HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana University’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will perform the Broadway musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24-25, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St.
“Stephen Sondheim is a living Broadway legend; for the last 50 years his musicals have continually expanded the boundaries of what a Broadway musical can — and should — be,” said Charles Effler, director of the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop.
“Forum,” which premiered in 1962, was the first show for which Sondheim was both lyricist and composer.
“While the plot of ‘Forum’ displays many classic elements of farce — puns, mistaken identities and satirical comments on social class — it also has a healthy dose of vaudeville and a smattering of burlesque thrown in for good measure,” Effler said.
Opera Workshop welcomes back guest stage director Alton Geno for this production. In addition to a long career as a performer, choreographer and director in New Orleans and around the country, Geno directed Opera Workshop’s sold-out performances of “Sweeney Todd” last fall, as well as productions of “The Light in the Piazza,” “South Pacific,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Music Man.”
Tickets are $21 for adults and $16 for seniors, Southeastern faculty, staff and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students with ID are admitted free. For tickets, call (985) 543-4366 or visit columbiatheatre.com.