Friday, February 6, 2015
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
And my Sondheim series concludes with his first commercial hit.
"It's noisy, coarse, blue and obvious like the putty nose on a burlesque comedian. Resist these slickly paced old comic routines if you can." ~ Howard Taubman. New York Times. 1962.
"Yet for all of its disguises, mistaken identities, pratfalls and leering jokes, "A Funny Thing" is as sophisticated as anything now on Broadway. In its own lunatic way, it's both wise and rigorously disciplined. Easy sentimentality is nowhere to be found here; in its place: the kind of organized chaos that leads to sheer, extremely contagious high spirits." ~ Vincent Canby. New York Times. 1996.