I mentioned just moments ago (or thereabouts) that the song "Comedy Tonight" is best performed by the full cast. Well...would I leave you hanging like that? And without a surprise bonus treat, to boot?
Last year, there was yet another major revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This one though was not on Broadway at al, but rather -- in Melbourne, Australia. What makes this noteworthy is that starring as Pseudolus was none other than the Oscar-winning actor (for Shine), Geoffrey Rush.
One marvels in the imagination of how wonderful he must have been. Perhaps one day when they decide to revive it yet again on Broadway...
This isn't the full number of "Comedy Tonight," but it starts at the point when Rush (as Prologus, the narrator) invites the full cast on stage to join him. The video appears to be from a dress rehearsal, since there's no audience response. And also, the performers seem like they're still getting their sea legs and movements down pat. Noticeable too is how mediocre the camerawork is, as the speed of the actors in this fast-paced number seems to be hard for the lens to catch up to who's always singing. But overall they eventually glom on to things, and in the end it's a treat to have.
(BobTip: watch this video full screen. There are so many people zipping through that things can get a bit more lost in a small window.)
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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