Producers Push Ahead with Forum Revival; Could Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson or Josh Gad Star?

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08 Aug 2014

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Plans remain in place for a 2015 Broadway revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a production spokesperson confirmed to Playbill.com Aug. 8. The New York Post reports that Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Josh Gad are among the actors under consideration to star.

It was previously announced that Tony Award-winning One Man, Two Guvnors star James Corden was in negotiations to play Pseudolus in a 2015 Broadway revival of Forum. Producers Roy Furman, Jill Furman and Emanuel Azenberg state that they remain committed to the revival following reports that Corden has been tapped to replace Craig Ferguson as host of "The Late Late Show."

Alex Timbers (Here Lies Love, Rocky, Peter and the Starcatcher) is attached to direct the revival, which the Post reports is aiming for an April 2015 Broadway return.

Forum spokesman Chris Boneau released the following statement on behalf of the producers and Timbers: "Plans for the Spring 2015 Broadway production of A Funny Thing Happen on the Way to the Forum continue. The star, additional casting, theatre and dates will be announced in the near future."

According to the Post, Parsons (The Normal Heart, "Big Bang Theory") and Ferguson (Spelling Bee, "Modern Family") are under consideration, but their television schedules could preclude them from headlining the production. Another actor in the running for the comedic leading role is Book of Mormon and "Frozen" star Gad.



A source told The Post that producers may consider rotating major stars in the role of Pseudolus. The role garnered Tony Awards for its three predecessors, Zero Mostel in 1963, Phil Silvers in 1972 and Nathan Lane in 1996.

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.