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CityRep collaboration with OCCC yields ‘A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to The Forum’

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Performing the CityRep/OCC production of “A Funny Thing Happened on theWay to the Forum are, left to right, Lucas Ross as Hysterium, Robert Picardo as Pseudolus and Jon Haque as Marcus Lycus. Photo Provided

Performing the CityRep/OCC production of “A Funny Thing Happened on theWay to the Forum are, left to right, Lucas Ross as Hysterium, Robert Picardo as Pseudolus and Jon Haque as Marcus Lycus. Photo Provided

Staff Report

Oklahoma City — This month, CityRep – Oklahoma’s award winning theatre company – and Oklahoma City Community College present the Tony Award winning Broadway classic, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. This show 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.

This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows the ensemble of comedic actors to shine – “something for everyone, a comedy tonight.” The story by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is based on the plays of Plautus

Featured is Robert Picardo as Pseudolus. Picardo has enjoyed a distinguished career on Broadway, television and in major Hollywood motion pictures. He is best known for his Broadway appearances in Tribute with Jack Lemmon and Gemini, and for his television performances, including as the doctor in “Star Trek – the Next Generation.”

On film Mr. Picardo will be featured in the upcoming Coen Brothers’ comedy, “Hail Caesar,” starring George Clooney.

CityRep welcomes back Picardo in his return to the CityRep stage.

Joining Mr. Picardo is an all-star cast of Oklahoma City favorites including comedian and local TV personality Lucas Ross as Hysterium,Tommy Cunningham of Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera,” as Senex, CityRep favorites Jon Haque as Marcus Lycus and Michael Jones as Erronious.

Directing the production is Jonathan Beck Reed.

Also featured in the production is Alex Enterline as Hero, Barbara DeMaio as Domina, Kasey Yeargain as Miles Glorious, Nicole Choate as Phillia, Sophie Menas as Vibrata, Darajea Stewart as Gymnasia, Chelsea Umberham as Panacea, Mackenzie Mentor as Tintanabula, Karstan Tate and Jamie Butemeyer as The Gemini Twins, with Sheridan McMichael, Jordan Jacobs and Nicholas J. Reese as The Proteans.

The production Choreographer is Amy Reynolds Reed, Set Design by Ben Hall, Costume Coordination by Andy Wallach, Lighting Design by Thomas Muhn, Sound Design by Thomas D. Manalo, Music Direction by Charles Koslowske, Associate Music Director is Michael Boyle, Properties Design by Timothy Stewart. The Production Stage Manager is Steve Emerson.

This production of “A Funny Thing” will be presented in The Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater on the campus of Oklahoma City Community College at 7777 South May Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73159.

The show is suggested for most audiences over the age of 13 years old.

Performances include:

Thursday November 19, 7:30 p.m. Preview Performance
Friday November 20, 7:30 p.m. Opening Night Performance
Saturday November 21 7:30 p.m.
Sunday November 22, 1:30 p.m. Closing Performance

Tickets for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” are $8 for Students, Teachers and Military Personnel (with ID), $20 (groups of eight or more), $30 (matinees) and $35 (evening performances).

For more information or for tickets, please call the OCCC Box Office at (405) 682-7579, Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm or visit www.cityrep.com.

CityRep Season Sponsors include the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Richard P. Dulaney Foundation, the Chickasaw Nation, The Grandison Inn, The Oklahoman, Cox Media and The City Sentinel.

Hospitality Sponsorship is provided by Marriott Residence Inn in Bricktown. Media Sponsorship is provided by KFOR.

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