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  A Funny Thing Happened
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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Based on the plays "Miles Gloriosus", "Pseudolus",
and "Mostellaria" by Plautus (251-183 B.C.)

1962 Broadway Production

Tryouts began March 31, 1962 at the Shubert Theatre, New Haven CT
Closed April 7, 1962; Ran for 8 performances and 1 preview
Opened April 11, 1962 at the National Theatre, Washington DC
Closed April 28, 1962; Ran for 22 performances
Previews began May 2, 1962 at the Alvin Theatre, NYC
Ran for 7 preview performances

Forum, Broadway Production [poster]

Opened May 8, 1962 at the Alvin Theatre
Closed August 29, 1964; Ran for 964 performances
Produced by Harold Prince
Directed by George Abbott
Choreography and Musical Staging by Jack Cole
Settings and Costumes by Tony Walton
Lighting by Jean Rosenthal
Dance Music Arranged by Hal Schaefer
Musical Direction by Harold Hastings
Orchestrations by Irwin Kostal and Sid Ramin

Forum, Broadway Production [playbill]

Cast

Prologus - Zero Mostel
The Proteans - Eddie Phillips, George Reeder, David Evans
Senex - David Burns
Domina - Ruth Kobart
Hero - Brian Davies
Hysterium - Jack Gilford
Marcus Lycus - John Carradine
Pseudolus - Zero Mostel
Tintinnabula - Roberta Keith
Panacea - Lucienne Bridou
The Geminae - Elisa James, Judy Alexander
Vibrata - Myrna White
Gymnasia - Gloria Kristy
Philia - Preshy Marker
Erronius - Raymond Walburn
Miles Gloriosus - Ronald Holgate

Replacements

Pseudolus - Zero Mostel [replaced by Jerry Lester, then Dick Shawn]
Protean - George Reeder [replaced by Ron Ross]
Senex - David Burns [replaced by Frank McHugh]
Hero - Brian Davies [replaced by Harry David Snow]
Marcus Lycus - John Carradine [replaced by Erik Rhodes, then Danny Dayton]
Tintinnabula - Roberta Keith [replaced by Ethel Martin]
Panacea - Lucienne Bridou [replaced by Barbara London]
Geminae - Judy Alexander [replaced by Lisa Ackerman]
Vibrata - Myrna White [replaced by Sally Neal]
Erronius - Raymond Walburn [replaced by Horace Cooper]

Musical Numbers

Act One

  • Overture - Orchestra
  • "Comedy Tonight" - Prologus and the Proteans
  • "Love, I Hear" - Hero
  • "Free" - Pseudolus and Hero
  • "Lovely" - Hero and Philia
  • "Pretty Little Picture" - Pseudolus, Hero, Philia
  • "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" - Senex, Pseudolus, Hysterium, Lycus
  • "I'm Calm" - Hysterium
  • "Impossible" - Senex and Hero
  • "Bring Me My Bride" - Miles Gloriosus, Pseudolus, and Company

Act Two

  • "That Dirty Old Man" - Domina
  • "That'll Show Him" - Philia
  • "Lovely" (reprise) - Pseudolus and Hysterium
  • Funeral Sequence - Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus, and Company
  • Finale - Company

Tony Awards

  • Best Musical
  • Best Producer (Harold Prince)
  • Best Book (Larry Gelbart t and Burt Shevelove)
  • Best Director (George Abbott)
  • Best Actor in a Musical (Zero Mostel)
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (David Burns)

Recording

Forum [OBC]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum -
Original Broadway Cast
Produced by Andy Wiswell and Dick Jones

  • LP [mono], 1962 [Capitol WAO 1717]
  • LP [stereo], 1962 [Capitol SWAO 1717]
  • LP [mono] reissue, 1967 [Capitol W 1717]
  • LP [stereo] reissue, 1967 [Capitol SW 1717]
  • LP, 1982 [Time-Life Records STL-AM12]
    [with Company and A Little Night Music]
  • Cassette, 1982 [Time-Life Records 4TL-AM12]
    [with Company and A Little Night Music]
  • Compact Disc, 1990 [Bay Cities BCD 3002]

Remastered Version
Digitally remastered by Bob Norberg
Liner notes by Marc Kirkeby

  • Compact Disc, 1993 [Angel ZDM 7 64770 2 2] (43:48 mins.)

Selections:

Overture (3:14), Comedy Tonight (5:00), Love, I Hear (2:51), Free (3:35), Lovely (3:08), Pretty Little Picture (2:52), Everybody Ought to Have a Maid (3:50), I'm Calm (2:52), Impossible (2:33), Bring Me My Bride (3:22), That'll Show Him (1:49), Lovely (reprise) (2:56), Funeral Sequence (2:05), Finale (1:21)

1963 London Production

Forum, London [playbill]

Opened October 3, 1963 at the Strand Theatre
Closed July 31, 1965; Ran for 762 performances
Produced by Harold Prince, Tony Walton and Richard Pilbrow
Directed by George Abbott
Musical Numbers originally staged by Jack Cole re-staged by George Martin
Settings and Costumes by Tony Walton
Lighting by Jean Rosenthal
Orchestrations by Irwin Kostal and Sid Ramin
Musical Direction by Alyn Ainsworth
Dance Arrangements by Hal Schaefer

Cast

Prologus - Frankie Howerd
The Proteans - Ben Aris, George Giles, Malcolm Macdonald
Senex - "Monsewer" Eddie Gray
Domina - Linda Gray
Hero - John Rye
Hysterium - Kenneth Connor
Pseudolus - Frankie Howerd
Marcus Lycus - Jon Pertwee
Tintinnabula - Norma Dunbar
Panacea - Christine Child
The Geminae - Marion Horton, Vyvyan Dunbar
Vibrata - Faye Craig
Gymnasia - Sula Freeman
Philia - Isla Blair
Erronius - Robertson Hare
Miles Gloriosus - Leon Greene

Musical Numbers

[same as the Broadway Production]

Recording

Forum [UK]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum -
Original London Cast
Produced by Norman Newell

  • LP [mono], 1963 [His Master's Voice/EMI [UK] CLP 1685]
  • LP [stereo], 1963 [His Master's Voice/EMI [UK] CSD 1518]
  • LP reissue, 1982 [Stet DS-15028]
  • Cassette, 1982 [Stet DSC-15028]
  • LP reissue, 19?? [First Night [UK] OCR 3]
  • Cassette, 19?? [First Night [UK] OCR C3]

Remastered Version
Digitally Remastered by Steve Rooke and Vic Lanza
Liner Notes by Rexton S. Burnett

  • Compact Disc, 1993 [West End Angel 7243 5 65070 2 9] (44:25 mins.)

Selections:

Overture (2:57), Comedy Tonight (6:13), Love, I Hear (2:43), Free (3:51), Lovely (3:27), Pretty Little Picture (2:49), Everybody Ought to Have a Maid (3:49), I'm Calm (1:44), Impossible (2:35), Bring Me My Bride (3:14), That'll Show Him (1:53), Lovely (2:56), Funeral Sequence & Dance (2:34), Comedy Tonight (1:16)

1964 US National Touring Production

Forum 1963/64 Tour Program

Opened December 25, 1963 at the Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia PA
Closed August 31, 1964 at the Shubert Theatre, Chicago IL
Presented by Martin Tahse by arrangement with Harold Prince
Directed by George Abbott
Choreography and Musical Staging by Jack Cole
Settings and Costumes by Tony Walton
Lighting by Jean Rosenthal
Dance Music Arranged by Hal Schaefer
Musical Direction by Joseph D. Lewis
Orchestrations by Irwin Kostal and Sid Ramin

Cast

Prologus - Jerry Lester
The Proteans - David Newman, Scott Hunter, Eric Kelly
Senex - Paul Hartman
Domina - Justine Johnston
Hero - Bert Stratford
Hysterium - Arnold Stang
Marcus Lycus - Erik Rhodes
Pseudolus - Jerry Lester
Tintinnabula - Tisa Chang
Panacea - Gloria Mills
The Geminae - Helen Levit, Pamela Hayford
Vibrata - Helen Sylvia
Gymnasia - Ricki Covette
Philia - Donna McKechnie
Erronius - Edward Everett Horton
Miles Gloriosus - Adair McGowen

Musical Numbers

[same as the original Broadway Production]

1965 UK Touring Production

Forum 1965 UK Tour Leaflet

Opened 27 September, 1965 at the Kings Theatre, Southsea UK
Closed 4 December, 1965 at the New Theatre, Hull UK
Ran for 55 performances
Presented by M.J.S. Ltd. in association with D.E. Ltd. (by arrangement with Forum Ventures)
Original Production directed by George Abbott
Re-directed by Kenneth Connor
Musical Numbers originally staged by Jack Cole re-staged by Stella Clare
Settings and Costumes by Tony Walton
Orchestra under the direction of Derek New

Cast

Prologus - Dave King
The Proteans - Gary Downie, Duggie Dean, Johnny Tudor
Senex - "Monsewer" Eddie Gray
Domina - Joan Hurley
Hero - Michael Booth
Hysterium - Charles Hawtrey
Pseudolus - Dave King
Marcus Lycus - David Davenport
Tintinnabula - Zuleika
Panacea - Anne Delyse
The Geminae - Sue and Wendy Cross
Vibrata - Carlien Bartels
Gymnasia - Sara Brackett
Philia - Sian Hopkins
Erronius - Charlie Naughton
Miles Gloriosus - George Reibbitt

Musical Numbers

[same as the original Broadway Production]

1966 Film Version
Forum [film poster]

Released through United Artists on October 16, 1966
Produced by Melvin Frank Productions
Directed by Richard Lester
Screenplay by Melvin Frank and Michael Pertwee
Musical Direction and Incidental Music by Ken Thorne
Production and Costumes Designed by Tony Walton
Director of Photography: Nicholas Roeg
Editor: John Victor Smith
Dances by George and Ethel Martin

Cast

Pseudolus - Zero Mostel
Marcus Lycus - Phil Silvers
Erronius - Buster Keaton
Hysterium - Jack Gilford
Hero - Michael Crawford
Philia - Annette Andre
Senex - Michael Hordern
Domina - Patricia Jessel
Gymnasia - Inga Neilsen
Miles Gloriosus - Leon Green
Tintinnabula - Helen Funai
Panacea - Lucienne Bridou
The Geminae - Jennifer and Susan Baker
Vibrata - Myrna White
Fertilla - Janet Webb
High Priestess - Pamela Brown
Guard - Alfie Bass

Musical Numbers

  • "Comedy Tonight" - Pseudolus and Company
  • "Lovely" - Hero and Philia
  • "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" - Senex, Pseudolus, Hysterium, Lycus
  • "Bring Me My Bride" (as "My Bride")- Miles Gloriosus and Company
  • "Lovely" (reprise) - Pseudolus and Hysterium
  • Funeral Sequence (as The Dirge) - Miles Gloriosus and Company
  • "Comedy Tonight" (finale) - Company

Academy Award

  • Scoring of Musical Adaptation or Treatment (Ken Thorne)

Recording

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum -
Film Soundtrack Recording
Musical direction by Ken Thorne
Sound Engineer: Eric Tomlinson

  • LP [mono], 1966 [United Artists UAL 4144]
  • LP [stereo], 1966 [United Artists UAS 5144]
  • LP reissue, 19?? [United Artists SW-90966] (36 mins.)
  • LP reissue, 1974 [United Artists LA 284-G] [deleted 1977]
  • Cassette, 1974 [United Artists EA 284-H]
  • 8-track Cartridge, 1974 [United Artists EA 284-H] [deleted 1977]
Remastered Version

  • Compact Disc, 1998 [Rykodisc RCD 10727] ( mins.)

Selections:

Tiba Solo * / Comedy Tonight (3:27), Search for Mare's Sweat * (0:39), Lovely (2:47), Tintinabula's Dance * (0:58), Vibrata's Dance * (0:45), Roman Emissary * (0:35), Everybody Ought to Have a Maid (2:51), Riot at the Funeral * (1:24), Domina Returns (Fanfare) * / My Bride (2:37), Erronious Returns * (0:27), Orgy Music...Roman Style * (1:57), Lovely (reprise) (2:16), In the Arena * (1:38), The Dirge (3:40), The Rescue of Philia * / The Chase (5:57), Comedy Tonight / Playout (3:28)

* Note: these selections are incidental music by Ken Thorne

Video Recording

  • Videotape [VHS], [CBS/Fox 4618]
  • Videotape [VHS remastered], 1991 [MGM/UA M202258]
  • Laserdisc, 1981 [CBS/Fox 461880]
  • Laserdisc [letterboxed, remastered], 1993 [MGM/UA ML102258]
  • DVD [widescreen], 2000 [MGM 1168420] (97 mins.)
DVD

1971 Los Angeles Production

Opened October 13, 1971 at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles CA
Closed November 20, 1971; Ran for 47 performances
Presented by the Centre Theatre Group of Los Angeles
(Robert Fryer, Managing Director)
Directed by Burt Shevelove
Choreography by Ralph Beaumont
Settings by James Trittipo
Costumes by Noel Taylor
Lighting by H. R. Poindexter
Orchestrations by Irwin Kostal and Sid Ramin
Musical and Vocal Direction by Jack Lee
Dance Music Arranged by Hal Schaefer
Additional Dance Music by Richard De Benedictis
Production Associate: Robert Linden

Cast

Prologus - Phil Silvers
Senex - Lew Parker
Domina - Nancy Walker
Hero - John Hansen
Hysterium - Larry Blyden
Pseudolus - Phil Silvers
Marcus Lycus - Carl Ballantine
Erronius - Reginald Owen
Miles Gloriosus - Carl Lindstrom
Tintinnabula - Ann Jillian
Panacea - Gloria Mills
The Geminae - Trish Mahoney, Sonja Haney
Vibrata - Keita Keita
Gymnasia - Charlene Ryan
Philia - Pamela Hall
The Proteans - Marc Breaux, Marc Wilder, Joe Ross

Musical Numbers

[same as the original Broadway Production except "That'll Show Him" was dropped, and "Echo Song" (sung by Hero and Philia) was added; and a new song was written for this production: "Farewell" (sung by Domina)]

1972 Broadway Revival

Forum, 1972 Broadway Revival [playbill]

[Based upon the 1971 Los Angeles Production]

Opened April 4, 1972 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Closed August 12, 1972; Ran for 156 performances
Presented by David Black in Association with Seymour Vail and Henry Honeckman
Produced by Larry Blyden
Directed by Burt Shevelove
Choreography by Ralph Beaumont
Settings by James Trittipo
Costumes by Noel Taylor
Lighting by H. R. Poindexter
Musical and Vocal Direction by Milton Rosenstock

Cast

Prologus - Phil Silvers [replaced by John Bentley, then by Tom Poston]
Senex - Lew Parker [replaced by Mort Marshall]
Domina - Lizabeth Pritchett
Hero - John Hansen
Hysterium - Larry Blyden
Pseudolus - Phil Silvers
Marcus Lycus - Carl Ballantine
Erronius - Reginald Owen
Miles Gloriosus - Carl Lindstrom
Tintinnabula - Lauren Lucas
Panacea - Barbara Brown
The Geminae - Kerry McGrath, Trudy Carson
Vibrata - Keita Keita
Gymnasia - Lisa Clarson
Philia - Pamela Hall
The Proteans - Bill Starr, Chad Block, Joe Ross

Musical Numbers

[same as the1971 Los Angeles Production except "Pretty Little Picture" was dropped]


Tony Awards

  • Best Actor: Musical (Phil Silvers)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Musical (Larry Blyden)

1986 London Revival

Forum, 1986 London Revival [poster]

Opened November 14, 1986 at the Piccadilly Theatre
Ran for 49 performances
Produced by Richard Pilbrow, Pamela Hay
and Norman Rothstein for Theatre Projects Associates,
in association with David Bulasky and Geoffrey Young
Directed by Larry Gelbart
Choreography and Musical Staging by George Martin
Settings and Costumes by Tony Walton
Lighting by Robert Ornbo
Musical Direction by Godfrey Salmon

Cast

Pseudolus - Frankie Howerd
Senex - Patrick Cargill
Domina - Betty Benfield
Hero - Graeme Smith
Hysterium - Ronnie Stevens
Marcus Lycus - Fred Evans
Erronius - Derek Royle
Miles Gloriosus - Leon Greene
Philia - Lydia Watson
The Proteans - Max Cane, Richard Drabble, Chris Eyden
The Geminae - Julie and Tracy Collins
Gymnasia - Elizabeth Elvin
Tintinnabula - Claire Lutter
Vibrata - Sharon Stephens
Panacea - Billi Wylde

1987 National Touring Company Production

Opened March 2, 1987 at the Shubert Theatre, New Haven CT
Produced by Guber / Gross / Young Productions
Directed by George Martin
Choreographer: Ethel Martin
Scenery by Michael Bottari and Ronald Case
Costumes by Gail Cooper-Hecht
Lighting by Richard Winkler
Sound: Abe Jacob
Musical Direction by Sherman Frank

Cast

Prologus - Mickey Rooney
The Proteans - James Darrah, Steven Geller, Reed Jones
Senex - Robert Nichols
Domina - Marsha Bagwell
Hero - Bob Walton
Hysterium - Lenny Wolpe
Pseudolus - Mickey Rooney
Lycus - Mitchell Greenberg
Tintinnabula - Zoie Lam
Panacea - Karen Byers
The Geminae - Lori Ellen Mello, Renee Robertson
Vibrata - Victoria Dillard
Gymnasia - Lesley Durnin
Philia - Jennifer Lee Andrews
Erronius - Frank Nastasi
Miles Gloriosus - Michael Dantuono

1991 York Theatre Production

Opened March 22, 1991 at the York Theatre at St. Peter's Church, NYC [off-Broadway]
Closed April 28, 1991; Ran for 26 performances
Produced by the York Theatre Company
[Janet Hayes Walker, Producing Director; Molly Pickering Grose, Managing Director]
Director and Choreographer: Pamela Hunt
Associate Choreographer: Michelle Yarashko
Set Designer: James Morgan Costume Designer: Beba Shamash
Lighting Designer: Mary Jo Dondlinger
Musical Director: Lynn Crigler

Cast

Prologus / Pseudolus - Jack Cirillo
Senex - John Remme
Domina - Chris Callen
Hero - Jeffrey Herbst
Hysterium - Jason Graae
Marcus Lycus - Tony Aylward
Erronius - Jim Harder
Miles Gloriosus - Ken Parks
Philia - Deborah Graham
The Proteans - John Dietrich, Mark DiNicola, Barry Finkel
The Geminae - Denise Ledonne, Isabel Rose
Gymnasia - Sloan Wilding
Tintinnabula - Hope Harris
Vibrata - Valerie Macklin

1996 Broadway Revival

Previews began March 18, 1996 [36 performances]
Opened April 18, 1996 at the St. James Theatre
Closed January 4, 1998; Ran for 715 performances
Produced by Jujamcyn Theaters, Scott Rudin/Paramount Pictures,
The Viertel-Baruch-Frankel Group, Roger Berlind, Dodger Productions
Directed by Jerry Zaks
Choreographed by Rob Marshall
Set and Costume Design by Tony Walton
Lighting Design by Paul Gallo
Sound Design by Tony Meola
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Musical Supervision by Edward Strauss
Dance Music Arrangement by David Chase
Musical Coordinator: Seymour Red Press
Hair Design by David H. Lawrence

Cast

Prologus/Pseudolus - Nathan Lane
[replaced on February 17, 1997 by Whoopi Goldberg;
replaced on July 15, 1997 by David Alan Grier]
The Proteans - Brad Aspel, Cory English, Ray Roderick
Senex - Lewis J. Stradlen
Domina - May Testa
Hero - Jim Stanek
Hysterium - Mark Linn-Baker
Marcus Lycus - Ernie Sabella
Tintinabula - Pamela Everett
Panacea - Leigh Zimmerman
The Geminae - Susan Misner, Lori Werner
Vibrata - Mary Ann Lamb
Gymnasia - Stephanie Pope
Philia - Jessica Boevers
Erronius - William Duell
Miles Gloriosus - Cris Groenendaal

Musical Numbers

[same as the original Broadway Production except "Pretty Little Picture" is dropped (although recorded and available on the Cast Album), and the addition of "The House of Marcus Lycus" (sung by Marcus Lycus)]

Tony Award

  • Best Actor: Musical (Nathan Lane)

Other Awards

  • Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Director (Jerry Zaks)
  • Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Nathan Lane)
  • Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Nathan Lane)

Recording

Forum [1996]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum -
Original 1996 Broadway Cast Recording
Produced by Phil Ramone
Recorded by Frank Filipetti
Digitally recorded at the Hit Factory, NYC
Liner notes by Theodore S. Chapin
Lyrics included

  • Compact Disc, 1996 [Broadway Angel 7243 8 52223 2 0]
    (49:44 mins)

Selections:

Overture (1:51), Comedy Tonight (6:52), Love, I Hear (2:22), Free (3:17), House of Marcus Lycus (8:32), Lovely (2:37), Pretty Little Picture (2:55), Everybody Ought to Have a Maid (4:01), I'm Calm (1:31), Impossible (2:14), Bring Me My Bride (3:03), That Dirty Old Man (2:03), That'll Show Him (1:36), Lovely (reprise) (2:46), Funeral Sequence (2:41), Comedy Tonight (Finale) (1:15)

1999 Regent's Park, London Production

Opened July 23, 1999 at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London
Closed August 31, 1999
Presented by The New Shakespeare Company
Director: Ian Talbot
Choreographer: Lisa Kent
Set Designer: Paul Farnsworth
Music Supervisor and Director: Catherine Jayes
Lighting Designer: Jason Taylor

Cast

Prologue / Pseudolus - Roy Hudd
Proteans - Ben Hicks, Vincent Penfold, Giles Taylor, Tony Whittle
Senex - Michael Tudor Barnes
Domina - Susie Blake
Hero - Rhashan Stone
Hysterium - Gavin Muir
Lycus - Peter Forbes
Geminae - Sara Hillier; Rachel Mathews
Tintinabula - Rebecca Hartley
Gymnasia - Fiona Dunn
Vibrata - Natasha Bain
Philia - Claire Carrie
Erronius - Ken Wynne
Miles Gloriosus - Peter Gallagher

2004 National Theatre Production

Previews began June 28, 2004 at the Olivier Theatre, London
Opened July 9, 2004; closed November 2, 2004
Ran for 10 previews and 66 performances
Produced by the Royal National Theatre
Director: Edward Hall
Choreographer: Rob Ashford
Set Designer: Julian Crouch
Costume Designer: Kevin Pollard
Lighting Designer: Paul Anderson
Orchestrations: Michael Starobin
Music Supervisor and Director: Martin Lowe
Sound Designer: Paul Groothuis

Cast

Pseudolus - Desmond Barrit
Proteans - Darren Carnall, Peter Caulfield, David Lucas,
Graham MacDuff, Michael Rouse, Matthew Wolfenden
Senex - Sam Kelly
Domina - Isla Blair
Hero - Vince Leigh
Hysterium - Hamish McColl
Lycus - David Schneider
Geminae - Simone De La Rue, Hayley Newton
Tintinabula - Jane Fowler
Gymnasia - Tiffany Graves
Vibrata - Michelle Lukes
Panacea - Lorraine Stewart
Philia - Caroline Sheen
Erronius - Harry Towb
Miles Gloriosus - Philip Quast
Sergeant - Alan Leith
Swings - Sarah O'Gleby, Owain Rhys Davies
Swing/Dance Captain - Spencer Soloman

Musical Numbers

[same as the original Broadway Production except that "Pretty Little Picture" was dropped during previews; also included "The House of Marcus Lycus" (sung by Marcus Lycus and Ensemble after "Free")]

Recordings of Songs
Bring Me My Bride
  • Ronald Holgate, Zero Mostel, and Company
    Forum Original Cast 1962
  • Leon Greene
    Forum London Cast 1963
  • Leon Green
    Forum Film Soundtrack 1966
  • Cris Groenendahl
    Forum Revival Cast 1996

Comedy Tonight
Echo Song [cut song; restored in some productions]
Everybody Ought to Have a Maid
Farewell [new song written for the Los Angeles Production]


Free [first version, cut]


Free [second version, used in the production]
The Gaggle of Geese [cut song]


Happy Ending [title of a proposed song; not written]


The House Of Marcus Lycus [cut song; restored in some productions]
I Do Like You [cut song]
I'm Calm
I, Miles Gloriosus [title of a proposed song; not written]


Impossible
Invocation [cut song; later expanded as Invocation and Instructions to the Audience for The Frogs]
Love, I Hear
Love is in the Air [cut song; music used for the underscore]
Love Song [cut song; see Your Eyes Are Blue]


Lovely
  • Preshy Marker and Brian Davies; reprised by Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford
    Forum Original Cast 1962
  • Isla Blair and John Rye, reprised by Frankie Howerd and Kenneth Connor
    Forum London Cast 1963
  • Annette Andre and Michael Crawford, reprised by Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford
    Forum Film Soundtrack 1966
  • Joe Puma with Hod O'Brien and Red Mitchell
    Shining Hour 1984 [Reservoir 102 (1997 CD reissue)]
  • Rachel York
    Putting It Together 1993
  • Jessica Boevers and Jim Stanek, reprised by Nathan Lane and Mark-Linn Baker
    Forum Revival Cast 1996
  • The Trotter Trio
    Sondheim's Forum...in Jazz 1996
  • The Jazz at the Movies Band
    Sax on Broadway 1997 [Discovery 77068]
  • Donna McKechnie
    Inside the Music 2002 [Fynsworth Alley 062124]
  • Emily Loesser and Don Stephenson
    The Musicality of Sondheim 2002

Pretty Little Picture
That Dirty Old Man
That'll Show Him
There's Something About A War [cut song]
Window Across the Way [cut song; unfinished]


Your Eyes Are Blue [cut song; also known as Love Song]

Publications
Book
  • New York: Dodd, Mead, 1963; 107 pp.
  • London: Frank Music, 1963
  • [Included in Drama on Stage, edited by Randolph Goodman]
    New York: Holt Rinehart Winston, 1978
  • New York: Dodd, Mead [0-396-08599-7] [pbk], 1985; 214 pp. [also includes The Frogs libretto]
  • New York: Applause Theater Book Publishers, 1991; 184 pp.[introduction by Larry Gelbart]
    • [1-55783-063-0] [hc]
    • [1-55783-064-9] [pbk]
  • London: Nick Hern Books, 1992
  • New York: Applause Books [1557834075], 2000
    [in Four by Sondheim with A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, and Sunday in the Park With George]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [book]

Four By Sondheim

Score [complete]
  • New York: Burthen Music Co. / Chappell [H. Leonard, dist. HL00312152], 1964; 152 pp. [piano reduction by Robert H. Noeltner]
  • Milwaukee: Hal Leonard [HL00312152], 1981; 152 pp.
Score [selections]
  • New York: Burthen Music Co. / Chappell [C. Hansen, dist.], 1964; 28 pp. [includes "Comedy Tonight", "Impossible", "Love I Hear", "Lovely", "Pretty Little Picture", "That'll Show Him", "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid"]
  • Milwaukee: Hal Leonard [HL312151], 1981; 32 pp. [same contents as above]

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