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August 6
through September 1

book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

music director Ethyl Will
directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Originally Produce on Broadway by
Harold Prince

Now thru September 1

"...as timeless as comedy itself." - The New York Times 

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical that tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door.

The musical's original 1963 Broadway run won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book. A Funny Thing has enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals and was made into a successful film starring the original lead of the musical, Zero Mostel.

Peter Scolari (Prologus/Pseudolus) started his career on the New York stage, which led to several television appearances. His work on the World War II-set "Goodtime Girls" (ABC, 1980) alongside Annie Potts helped bring him to the attention of network executives, who subsequently cast him as one of the two stars, the other a young Tom Hanks, in "Bosom Buddies" (ABC, 1980-82), a small screen homage to the classic cross-dressing comedy, "Some Like it Hot" (1959). He quickly moved on to his longest lasting and best-received role when he joined the cast of "Newhart" (CBS, 1982-1990) as the uptight Michael Harris, a local TV producer and the quintessential neurotic yuppie. Scolari won over critics and audiences alike with his hilarious hyperkinetic character, earning a Viewers for Quality Television Award and three Emmy nominations for his role.

Scolari has Broadway credits with roles in shows like "Hairspray" and "Sly Fox". His high-profile spot among Scolari's constant stream of TV guest spots and voiceover work came as a lonely boy riding "The Polar Express" (2004) alongside friend Tom Hanks in the animated holiday movie.

Scolari voiced a game show host version of himself in an episode of "American Dad!" (Fox, 2005-) and Ray Palmer/Atom on "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" (Cartoon Network, 2008-2011). Scolari is now cast on the hit cable sitcom "Girls" (HBO, 2012- ), created by young comic phenom Lena Dunham.
Conrad John Schuck (Senex) In 50 years as an actor, John has appeared on Broadway in ANNIE with Sarah Jessica Parker, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN with Reba, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT with Matthew Broderick, and JUNO at Encores. London saw him in THE CAINE MUTINY with Charleton Heston and he has performed in regional theatres from San Francisco to Baltimore, MD.  Moviegoers will remember him as Painless in MASH and in STAR TREK 4 & 6. His first screen kiss was with Elizabeth Taylor.  On television he is remembered for Sgt. Enright in MACMILLIAN & WIFE with Rock Hudson and numerous guest appearances.

JACKIE HOFFMAN (Domina) was last seen in the recurring role of David's mother on NBC's The New Normal.  She has been in the original  Broadway casts of The Addams Family,  Xanadu, and Hairspray, for which she won the Theatre World Award for most outstanding Broadway debut.  Other Off-Broadway plays include A Chanukah Charol, The Tribeca Theatre Festival, The Gingerbread House, The Book of Liz, for which Jackie won the Obie award for best actress, Straightjacket, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob (Lincoln Center Theatre Festival) and One Woman Shoe.  Regional Theatre:  Chicago at the MUNY, The Sisters Rosensweig at the Globe Theatre.  Jackie starred in six revues at The Second City theatre in Chicago, where she won the Jeff Award for Best Actress.  Jackie’s solo shows at Joe’s Pub, all directed by Michael Schiralli, have all received tremendous critical acclaim.  Her show “The Kvetching Continues” won Time Out New York’s outstanding achievement award and was the longest running show in Joe’s Pub’s history.  Other solo shows:  “Jackie Five-Oh!,” “Chanukah at Joe’s Pub” (Bistro Award), “Scraping the Bottom,” and “Jackie with a Z.”  Jackie won a Mac Award in 2009 for Best Female Stand Up. She can be seen in the films Birdman,The Sitter, The Extra Man, How to Seduce Difficult Women,  A Dirty Shame, Garden State, Legally Blonde II, Kissing Jessica Stein, and  Mo’ Money.  Her television appearances have included  “The New Normal,” “Raising Hope,” “Melissa and Joey,” “On We Go,” “30 Rock,” “Starved,” “Hope and Faith,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Strangers with Candy,” “TV Funhouse,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Soulman,” “Cosby,” as well as the voices for the cartoons "High School USA," "Family Guy," “Dilbert," “PB & J Otter,” and the film Robots.   Website: www.jackiehoffman.com Facebook:www.facebook.com/officialjackiehoffman  Twitter: @jackiehoffman16

Jen Bechter - (Panacea) is so happy to join the Bay Street family.  National Tours: Elf (Deb), Beauty and the Beast (Madame La Bouche), R&H Cinderella starring Lea Salonga (Portia). Favorites: Debbie Does Dallas the Musical (Lisa), Dames at sea (Mona), BFA from Wichita State University. Thanks to my family and support system J.E.L.K and Meg Pantera. www.jenbechter.com "Make Em Laugh"
Halley Cianfarini (Tintinnabulla) is thrilled to make her equity debut with this delightful romp.  She grew up in the Berkshires of Western MA and is named after Halley’s Comet!  New York theater: Angelina Ballerina: The Musical (original cast swing), Show Me Real (NYMF invitation, originated Sadie). Regional credits include: Trojan Women and A Christmas Carol at Berkshire Theatre Festival, Chicago (June) at The Little Theatre on the Square (with Colleen Sexton), Damn Yankees at The Colonial Theatre of Pittsfield; Forum (Vibrata), Cats (Rumpleteazer), Grease (Cha Cha), Annie (Annette), Pippin (Fastrada).  Film: Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock (Earthlight Player).  Halley was a judge for the Gotham Screen International Film Festival last fall.  She has worked at Tanglewood and Barrington Stage Company, and is currently completing her pilates teaching certification at the Kane School. BA Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College.   Love and gratitude to Marcia, Binder Casting, Bay Street Theater, my sweet family and Arron.

Jessica Crouch (Vibrata) is thrilled to be making her debut at the Bay Street Theatre.  A native Californian, Jessica has been lucky enough to travel both land and sea performing for national tours, regional theatres, and singing for Carnival Cruise Lines.  Last summer, she made a career out of playing Elle Woods in Legally Blonde for theatre companies on both the East and West coasts, winning a StageSceneLa Award along the way.  Jessica is pleased to announce that she will be in the cast of the 1st National Tour of Queen's musical We Will Rock You this Fall.  Proud AEA member. 

Tom Deckman (Hysterium) is thrilled to return to Bay Street after having made his professional debut right here in the 2001 production of HAIR (also directed by Ms. Dodge!) Since then...Broadway: SPAMALOT (also first national tour); GOOD VIBRATIONS. Other NY: SOUTH PACIFIC in concert at Carnegie Hall; DEAD MAN WALKING (NYCO). Regional: World Premiere of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU (George Street Playhouse, dir. David Hyde Pierce); Shakespeare Theatre Company; Two River Theatre, Denver Center Theatre; Orpheum Theatre (San Francisco); Goodspeed Opera House; Fulton Theatre. TV: Law & Order: SVU; Sex and the City; Blue Bloods; Haute and Bothered; Hope and Faith.

Lora Lee Gayer (Philia) is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and high school graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. She was recently seen playing Young Sally in "Follies" on Broadway, at the Kennedy Center and Ahmanson. NY credits: Mable "Pipe Dream" Encores!, Elektra "These Seven Sicknesses" EPBB,  Fusima/Chloe "Back to Methusala pt 2" Gingold Theater Group, various readings and workshops. Selected Regional: Carrie "Carousel", Rosemary "How to Succeed...", Roxie "Chicago", Mrs.Gottlieb "Dead Man's Cellphone". Lora Lee will be in the film "Towheads" coming out later this year. Love to all friends and teachers, BRS, Mommy, Daddy, T.G. And AliCat!

Glenn Giron (Protean) is thrilled to make his Bay Street Theater debut! Native of Santa Fe, NM he started his training with National Dance Institute of New Mexico.  He went on to train with ballet companies across the country and is now working with NDI-NY. Favorite credits include; Patsy (Spamalot National Tour), Mungojerrie(CATS), as well as ensemble and featured work in; 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Swing!, The Who’s Tommy, Anything Goes, Nutcracker Rated: R, My Fair Lady, and George M!. Special thanks to Jay Binder, the production team, the crew here at Bay Street, and About Artists! All his love to the rest of the Giron's, soon to be wife Tara and their little puppy Niko!

LAURENT GIROUX (Marcus Lycus) has been seen as King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar the A.D. Tour and Rooster Hannigan in Annie the 20th Anniversary Tour. On Broadway he appeared in Pippin, Chicago and Dancin’ (for Director Bob Fosse), The NYSF productions of Two Gentleman of Verona and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, as well as Zorba and Ambassador. Regionally he played The Street Singer in Threepenny Opera at the Williamstown Theatre Festival [’91 and ’03 productions], Msr. Le Marquis in The Bakers Wife [Goodspeed & Papermill productions], The Padre in Man of La Mancha [TUTS], Mr. Paravinci in The Mousetrap [WST] and Schlegel in Carnival [Goodspeed]. Mr. Giroux can also be seen in the film Far From Heaven. For more information visit his website www.laurentgiroux.com.

Shiloh Goodin (Assoc. Choreographer & Geminae) Choreography: The Drowsy Chaperone, Yale Dramatic Association, Assoc. Choreographer; Mendacity, Frigid Festival; Choreographer; Band of Gypsies, St Lukes Theatre, Featured Choreographer.  NY: Babes in Toyland, Lincoln Center; 50 Shades of F***ed Up, Triad NYC, Broadway Variatease, Triad NYC. Tours: Camelot, McCoy Rigby. Regional: Anything Goes (Maltz Jupiter), Hairspray, Gypsy, My Fair Lady, Funny Thing/Forum (Sacramento Music Circus), Guys and Dolls (Musical Theatre West), Dead End (Ahmanson Theatre). Companies: ESS Danceworks, ShockraArts, Brockus Project. TV: “Madmen.” Proud AEA member. Alumni of the University of Southern California. www.shilohgoodin.com.

Nathaniel Hackmann (Miles Gloriosus) is thrilled to be making his debut with Bay Street! He is a crossover specialist in both Broadway and operatic repertoires.  His past credits include: National Tour: Les Miserables (Valjean 1/w), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Gaston). Regional: Les Miserables (Valjean), Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro), Carousel (Billy Bigelow), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), La Boheme (Marcello), Camelot (Lancelot).  Proud member of AEA. Love and thanks: God, the love of my life: Nicole, our beautiful baby: Alexander, my friend and agent: Sheldon, and YOU for supporting this COMEDY TONIGHT!!!

Grant Haralson (Protean) recently graduated from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre. Favorite college credits include The Producers, She Loves Me, Yo Vikings!, and A Chorus Line. Regional credits include Big River and Phantom with 8th Wonder Productions. Directing credits include The Rising of the Moon and The Courier for the Raymond Laine Memorial One-Act Festival and, independently, a new adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Grant would like to sincerely thank the entire creative team for this wonderful experience.

Stewart Lane (Erronius) After receiving a BFA in Acting from Boston University, Lane performed at New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Bucks County Playhouse , Forestburgh Theatre, Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Cape Cod Playhouse, Pocono Playhouse, Tanglewood Barn Theater, Fox Hollow Theater, Piedmont Repertory Theatre, and the Little Theatre on the Square. Lane then turned his focus to management, producing and directing  and has since won five Tony Awards and an Olivier as a producer. He has directed plays off-broadway and in regional theaters.  His plays have been produced off-broadway and in regional theater , and his books Let's Put on A Show, Jews on Broadway and the upcoming Black on Broadway are the textbooks used in several college courses. Christened by his wife as "Mr Broadway", you can learn more about him at his website  www.mrbroadway.com 

Terry Lavell (Gymnasia) is a native of New Orleans, LA. He just recently finished the 1st national tour of La Cage Aux Folles starring George Hamilton after completing a Broadway run in the Tony Award winning revival cast starring Kelsey Grammer. National tours include Hairspray (Las Vegas) as Seaweed and Smokey Joes Cafe as Adrian. Regional credits: Aida (FCLO, “Ensemble”), Boys from Syracuse (Baltimore Centerstage, “Seress”), Forum (Denver Arts Center, "Protean"). Terry has also been seen in NYMF/Fringe festival productions of Castronauts, Scandalous People and Invisible Life to name a few.TV/Film: Sex In The City, The Dave Chapelle Show, Happy Life: The Movie and Sheena. Terry has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State in Louisiana. To God be the Glory, love to GB Management and mama...BOOK!

Phoebe Pearl (Geminae) is over the moon to be making her Bay Street Theatre debut in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum! A Los Angeles native, Phoebe moved to the East coast to attend The Boston Conservatory and since then has relocated to New York City to do what she loves for a living. She has performed at Radio City Music Hall as a Rockette for the past 4 years and just finished a run of Thoroughly Modern Millie at Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. Many thanks to Marcia Milgrom Dodge and all the cast and crew at Bay Street! Unconditional love to Mama, Dada and God!

Nick Verina (Hero)Broadway: Follies (Young Ben), National Tours: Grease (1st National 2010, Sonny), Off-Broadway/Regional: Sense and Sensibility (The Denver Center, Edward Ferrars), Follies (Kennedy Center and The Ahmanson in L.A.), Altar Boyz (Chicago production, Abe), Fiddler on the Roof (PCLO, Perchik), Forbidden Broadway: SVU, That Time of the Year (York Theatre), Wallenberg (NYMF), Balls: The Musical (Theatre Row and NYMF, co-author) Recordings: Follies (2011 revival), That Time of the Year (York Theatre, original cast recording), Training: Second City Chicago, UCB New York. Love and thanks to Erin and his family. www.NickVerina.com

J. Morgan White (Protean) Bay Street Theatre debut! Previous work includes Cats (North American tour, Plato/Macavity), Guys & Dolls (Flat Rock Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theater), Carousel, The Music Man, and Urinetown, as well as several workshops and contemporary dance concerts in New York City. I am so inspired by this cast! "To see us dance is to hear our hearts sing."