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This Day in History - May 8

'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' opened.
Video | May 8, 2017 | By Jonathan Shipley

Funny Thing

On this day, in 1962, the Stephen Sondheim musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opened on Broadway. A smashing success, it would garner eight Tony Award nominations, winning six, including Best Actor in a Musical for Zero Mostel and Best Musical. Running for nearly 1,000 performances, there would be subsequent revivals on Broadway and a 1966 movie (also starring Mostel) that was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture. 

Inspired by the farces of ancient Roman playwright Plautus, the story is about the slave Pseudolus who schemes to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. 

From the 1971 Tony Awards:

Whoopi Goldberg:

Nathan Lane:

And from the movie: