Federico Tedeschi returns to the podcast to discuss Plautus, Roman drama, and a little farce. The new season is here! A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is the first Broadway musical that Stephen Sondheim was (finally) able to write both lyrics and music. Comedy Tonight is the most famous song from the show. On this episode Federico and Kyle discuss whether it holds up, if it's actually funny, and the differences between the original and the revivals.
Federico's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/federicotedeschi1/
Nathan Lane (with the help of Bernadette Peters and Liza Minnelli) opens up the 50th Annual Tony Awards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Orl8Ga2w9u4
You can purchase Stephen Sondheim's first book of lyrics, Finishing the Hat, by going here: https://amzn.to/2LB9ZJo
We are using three productions to frame our discussion of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
The original Broadway cast starring Zero Mostel (1962)
You can listen to it on Apple Music: https://apple.co/2YY5IWG
Or get it via digital download on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2I374dQ
Or listen to it on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2D02Qzx
The movie version starring Zero Mostel (1966)
You can listen to it on Apple Music: https://apple.co/2Idz8uh
Or get it via digital download on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2D1K7DE
The Broadway revival starring Nathan Lane (1996)
You're only able to purchase the physical copy on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KfnJwJ
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What is Putting It Together?
This is a podcast about Stephen Sondheim's entire body of work show by show and song by song. Each week Kyle Marshall invites an expert to discuss a Sondheim song in-depth. Together they discover the humour, how the songs inform character, and any hidden meanings. Most importantly they try to understand the man behind the music, the Shakespeare of our time, as best they can.