Monday, May 17, 2010

All Male Version of the musical "Forum" onstage in Williamstown June 30

Paul Castree (l) is remembered from 9 to 5 and Young Frankenstein. Here he is with pal Gavin Creel who does not appear in the show.

Kevin Cahoon was in The Who's Tommy and The Lion King.

Jeremy Shamos (l) played in Clybourne Park and Reckless. Christopher Fitzgerald (r) was Tony nominated for Finians Rainbow, Wicked.

It's going to be a fun summer, theater fans, because Nicholas Martin over at the Williamstown Theatre Festival has just announced the outrageous, gorgeous, amazing, all-male cast for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Mark my words, kiddies, some local jaws are going to drop and some very big smiles are going to be plastered on the faces of the normally taciturn Berkshire crowd.

Forum, as most of you know, is a Stephen Sondheim musical, a spoof of ancient Rome and this production by WTF will undoubtedly get the full treatment - pit band, great sets and costumes, and above all, a glorious cast of some of the best actors around.

People I trust estimate that almost half the cast is gay, too. Let Newsweek criticize that! (You know they declared bankruptcy immediately after dishing Sean Hayes, don't you. Serves them right. Next they will insist that any actor playing Hamlet will have to be Danish to be believable. They are trying to put out the critical fire, too.)

Leading the legion of Roman actors is Christopher Fitzgerald, plus a dozen other top players who will be doing the love scenes in drag. It should be something to see.

To see the entire cast and read the background story, visit Berkshire On Stage for photos of the whole cast.

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