Gulfshore Playhouse Brings To Life One Of Broadway’s Funniest Musicals
Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples’ premier professional regional theater, travels back to Ancient Rome for its second production of the 2018-19 season, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The Tony Award-winning farce written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, takes the stage Nov. 17 to Dec. 30.
The show’s 10-member ensemble tells the tale of Pseudolus, a devious slave who makes a deal to win his freedom by playing matchmaker for his lovesick master, Hero. Filled with pompous generals, domineering parents, and wiley courtesans, this gender-swapped musical is a non-stop laugh-fest.
Overseeing the production is Director Darren Katz, who returns to Gulfshore Playhouse following his success with last season’s hit, “Leading Ladies.” New York City-based Katz specializes in the development of new musicals, and unique storytelling rooted in autobiography, and previously served as an associate director for Broadway’s “The Lion King.”