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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, by By Burt Shelove and Larry Gelbart, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Rob Hadaway did a wonderful job directing this Sondheim farce, which is NOT one of my personal favorites. Unfortunately he did not do as good a job casting the show. As has been pointed out, he apparently cares more about blocking, sets and costuming- all of which were phenomenal, than he does vocal performance. With the exception of "Comedy Tonight" there is not one tune that you can here people humming as they exit the theater, since the songs are largely forgetable. Again, this is a personal opinion of the show, not this production. However, without good vocal talent, the music becomes even more unbearable. By far, the best number was "Pretty Little Picture" with it's creative blocking and props.
The actress playing Philea was the true exception to the "no vocalists" rule in this production. It was very obvious she has had quite a bit of training and her beautiful, soprano voice rose above the entire cast. Pseudolus truly has a character voice, but it works in this character and he played his part well. Miles Glorioso also did a good job, but poor Hero could not seem to find a note in his first solo. He recovered and had a very nice voice in the rest of his numbers, albeit somewhat soft, but I never could quite forget that first number. The rest of the characters always seemed to fall flat.
Overall I would recommend this show to a theater goer who is interested in a night of true entertainment, but is definitley NOT looking to hear the vocal talent one tends to expect in a Sondheim production.

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