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About the Show

The first musical Sondheim wrote both music and lyrics for, inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus.

Story: Pseudolus, the laziest slave in Rome, has but one wish - to purchase his freedom. When he finds out that the young master has fallen in love with a virgin in the house of Lycus, he concocts a deal whereby he will be freed if he can procure the girl for Hero.

Cast and Creative Team

Composer and Lyricist: Stephen Sondheim
Librettist: Bert Shevelove and Larry Gelbart

Broadway Premiere
Theatre: Alvin Theatre, Mark Hellinger Theatre, Majestic Theatre
Opening Night: May 8, 1962
Total Performances: 964
Original Cast: Zero Mostel, David Burns, John Carradine, Brian Davies, Jack Gilford, Ron Holgate, Ruth Kobart, Preshy Marker, Raymond Walburn, Judy Alexander, Lucienne Bridou, David Evans, Lisa James, Roberta Keith, Gloria Kristy, Eddie Phillips, George Reeder, Myrna White
Director: Jerry Zaks
Choreographer: Rob Marshall
Musical Director: Harold Hastings
Orchestrations: Irwin Kostal and Sid Ramin
Scenic and Costume Design: Tony Walton
Lighting Design: Jean Rosenthal

Broadway Revival
Theatre: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Opening Night: Mar 30, 1972
Total Performances: 156
Original Cast: Phil Silvers, Carl Ballantine, Larry Blyden, Pamela Hall, John Hansen, Carl Lindstrom, Lew Parker, Lizabeth Pritchett
Director: Burt Shevelove
Choreographer: Ralph Beaumont
Musical Director: Milton Rosenstock
Orchestrations: Irwin Kostal and Sid Ramin
Scenic Design: James Trittipo
Costume Design: Noel Taylor
Lighting Design: H. R. Poindexter

Broadway Revival
Theatre: St. James Theatre
Opening Night: Apr 18, 1996
Total Performances: 715
Original Cast: Nathan Lane, Jessica Boevers, William Duell, Cris Groenendaal, Mark Linn-Baker, Ernie Sabella, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jim Stanek, Mary Testa
Director: Jerry Zaks
Choreographer: Rob Marshall
Orchestrations: Jonathan Tunick
Scenic and Costume Design: Tony Walton
Lighting Design: Paul Gallo

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