A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
The Wits Theatre, East Campus
Tuesday, 29th of August – Saturday, 9th of September 2006
Tuesday, Friday & Saturday at 19h30; Wednesday & Thursday (WitsTix) at 16h00; Sunday at 15h00
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum – a musical farce in two acts, book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart; music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; originally produced on Broadway by Harold S Prince. Presented by the Wits School of Arts ( WSOA ), this production is endowed by the JODS Foundation and directed by Ralph Lawson with musical director, Graham Scott and conductor, Walter Butt.
“A day in the life of Pseudolus – a liar, a blackmailer, and a slave who’ll stop at nothing to win his freedom. A brazen marriage of American burlesque to Plautus, the high priest of low comedy.
Slave-in-chief! I wonder how many slaves-in-chief have a master in the tub, a house full of courtesans and a virgin on the roof.”
“A show that has strong claims to being the funniest musical ever written.” – Guardian
Graham Scott, Resident Conductor of The Black Tie Ensemble, established himself, at an early point in his career, in the genre of Musical Theatre and is regarded as the finest Musical Director of his generation, having conducted 70 seasons over the past thirty years. Although he specialises in theatre work, he has conducted countless concerts, spanning symphony, pops, corporate and light music. After many years, Graham Scott has returned to the art of arrangement and orchestration, which he is finding extremely enjoyable and rewarding. He is a Board member of STTEP, an outreach programme which affords youngsters their first go at an orchestral instrument. He holds a Nederburg Opera Prize, 5 Vita Awards and a Gold Loerie Award and has served as an Advisory member of the National Arts Council.
Ralph Lawson is well known to South African audiences as an actor and a director and has taught drama, directed award winning plays for radio, revues and musicals including last season’s sell-out production of The Sound Of Music for the Playhouse Company in KZN. Ralph recently directed the critically acclaimed 2006 programme of Opera Highlights, Bravissimo, with the cream of South Africa’s opera talent, at the same venue to which he returns in December to play Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady. Ralph Lawson has just returned from Dublin where he performed in Ashraf Johaardien’s new play, Happy Endings Are Extra, and is looking forward to his association with the Wits School of Arts’ production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.
Tickets are very reasonably priced at R55 (includes Computicket’s service charge); discount price for pensioners, block bookings of ten or more and students pay R35 (includes Computicket’s service charge). A further discount price of R25 (includes Computicket’s service charge) is available to schools only. WitsTix nights (students pay ten rand only) are 30 & 31 August, 06 & 07 September at 16h00.
Light meals and a full cash bar can be enjoyed in Café Dulce, situated in the Wits Theatre Foyer. Free, covered parking in the adjacent Senate House (the entrance is on Jorissen Street) ensures peace of mind.