Broadway's greatest farce closes out its in its four-day run tonight in Las Positas College's renovated outdoor amphitheater with the college's Theater Arts Department performing the musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
As the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book, the light, fast-paced, witty and irreverent musical takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from the time-tested, 2,000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.
Bert Shevelove and Larry Gelbart's book with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim was originally produced on Broadway by the legendary Harold Prince.
"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" tells the tale of Pseudolus, a crafty slave who struggles to win the hand of Philia, a beautiful, but slow-witted courtesan, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. Mistaken identity, slammed doors and even a showgirl or two find their way into the non-stop laugh-fest.
The play is the inaugural production in the renovated amphitheater.
The LPC production features stage direction by Wes Morgan and musical direction by Mark Dietrich, with choreography by Faith Blevins, set and lighting design by Mike Rinaldi and costume design by Lenee Madera and Hanna Ramirez.
The production's actors include: James Koponen, Josh Thompson, Kaitlin Bailey, Daisy Barajas, Chae Hyden, Chad Watkins, Rajiv Vijayakvmar, Trevor March, Christian Tanton, Chuck Eyler, Patricia Bosma, Daniel Gines-Rivera, Elise Ebbinghaus, William Schubert, Kristen Barber, Katie Lai, Trenton Torian, and veteran actor and LPC emeritus faculty Ken Ross as Erronius.
Performances are at 8 p.m. tonight at the Barbara F. Mertes Center for the Arts Amphitheater, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore.
Tickets cost $15 for general admission, and $10 for students, staff and seniors (55+). They will be available at the door or at laspositascollege.edu/performingarts/