A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 2023

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Director: Mel Hillman

Musical Director: Trevor Jones

Choreographer: Amy Zhang

Watch This, Australia's first and only Sondheim repertory company, make their Chapel Off Chapel debut with a world first reimagined production of the classic Broadway musical – featuring an all-female-identifying cast.

A fast-paced, witty, irreverent farce, it is considered one of the funniest musicals ever written. 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.

A nonstop laughfest in which Pseudolus struggles to win the hand of a beautiful courtesan named Philia for his master, Hero, in exchange for freedom from enslavement.

Renowned for their fresh and innovative interpretation of Sondheim's works in intimate spaces, Watch This will surprise audiences with their groundbreaking approach to this 1962 Tony Award winner. Directed by Melanie Hillman with music direction by Trevor Jones.

Supported by City of Stonnington.

Presented Sep 8th - Sep 24th, 2023 at Chapel Off Chapel

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).


Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim


Charmaine Gorman (Pseudolus/Prologus Act 1), Milo Hartill (Hero), Jacqui Hoy (Hysterium), Mel O'Brien (Philia), Sophie Weiss (Domina), Luisa Scrofani (Miles Gloriosus), Cathy Woodhouse (Senex), Sarahlouise Younger (Marcus Lycus), Judith Roberts (Erronius) and Kristie Nguy (All the ensemble incl. Courtesans).

Assistant Director Bobbie-Jean Henning
Set Designer Sarah Tulloch
Costume Designer Jemima Johnston
Lighting Designer Rob Sowinski
Sound Designer Marcello Lo Rico
Production Manager Anna Davies
Creative Producer Dean Drieberg
Publicist Jai Cameron