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Norkin on Sondheim

Theater history is spotted with rare but memorable cases in which out-of-town revisions turned a flop into a smash. One such was A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which I found an unfunny bore in rehearsal. My sketch included a talented new actress named Karen Black playing the love interest. She was fired in Washington (allegedly because of her poor singing), flew to Hollywood, and quickly became a star.

Jerome Robbins was called in to redirect during the tryout and developed an extended introductory musical sequence to replace a brief, spoken one. It was called "Comedy Tonight," a hit number so charming and funny that together with the inflection he gave the humor throughout, critics and audiences were captivated when it opened on Broadway.





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