Friday, March 29, 2013

[360] MTSU offers ‘something for everyone!’ with April’s classic ‘A Funny Thing Happened’


FOR RELEASE: March 27, 2013
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Justin Durham, or 615-898-2181

MURFREESBORO — Whether you’re looking for something familiar or something peculiar, MTSU Theatre will have the answer beginning Thursday, April 4, with a new production of the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy classic, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

Directed by speech and theatre professor Kristi Shamburger, the beloved Tony Award-winning musical features a cast of 18.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” will carry the audience all the way back to ancient Rome to follow a slave named Pseudolus and his various machinations to win his freedom. Its most recognized song is its opening number, “Comedy Tonight,” which is regularly used in revues and charity performances.

Performances are set at 7:30 p.m. April 4-6 and again April 10-13 in Tucker Theatre inside MTSU’s Boutwell Dramatic Arts Auditorium. A matinee also is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14.

General admission tickets are $10 each, and tickets for students in kindergarten through 12th grades are $5 each. MTSU students with valid IDs will be admitted free.

I love Stephen Sondheim's music and lyrics and am really thrilled with our cast and the way they are handling the material,” said Shamburger. “It is a farce, which I like to say is ‘comedy on steroids.’”

The show, which opened in 1962 with Zero Mostel in the lead role, won Best Musical, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Book and Best Director trophies at the 1963 Tony Awards and continues to be performed all over the world. A 1966 film version also starred Mostel, and Broadway revivals featuring Phil Silvers in 1972 and Nathan Lane in 1996 also won Tony Awards.

The Tucker Theatre Box Office will open one hour before each show, and the theatre will open for seating 30 minutes before curtain time. The box office will close promptly when each show begins, and no tickets will be sold during the shows.

For more information about the show, or to buy tickets online, visit You also can call the Tucker Theatre Box Office at 615-494-8810.

A map of MTSU arts venues is available at

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