A Funny Thing...Forum

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Sondheim's joyous, musical romp through Rome has desperate lovers, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga.

Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and 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 Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named 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 unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine--"something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"

Concert Selections for A Funny Thing...Forum

Concert Selections are original Broadway orchestrations and exciting new symphonic arrangements of select songs for use in concert performances. Concert Selections are the perfect way to give audiences a taste of the musical theatre experience without the sets, props and costumes.

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  • BOWS ("FUNNY THING...FORUM")
    From
    FUNNY THING...FORUM, A
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    INSTRUMENTAL
    Starting Key
    Eb
    Estimated duration
    5 min 45 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    IRWIN KOSTAL & SID RAMIN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 3, 7 Viola, 17 Violin, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 1 Harp, 3 Percussion, 1 Piano Vocal, 2 Piano Conductor
  • BRING ME MY BRIDE
    From
    FUNNY THING...FORUM, A
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    MALE VOICE, CHORUS
    Starting Key
    Bbm
    Estimated duration
    5 min 20 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    IRWIN KOSTAL, SID RAMIN
    Instrumentation
    5 bass, 6 cello, 7 viola, 17 violins, 1 harp, 3 percussion, 1 reed 1, 1 reed 2, 1 reed 3, 1 reed 4, 1 reed 5, 3 trombones, 3 trumpets 2 Piano Vocal Scores, 2 Piano Conductor Scores, 25 Vocal Books
  • COMEDY TONIGHT
    From
    FUNNY THING...FORUM, A
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE, CHORUS
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    8 min 24 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    SID RAMIN & IRWIN KOSTAL
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1(Piccolo), 1 Flute 2, 1 English Horn, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 17 Violin, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Drum. 1 Harp, 2 Piano Conductor, 25 Chorus books
  • COMEDY TONIGHT ("SYMPHONIC SONDHEIM")
    From
    FUNNY THING...FORUM, A
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    CONCERT/SYMPHONIC ARRANGEMENT (INSTRUMENTAL)
    Starting Key
    F
    Estimated duration
    8 min 24 sec
    Music by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Arranged by
    DON SEBESKY
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Flute 3(Piccolo, Flute), 1 Oboe 1, 1 Oboe 2, 1 Clarinet 1(Bb and Eb clarinet), 1 Clarinet 2(Bb and Bass clarinet), 1 Clarinet 3(Bb and Bass clarinet),1 Bassoon 1, 1 Bassoon 2, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Horn 1,1 Horn 2, 1 Horn 3, 1 Horn 4, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 1 Tuba, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 1 Harp, 2 Percussion 1&2(Xylo, Hand held cymb, Small glock, Wood block, Mark tree, Flexatone tamborine, Tom toms, Small triangle, Vibes, Tuned wood block, Finger cymb, Rachet Slide whistle, Ooga horn), 2 Percussion 3&4(Tight snare, Timp, Bass drum, Bell tree, Mouth siren, Mounted cymb, Rubber duck, Cow bell, Sandpaper block, Chimes, Fire bell, Bulb horn, Slap stick, Crowcall), 1 Piano, 1 Full score
  • ENTR'ACTE ("FUNNY THING...FORUM")
    From
    FUNNY THING...FORUM, A
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    INSTRUMENTAL
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    4 min 10 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    IRWIN KOSTAL & SID RAMIN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 5 Bass, 6 Cello, 17 Violin, 7 Viola, 1 Harp, 3 Percussion, 1 PV, 2 Piano Conductor
  • EVERYBODY OUGHT TO HAVE A MAID
    From
    FUNNY THING...FORUM, A
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    4 Male Voices
    Starting Key
    D
    Estimated duration
    5 min 47 sec
    Music by
    Stephen Sondheim
    Lyrics by
    Stephen Sondheim
    Orchestrated by
    Irwin Kostal & Sid Ramin
    Instrumentation
    Reed I (Flute, Alto Saxophone 1), Reed II (Clarinet 1 in Bb, Alto Saxophone 2), Reed III (Clarinet 2 in Bb, Tenor Saxophone), Reed IV (Bass Clarinet), Reed 5 (Piccolo, Baritone Saxophone), 1 Oboe, 1 Bassoon, 3 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in Bb, 1 Trombone, (3) Percussion (Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Drums), 1 Harp, 1 Guitar, 1 Piano, (8) Viola, (6) Violoncello, (5) Contrabass. Your rental materials also include 1 Full Score and 4 Piano-Vocal Scores.
  • FINALE ULTIMO ("FUNNY THING...FORUM")
    From
    FUNNY THING...FORUM, A
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    CHORUS
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    2 min 5 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    IRWIN KOSTAL & SID RAMIN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 17 Viola, 3 Percussion, 1 Harp, 2 Piano Conductor, 1 Piano Vocal, 25 Chorus books
  • FREE
    From
    FUNNY THING...FORUM, A
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    2 MALE VOICES
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    5 min 35 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    IRWIN KOSTAL & SID RAMIN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 5 Bass, 7 Viola, 17 Violin, 6 Cello, 1 Harp, 3 Percussion, 1 PV, 2 Piano Conductor
  • IM CALM
    From
    FUNNY THING...FORUM, A
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    5 min
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    IRWIN KOSTAL & SID RAMIN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(Flute), 1 Reed 2(Clarinet), 1 Reed 3(Clarinet), 1 Reed 4(Clarinet, Bass Clarinet), 1 Reed 5(Piccolo,Clarinet), 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 17 Violin 1&2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 1 Harp, 3 Percussion (Xylo, Timp, Bells, Drum Set), 2 Piano/Conductor
  • LOVELY
    From
    FUNNY THING...FORUM, A
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    5 min 10 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    IRWIN KOSTAL & SID RAMIN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 1 Trumpet 3, 5 Bass, 17 Violin, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 3 Percussion, 1 Harp, 1 Piano Vocal, 2 Piano Conductor
  • OVERTURE ("FUNNY THING...FORUM")
    From
    FUNNY THING...FORUM, A
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    Db
    Estimated duration
    5 min 15 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    KOSTAL, IRWIN RAMIN, SID
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Oboe, 1 English horn, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2(Tenor sax), 1 Bass clarinet(Baritone sax), 1 Opt Tenor sax, 1 Opt,Baritone sax, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 17 Violin, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 1 Harp, 3 Percussion(TimpAb-Eb, Bells, Bongos, Vibes, Xylo, Drum set), 2 Piano Conductor
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December 30, 2010

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Getting ready to MD a community theater production of Forum. I've seen the orchestration list online. Can anyone comment on the following questions: * are any of the books optional? * are the woodwind doublings cued for optional instruments (I live in a small community, and it's difficult to find folks that double as indicated) Thanks. Any other words of wisdom from a conductor that has done the show would be appreciated! -- ken
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Optional instrumentation for Forum