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“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at Players by the Sea

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom “Forum” is based on the comedies of long-ago Greek playwright Plautus (251-183 BC), with a modern-day book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. An interesting little-known fact about the show occurred during pre-Broadway tryouts when it wasn’t doing well. Jerome Robbins was consulted; he advised presenting the show as a wild, ribald comedy, and got the talented Sondheim to write “Comedy Tonight” for the opening number. That did it: after opening on Broadway in 1962, it remained for almost 1,000 performances, garnered six …

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As part of its March Madness theme, Players by the Sea brought in [title of show], a musical new to Jacksonville, for three performances beginning March 19, 2015. The musical was previously staged at Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine in August, 2014. Due to a heavy reviewing schedule, the were not able to see it in the Ancient City, so we were delighted that it was coming to the Jacksonville Beaches. We have to admit we did not know anything initially about this show, but had seen most of the cast elsewhere on stage, and so were inspired to go. …

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