A funny thing happened on the way to the forum: a musical comedy based on the plays of Plautus

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Dodd, Mead, 1985 - Drama - 214 pages
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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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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1985)

Stephen Sondheim was born in New York and studied music at Williams College, where he wrote the lyrics and music for two college shows. Sondheim also studied at Princeton University with Milton Babbit. He received recognition for writing lyrics for Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story (1957) and success as a lyricist-composer with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962). However, his next musical, Anyone Can Whistle (1964), was unsuccessful. The production of Company (1970) again established Sondheim as a major composer and lyricist on Broadway. Sondheim's other productions include Follies (1971); A Little Night Music (1973), wherein its leading song, "Send in the Clowns," was awarded a Grammy in 1976; and Sunday in the Park with George (1983), a musical inspired by George Seurat's famous painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." His music and plays have won him three Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Best Musical Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.

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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