A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Thomas N. Tyler
May 12-28, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
"Something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"
That's just what the Heights Players has planned for its May production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Forum. The show is a fast paced musical farce that guarantees to bring a smile to even the most cynical theater goers.
Forum is Stephen Sondheim's first show in which he wrote both the music and lyrics. It also features a laugh-a-minute book by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove. The show's score features such memorable tunes as "Lovely," "Everybody Ought To Have A Maid" and "Comedy Tonight."
The plot concerns Pseudolus, a Roman slave, who wants his freedom more than anything and the complications that ensue in his attempts to obtain it.
Starring as Pseudolus is Heights veteran Michael Kidney. In recent years, Kidney has been utilizing his abilities more as a director and choreographer, rather than a performer. During this current season, he was responsible for staging our hit production of Hair. Audiences will remember his onstage efforts in featured roles in Finian's Rainbow, Once Upon A Mattress, A Chorus Line and Big River. We are happy to welcome him back in this role.
Others in major roles are such familiar Heights faces as Sean Dearing as Hero, Stephanie Jabre as Philia, Jacob Clark Boggs as Hysterium, Michelle Maccarone as Domina and Thomas J. Kane as Erronius. They are joined by newcomers David Brown as Senex, Kevin Ray Johnson as Miles Gloriosus and Alan Gonzalez as Marcus Lycus.
The multi-roled Proteans are being played by veteran Alyson Ryan and newcomers Joshua Kerr and Travis Wicklund. The dancing Courtesans are Cait Farrell, Kellie Ferrick, Hannah Giddings, Rachel Ladd, Jeanne Cascio and Jacquie Sandor. Rounding out the cast are Brittany Baltay, Terry Ellison, David Moseder and Doris Martir.
The production is being directed by Thomas N. Tyler. His staff includes musical director Anne Rebold, choreographer Hilary Goldman, stage managers Casey Buttari and Marialana Ardolino, lighting designer Leo J. Contrino, costume designers Scotty Wiggins and Albert Walsh and set personnel Gary Vanderputten, Colleen Finn and Paul Keim.
So join us for a lighthearted evening of frolic. Opening night is May 12 at 8:00 PM (togas otional!). Additional performances are May 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 at 8:00 p.m. and May 14, 21 and 28 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and under 18. Purchase tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets. Or make reservations by calling (718) 237-2752 or by email and pay at the door.