A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Applause Musical Library)
(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
Captures the Essence of Forum, and then some!
By "psyges" - June 21, 2001
"Forum" is one of those rare musical comedies...one of those we hardly ever stuble across. "Forum" is actually funny. And I don't just mean "haha" funny. I mean roll in the aisles and laugh until it hurts funny. The jokes just never stop coming-even during the musical numbers!Here, one can see the springboard for three Tony award winning broadway productions: the script. This is the foundation of "Forum's" comic genius, with a combination of low-brow vaudeville and high-brow wordplay. Comedy in this show hits you at every level in every direction!The best part is that several songs cut from the show are included in an appendix. There is also a great introduction that explains that long and rough journey "Forum" took before it became a huge hit.
A Whole LOT of FUNNY things happen on the way to the forum!
By A Customer - October 1, 1999
True love, true lust, a pimp, a pauper, fun and frolic, mystery and mayhem, and just when you think there is no hope for a fairytale ending (as they say in the play "we'll never find happiness!""Well, we'll just have to be happy without it!") a happy ending (A total surprise to everyone including the cast!)! Based on a Greek comedy (think B.C!), and revamped in the early 60's with music by Sondheim (Into The Woods, West Side Story), and script by Gelbart (*M*A*S*H*), the play stays true to it's root's (with every male in a dress, O.K. toga!) but throws in a lil' of that almost, but not quite to the edge 60's humor (take for instance when three cast members all end up in a wedding gown, but one was not exactly born to be a bride-if you know what I mean!) If you love Shakespeare, and Austin Powers, or if you're looking for something in-between, try "Funny Thing"! This play keeps you on your toes with it's many twists and... read more
By alias76 - January 17, 2011
This book was in great condition when I got it. Easy to read, no written notes or highlights, and no tears on any of the pages! Like new