LB Playhouse returns to musical theater

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Playhouse will end its 2010-11 Mainstage season with the musical comedy, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" by Stephen Sondheim, opening July 30.Appropriate for all ages, the lively and colorful comedy is loosely based on the early Roman comedies of Plautus. The musical includes such songs as "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid," "Lovely," "Pretty Little Picture" and the famous theater anthem, "Comedy Tonight." The production marks the Long Beach Playhouse's return to musical theater for the first time in "many years." "We felt it was something the community could really benefit from - not only will our audiences really enjoy a musical, but we have so many talented artists who love working on musical theatre pieces," said executive director Lauren Morris. "And there's really no substitute for Sondheim. He is undoubtedly the greatest musical theatre composer of the 20th century." "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" plays until Sept. 3. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $12 for students. A "pay-what-you-can" night is scheduled for July 28. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (562) 494-1014, ext. 500.

********** Published: July 14, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 13