A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 1991 - Music - 184 pages
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(Applause Libretto Library). Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart Introduction by Larry Gelbart "This brazenly retro Broadway musical, inspired by Plautus, is as timeless as comedy itself." Vincent Canby, The New York Times "The most urbane and literate musical comedy text ever conceived." John Simon, New York magazine

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User Review  - Ann - Goodreads

A quick romp into hilarity; from slapstick to political in-correctness. I play Domina. I ordered you to come see me in it on May 6-7, 2011! Did you forget? Well, you can read the play, then... Read full review

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User Review  - Neil Schleifer - Goodreads

VERY loosely based on the comic plays of the Roman Plautus, Larry Gelbart's vaudvillian adaptation can be hillariously funny. Stephen Sondheim's lyrics and music often stand in odd counterpoint to the ... Read full review



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Stephen Sondheim's musical compositions and lyrics have earned him a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, and numerous Tonys among other awards and honors. His credits include music and lyrics for "Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, Company, Follies, " and "A Little Night Music, " as well as the lyrics for "West Side Story" and "Gypsy.

Larry Gelbart has gained widespread fame as one of the creators of the hit TV series M*A*S*H. Born on February 25, 1923 in Chicago, he got his first break at the age of 16, when he became a joke writer for Danny Thomas. Gelbart wrote radio scripts for such noted personalities as Bob Hope and Sid Caesar and quickly moved on to authoring plays. In 1962, Gelbart's smash musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, co-written with Stephen Sondheim, opened to rave reviews and has become a classic in musical theatre. Gelbart's works have entertained millions. He wrote the screenplays for Tootsie and Oh God!, wrote the musical City of Angels, and wrote and produced the TV series M*A*S*H. He has won numerous awards including several Tonys, an Emmy and a Drama Desk award. In 1998, he wrote his autobiography, Laughing Matters: On Writing M*A*S*H, Tootsie, Oh, God!, and a Few Other Funny Things. This highly enjoyable work is filled with humorous anecdotes, recollections and Gelbart's incomparable humor.

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