“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” Takes the Mainstage at LB Playhouse

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Long Beach Playhouse is proud to end its 2010-2011 Mainstage season with a musical comedy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by Stephen Sondheim, book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. The family-appropriate theatrical production is directed by Michael Ross along with Bill Wolfe as Musical Director, and Marie Madera Gleerup as the choreographer. “Something for everyone, a comedy tonight!” These famous lines by Stephen Sondheim set the tone for this lively and colorful comedy loosely based on the early Roman comedies of Plautus. The musical includes classic songs as Everybody ought to have a Maid, Lovely, Pretty Little Picture, and the famous theatre anthem, Comedy Tonight.

This is a particularly momentous show for Long Beach Playhouse, who has not produced a musical in many years. Executive Director Lauren Morris says, “We felt it was something the community could really benefit from– not only will our audiences really enjoy a musical, but we have so many talented artists who love working on musical theatre pieces. And there’s really no substitute for Sondheim. He is undoubtedly the greatest musical theatre composer of the 20th century. We couldn’t do it without the generous sponsorship of Ken and Dottie Reiner. They have a great love for musicals, and are the Honorary Producers of this production of Forum. Our media sponsor is the Press-Telegram Newspaper. We will also be partnering with Forbidden City restaurant, who will be hosting our opening night reception on Saturday, July 30th.”

Opening Night Reception with the entire cast on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Forbidden City. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will continue on Friday nights (8 p.m.), Saturday nights (8 p.m.) and Sunday matinees, (2 p.m.) through Saturday, September 3, 2011.

Pay what you can Thursday on July 28
Two-for-One preview night, Friday, July 29. Tickets are $11
Adults $22; Seniors $20; Students $12
Tickets are available at www.lbplayhouse.org, or by calling 562-494-1014, ext. 500

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, right across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Playhouse is community-supported theatre that cuts across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries. Performances for the Mainstage Theatre are at 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The box office is open Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00-8:00 pm & Sundays from 1:00-2:00 pm on scheduled matinees only. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.lbplayhouse.org or call 562-494-1014

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