TheaterWorks takes up Broadway classic with ‘Forum’

From left, Anna Sell, Deserae McCall, Hector Coris, Thea Eigo and Delaney Spanko lead the cast of TheaterWorks’ upcoming “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” [Josiah Duka Photography/Special to Independent Newsmedia]

A Broadway classic is making its way to the Gyder Theater stage inside the Peoria Center for Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Drive.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” opens its 12-show run with a 7:30 p.m. performance Friday, Feb. 15 through TheaterWorks.

“Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written,” TheaterWorks states. “‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ 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.”

The plot has Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggling to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.This production contains content that may not be suitable for all audiences, the theatre adds.

The musical’s original 1962 Broadway run, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Author (Musical).



What: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

Who: TheaterWorks

When: Opens 7:30 p.m. performance Friday, Feb. 15. Production runs through March 3.

Where: Gyder Theater, Peoria Center for Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave.

Tickets: $16-38

More Information: Email the box office at or call 623-815-7930 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday

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