Domina), John Scherer (Hysterium) and Greg Vinkler (Senex).
Rounding out the company are Kristine Bendul, Nicole Benoit, Krisitine Covillo, Ryan Dietz, Michael Timothy Howell, Anthony Johnson, Liz McKendry, Anne Otto, Chondra L. Profit, Lara Seibert and Bret Shuford.
The production also features scenic design by Ray Klausen, costume design by Matthew Hemesath, lighting design by F. Mitchell Dana, sound design by Randy Hansen, music supervision by Tom Helm, music direction by Ed Goldschneider and associate music direction by Robert Meffe.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 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."
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