Racine Theatre Guild presents: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Last season, audiences selected, from musicals previously staged at the Racine Theatre Guild, the show they most wanted to see as grand finale of the 75th anniversary season. They picked a Tony Award-winning musical farce filled with togas and mischief, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” to play May 10-26 at the RTG, 2519 Northwestern Avenue (Highway 38) in Racine.
The book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart (“M*A*S*H”), complemented by a clever Stephen Sondheim score, make “Forum” enjoyably naughty, with no higher intention than to be funny—and it is. It has the classic elements of farce: puns, satire, slamming doors, mistaken identities and disguises. Song highlights include “Everybody Ought to Have a Maid” and the famous “Comedy Tonight.” The original 1963 production won multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical. It has been produced three times each on Broadway and in London’s West End.
Sponsored by Rasmussen Diamonds, performances of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” are scheduled May 10-26, with shows each weekend at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. There are also performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 (followed by a free talkback with cast and crew); at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, and Thursday, May 23; and at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 25.
Ticket holders to the opening night performance on May 10 are invited to a reception afterwards. Members of the original cast and crew are encouraged to attend and will each be given a pair of tickets to the show (please call the box office to reserve).
The adult ticket price is $19 for 7:30 p.m. shows, $15 on Thursday night, and $17 at all other times. Discounts are available for seniors (62+), subscribers, groups of 12 or more, and students (21 and under). The show is not recommended for young children. Box office hours are 12 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 90 minutes prior to curtain through intermission at performances. For tickets, call 262-633-4218 or order online at www.racinetheatre.org (note: discounts and coupons cannot be applied to online orders).