Justin M. Brauer

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum


  • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 500 South Goodwin Avenue Urbana, IL, 61801 United States (map)
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Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a nonstop laughfest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.

This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine – "something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"

Illinois Theatre, October 18-28, 2018
Colwell Playhouse Theatre

Directed by J.W. Morrissette
Music Direction by Justin M. Brauer and Michael Tilley
Choreography by Philip Johnston

Program PDF

“Comedy equals tragedy plus time” Smile Politely interview with J.W. Morrissette

“Krannert the perfect 'Forum' for new take on classic musical” News-Gazette preview article

Illinois Theatre's 'Forum' stands up to test of time News-Gazette review by Tricia Stiller

Earlier Event: October 7
Copper Creek Church
Later Event: November 11
Copper Creek Church

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