TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 1962, “Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim” appears in a Broadway Playbill for the first time as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opens at the Alvin Theatre. With a book by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove, and starring Zero Mostel, the production will go on to run for 964 performances, and win the 1963 Tony Award for Best Musical.

For more on the original Broadway production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, including a look inside a Playbill from the show, visit PlaybillVault.com.


The opening of “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.” Because WHY NOT. :)

(Such a fave.)


Finally found it! (thank goodness for Twitter hashtags and Friday Night Who). Tumblr needs to see this gloriousness.

1970 Lecture Part I
  • 1970 Lecture Part I
  • Stephen Sondheim
  • Dramatists Guild: In The Room

Remember that article from December announcing that The Dramatists Guild had uncovered a bunch of old reel to reel tapes of their members giving lectures about their work? Well, they’ve launched a podcast from those archives, and the first episode features a Stephen Sondheim talk from the early 1970s — he claims it’s his first — in which he sings a couple of songs that had been cut from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

It’s utterly delightful. I’m sure you’ll think so too.