Monday, April 9, 2018

Some Funny Re-Casting On The Way To The Forum...

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opened on Broadway in 1963 starring Zero Mostel, who also starred in the later film version. 

The show has been revived many times over the years with various stars in the lead role, among them Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg and recently Frank 

Here are some of the other stars and casts of broadway, touring and lesser-known productions of the show...

Thanks to John Wendler, Tor Lier and James Mulholland

Dick Shawn...

Jerry Lester...

Frankie Howerd...

Roy Hudd...

Dave King...

Lars Ekberg
(a 1965 Swedish Production)

Danny Dayton

Phil Silvers...

Milton Berle...

Jack Carter

Alan Young

Phil Leeds...

Eddie Bracken

Ray Rayner

Godfrey Cambridge...

Jose Ferrer...

Christopher Hewett

Frank Fontaine

Sonny Bono

Jan Murray...
Mickey Deems

Nipsey Russell

Louis Criculo

Dick Woody...

John Kelso...

Mickey Rooney...

Artie Johnson...

Avery Schrieber

Dave Madden

Rip Taylor...

Ronny Graham

Mickey Dolenz...

John Schuck

Eddie Mekka


  1. Having just done the show...I particularly love this, Drew. I see that Justine Johnston billed in the Jerry Lester production you cite played the role of Domina. She was Mrs. Rittenhouse opposite my Capt. Spalding in Animal Crackers in '88. There was a 40 year age difference between us but she was indomitable.

  2. I saw several of these. The Phil Silvers version also featured (when it was in Los Angeles) Nancy Walker, Lew Parker, Carl Ballantine, Larry Blyden and the lovely actress Charlene Ryan, who is now married to some guy named Sergio Aragones. Absolutely wonderful production.

    Danny Dayton starred in and/or directed this show more than anyone else. I saw him do it was he was pretty damn good.

    Weirdest casting I've seen: Alan Young as Pseudolus in a Las Vegas production with Irv Benson as Erroneous.

    And Frank Ferrante was terrific in it. Hope he does it again and again and again and I'll tell him that to his face tomorrow when we have lunch.

    1. Mr. Ryan is best known for his cartoons in MAD magazine.

      Paul Duca

  3. I notice Avery Schreiber (presumably as Hysterium) in a production with Arte Johnson. Unless they top-billed Hysterium over Pseudolus. I saw Schreiber as Pseudolus the previous year at Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre in Illinois.

  4. Mickey Rooney -- the personification of the liveliest corpse you've ever seen.

  5. Dick Shawn comments about his time in the play on this episode of PASSWORD posted on YT just today!

  6. Ray Raymer was a legendary Chicago children't TV personality,

    Paul Duca

  7. For those who don't the MC of BROADWAY OPEN HOUSE in 1950, Jerry Lester was TV's first late night show host.