A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962)

October 6 - 24, 2010
The Eureka Theatre

Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Original Produced on Broadway by Harold S. Prince
Directed by Greg MacKellan

Run Time: 2 hours plus one 15-minute intermission

A B O U T

Fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest shows ever written, it’s the perfect escape from life’s troubles.

Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from the comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. We celebrate composerlyricist Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday year with a special production of Broadway’s greatest musical farce.

Our special “Moon” twist will bring Megan Cavanagh (star of TV’s Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and our own Jubilee and High Spirits) back to our stage as the wily slave, Pseudolus!

C A S T  
Megan Cavanagh Megan Cavanagh* (Pseudolus) is known to movie fans as Hall of Fame hitter Marla Hooch in A League of Their Own.  Her other films include Robin Hood: Men in Tights, For Richer or Poorer, and the Academy Award nominated animated feature Jimmy Neutron:  Boy Genius.  She’s appeared on The West Wing, Home Improvement, Friends, Will & Grace, Just Shoot Me, ER, The Mighty B!, to name just a few.  An Actors’ Equity member since 1987, Megan recently completed a 10-city tour with Menopause: The Musical.  Her ‘League’ costume is on permanent display in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 
Michael Rhone Michael Rhone (Hysterium) is making his 42nd Street Moon debut.  Recent performances include Swing! (Principal Vocalist) at Cabrillo Stage, The Who’s Tommy (Captain Walker) at City Lights Theater Company, Bat Boy (Bud/Daisy/Pan), The Pajama Game (Prez), Carousel (Enoch Snow), and Urinetown (Officer Barrel), all at Foothill Music Theater, and Bye Bye Birdie (Albert) at South Bay Musical Theatre.  In addition, he has played a variety of peasants, courtiers and soldiers as a member of the Opera San Jose chorus for six seasons.
 
Luke Chapman Luke Chapman (Hero) is making his heroic return to 42nd Street Moon after last appearing as Sonny in Very Warm for May.  His other credits include Mark in Rent with the Royal Underground Theater Company and various other roles with Ray of Light, Broadway by the Bay, and Diablo Theater Company.  When not on stage Luke produces online videos with his brother under the moniker Chappy Showcase.  Recently, he released his first music video entitled, "RickRoll Reloaded".
Bob Greene Bob Greene* (Senex) performed the leads in Do Re Mi and Fiorello for 42nd Street Moon; Feste in California Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; characters in San Francisco Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, Oh! Kay and The Boys from Syracuse, winning the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award for best supporting actor for the latter; TV roles on Nash Bridges and Trauma, plus principal parts in the films Copycat with Holly Hunter, Flubber with Robin Williams and The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith.
 
Meghan Ihle Meghan Ihle (Philia) is making her 42nd Street Moon debut. She returned to the Bay Area in the spring after completing the first National Tour of Strega Nona the Musical, playing the role of Theresa (Maximum Entertainment Productions/Active Arts).  Previous Bay Area credits include Pickles in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly!, Dainty June in Gypsy, Linda in Evil Dead the Musical (West Coast Premiere), Cheryl in A Taffeta Christmas, and Rose in The Secret Garden.
Chris Macomber Chris Macomber (Domina) returned to singing, and discovered musical theater 10 years ago after a long government career. This is her eighth 42nd Street Moon show including Roberta, Fifty Million Frenchmen, Minnie's Boys, Miss Liberty, Pardon My English, Plain and Fancy, and One Touch of Venus. Chris has performed regularly with Lamplighters in “Old Dame” roles, with  Livermore's Shakespeare's Associates, and won a Bay Area Critic's Circle Award for her role in The Cocktail Hour. Chris is a violinist in The Exeter String Quartet.
 
Rob Hatzenbeller Rob Hatzenbeller* (Miles Gloriosus) is returning for his seventh Moon show.  Recent Moon appearances include Cosmo in Call Me Madam and Joe Dynamite in Wildcat - SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Nomination.  Favorite credits include Bob in Wonderful Town (Marin Theatre Company) - SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, Carl in The Opposite of Sex (Magic Theatre), Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls (American Musical Theatre of San Jose), the Baron in Grand Hotel (Circle Rep) and Lenny in the world premiere of Kander and Ebb's The Visit (Goodman Theatre).
 
Rudy Guerrero Rudy Guerrero* (Marcus Lycus / Dance Captain) was previously seen in 42nd Street Moon's productions of Lady, Be Good!, High Spirits, Irma La Douce, Gay Divorce (Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor), The Golden Apple, Once Upon a Mattress, and Can-Can. Other regional theater credits include performances at Alcazar Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theater, Foothill Music Theater, The Magic Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Company, Marin Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, and Word for Word.  Rudy has a BFA in Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory and a MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater.
 
Elmer Strasser

Elmer Strasser (Erronius) is celebrating his first 42nd Street Moon show and first show on a San Francisco stage!  He has performed in various East Bay productions including: Seussical the Musical (Mayor of Whoville) and Singin' in the Rain (Roscoe Dexter) at Woodminster Theater; A Tale of Cinderella (Il Compari), Das Barbecu (Actor Five), and Camelot (Mordred) at Douglas Morrison Theater; Tintypes (Teddy Roosevelt), A Flea in Her Ear (Homenides de Histangua) and Jekyll and Hyde (Simon Stride) at Altarena Playhouse.

 

Christine Bagbue Christine Bagube (Vibrata) is making her 42nd Street Moon debut in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  Born and raised in San Jose, California, she received her BA in Dance with a minor in theatre in the Spring of 2005 from San Jose State University.  Since graduating, Christine continues to perform and choreograph all over the Bay Area.  Favorite roles include: Gigi in Miss Saigon, Connie in A Chorus Line, and most recently, Donna Marsala in San Francisco’s production of Tony and Tina’s Wedding. 
Isaiah Boyd Isaiah Boyd (First Protean) has performed across the greater Bay Area in dozens of productions; most recently portraying Gary Coleman in Avenue Q at the Willows Theatre Company.  Favorite roles include: Ren in Footloose, Chip in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Travis in A Raisin in the Sun, and Horton in Seussical.  During the day Isaiah is a student at Benicia High.  This is his first show with 42nd Street Moon.
Janine Burgener Janine Burgener (Tintinabula) is making her 42nd Street Moon debut.  Most recently, she played Christmas Eve in the national regional premiere of Avenue Q at the Willows Theatre Company.  Other credits include: Strega Nona in the first national tour of Strega Nona: The Musical! (Maximum Entertainment/Active Arts); Linoleum in The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Willows Theatre Company); Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company).  www.janineburgener.com
Tyler Costin Tyler Costin (Third Protean) received his BFA in Drama from the Tisch School at NYU, where h!e studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Since returning from New York, Tyler has been performing throughout the Bay Area, most recently as Roger in Rent at the 6th Street Playhouse and the understudy for Girlfriend at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.  Some favorite roles include Jimmy in The Possession of Mrs. Jones and Chris in Miss Saigon.
Sophia Rose Morris Sophia Rose Morris (Panacea) is making her debut with 42nd Street Moon, and she entices you all to this funny forum.  As a performer in the Bay Area, some of her favored roles have been Sarah in Guys & Dolls, Janet in Rocky Horror Show, Rizzo in Grease, Carrie in Carousel, Ariel in Footloose, Carmen in Fame, Peggy in 42nd Street, Antonia in Man of La Mancha and Crissy in Hair.  For more fun, join Sophia here in December as Baby Rose in Babes in Arms!
Kate Paul Kate Paul (Gymnasia) is making her first appearance with 42nd Street Moon.  A recent transplant to the Bay Area Theatre scene, she has appeared in Dames at Sea at The New Conservatory Theatre (Joan), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Broadway by the Bay (Renee).  Other favorite shows include Once Upon a Mattress (Winifred), Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens (Judith, dir. Bill Russell), and How to Succeed in Business... (Smitty).  Kate is a proud recipient of a BFA from the Boston Conservatory.  Here's to comedy tonight
Jack Sale Jack Sale (Second Protean) is a recent graduate of UCLA’s Ray Bolger musical theater program - Summa Cum Laude.  Favorite roles include Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Arpad in She Loves Me, Jack in Into the Woods, and Matthew in Corpus Christi.  He has appeared in independent films, various commercials, is a published playwright, an improvist, and aspires to be a professional actor and waiter.  Jack will be seen as Romeo in Berkeley’s Impact Theater production of Romeo & Juliet in February.
   
C R E A T I V E  


Greg MacKellan


Greg MacKellan (Director) made his last excursion to the world of Stephen Sondheim directing Moon’s Do I Hear a Waltz? in 1998.  The Rodgers/Sondheim musical is still one of his favorites.  During his 17 years as Artistic Director of 42nd Street Moon, he has helmed more than 50 other musicals, including Li’l Abner, Minnie’s Boys, Paint Your Wagon, The Student Gypsy, and the American premieres of The Cabaret Girl and The Good Companions.  Greg was also responsible for the acclaimed six-CD “Shadowland” series of recordings devoted to lesser-known songs by classic American musical theatre songwriters with performers including Judy Kaye, Rebecca Luker, Patricia Morison and lyricist Sheldon Harnick.  Greg provided the revised script for 42nd Street Moon’s 2004 NEA-sponsored restoration of the Harburg/Arlen Hooray for What! Also in 2004, Greg’s award-winning revision of the Cole Porter musical Out of This World was presented to critical acclaimed at the Chichester Festival in England, and has since been produced in Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, with Vancouver coming next year.  He has also directed and written the Moon fundraising galas,  including I Remember It Well with Leslie Caron and All the Things You Are with Rebecca Luker.   Many moons ago he ventured south to direct The Sound of Music for Broadway by the Bay, an experience that was second to nun.

 

Dave Dobrusky (Musical Director) is celebrating his 15th season with 42nd Street Moon! Favorite productions include Lady, Be Good!, Jubilee, Call Me Madam, High Spirits, Girl Crazy, The Student Gypsy, Plain and Fancy, Mack and Mabel, Minnie’s Boys, Can-Can, Finian’s Rainbow, Paint Your Wagon (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), By Jupiter, Leave It to Me! (recorded), Dear World, and Louisiana Purchase.  He has also appeared with Donna McKechnie, Cady Huffman, Nancy Dussault, Andrea McArdle, Marni Nixon, Rebecca Luker and Leslie Caron.  Other Bay Area credits include:  tick, tick…Boom! (Theatre Rhinoceros), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Ray of Light), Man of LaMancha (BATCC Award-San Francisco Playhouse); The Fantasticks (Shakespeare at Stinson); Passion, and Chess (New Conservatory Theatre).

 

Tom Segal (Choreographer) previously directed and staged Peddling Rainbows for 42nd Street Moon and has also choreographed the following Moon productions: Jubilee, Destry Rides Again, Wildcat (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography), High Spirits, Once Upon a Mattress (Dean Goodman Choice Award), Minnie’s Boys and more.  He co-directed the 75th birthday tribute to Stephen Sondheim show, Simply Sondheim.  Mr. Segal has performed, choreographed and directed locally, nationally and abroad, having done over 80 shows with various Bay Area companies.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and was co-choreographer for SF Playhouse’s production, Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, which was named “Best Play” at the 2009 NY Fringe Festival.  He teaches in the Theatre Department of Solano Community College.

 

Daniel Schultz (Stage Manager) recently completed two successful runs in Rent (Angel) and Pirates of Penzance (Pirate/Dancer).  He returns to working behind the scenes for this production of A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum.  Some of his other stage managing credits include: Jubilee and Lady, Be Good! (42nd Street Moon), Cuckoo (Jump! Theatre Company), Proof (San Francisco State University), Disney's: Beauty and the Beast (Riverside City College), and The Diviners (Off-Broadway Play Series).  Daniel holds a BA in stage management from San Francisco State University.  Following this production of Forum, Daniel will be tapping away in Diablo Theatre Company's production of White Christmas.

 

Ellen Brooks (Lighting Designer) has designed countless productions for 42nd Street Moon at the Herbst, Eureka, Alcazar and New Conservatory Theatres - including our recent Alcazar Salons and annual Galas.  She is Resident Lighting Director at the Marin Shakespeare Company and this summer designed Anthony and Cleopatra and Travesties for that company. Other recent work includes Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin and Macbeth for North Bay Opera, Bittersweet for Lamplighters/Opera West, The Middle Ages, Last Night of Ballyhoo and The Miracle Worker for Ross Valley Players and the World Premiere of Dogsbody at the Yerba Buena Forum.  As a performer, Ms. Brooks recently returned from a tour of Turkey with Innovations in Noh, directed by Yuriko Doi.

 

Louise Jarmilowicz (Costumesr) is in her fifth season as costumer for 42nd Street Moon.  She has been costuming around San Francisco for many years.  Other groups with whom she has worked, designing and constructing costumes, include Crowded Fire, the Thrillpeddlers, Handful Players, the African-American Shakespeare Co., Children's Fairyland, Stage Door Conservatory, The Lamplighters, the Dark Room Theater, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and many other local artists. www.jarmodesigns.com

 

Jon Wai-Keung Lowe (Set Designer) has designed scenery for world premieres at San Francisco Mime Troupe and Theatre Rhinoceros.  Other scenic/lighting credits: tick, tick...BOOM!, Boston Marriage, Staircase (Theatre Rhino); Urinetown!, To Kill a Mockingbird, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Douglas Morrisson Theatre), Madama Butterfly (Golden Gate Opera).  He is artistic director of The Visible Theater and an alumnus of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and Directors Lab West.

 

Christian Jusinksi (Prop Designer) quickly took the opportunity to work with 42nd Street Moon again after having designed props for Jubilee and Destry Rides Again last season.  He is a freelance designer/ sculptor/metal fabricator and massage therapist who recently said goodbye to his position of five years as a theater technician at Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon.  He is also a devoted studio assistant to Oakland artist Trevor Southey.

  Nick Di Scala (Reeds) has played with Beach Blanket Babylon, the California, Napa, Sacramento, and Oakland Symphonies, with Ray Charles, The Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis, and Isaac Hayes. He regularly plays with TheatreWorks, Woodminster, and other regional theaters. He has arranged for Tony nominated Christiane Noll and the New York Pops. He has Music Directed for over 20 theater productions in the Bay Area. He also works with the estate of jazz pioneer Don Ellis preparing music for publication and producing new and archival recordings.
 

* Member Actor's Equity Association(AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.  Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans.  AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org