Original Soundtrack

Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [Original Soundtrack]

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The good news is that the screen adaptation of the stage musical A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum retained key cast members, including star Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford, and added such excellent casting choices as Phil Silvers and Michael Crawford. The bad news is that so little of the original Stephen Sondheim score was retained -- only five songs, among them "Comedy Tonight." Filling out the film and this album is a musical score added by Ken Thorne, which won an Academy Award even if it did not, as reissue annotator Didier C. Deutsch claims, "seamlessly [blend] into Sondheim's own themes to form a cohesive musical whole." Rather, it is strikingly different and inferior. Better to stick to the original Broadway cast album from 1962 or the more recent revival cast album. (The reissue is an enhanced CD featuring the movie's original trailer.)

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