The musical ‘Golfus of Rome’, made by Carlos Latre, arrive at La Latina theater Madrid on September 9. The play, directed by Daniel Anglès and produced by Focus and the Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Mérida, was written by Burt Shevelove y Larry Gelbart and it is based, in a free adaptation, in the comedies of Plautus. The authors use the stories of the Latin author and, based on them, create the perfect vehicle for the craziest scenes and craziest situations mingle with great songs and musical numbers.
Awarded with 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this sitcom is one of the great titles of the genre. In fact, the acclaimed composer Stephen Sondheim is the author of the music for this crazy farce. This new staging, starring Carlos Latre and 22 other artists, including Diego Molero, Eva Diago, Eloi Gómez, Frank Capdet, Meritxell Duró, Ana Sanmartín and Iñigo Etayo, will arrive on September 9 at the La Latina Theater in Madrid.
‘Golfus of Rome’ follows Pseudolus, an irreverent slave who tries to achieve freedom by helping Eros, the son of his master, and who pursues the love of Philia. But there is a problem … or two: Philia belongs to M. Lycus who, in turn, has sold her to General Miles Gloriosus. And no one is willing to give it up.
Based on works of Plautus (especially the Pseudolus), the original comedy by musical grandmaster Stephen Sodenheim, with text by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, premiered at the Alvin Theater on Broadway (now Neil Simon Theater), in 1962 and had a cast led by Zero Mostel as Pseudolus, David Burns as Senex, John Carradine as Marcus Lycus, Brian Davies as Hero and Jack Gilford as Hysterium among others. It was nominated for 8 categories of the Tony Awards in 1963, winning 6 of them, including the best musical.
On 1966 the film version was released, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, dirigida por Richard Lester, con Zero Mostel como actor principal. Oscar winner for best adapted music in 1966 and nominated for best musical comedy film at the Golden Globes of the same year.
The new Focus production, adapted by Daniel Angles and Marc Gómez, directed by Daniel Angles himself and starring Carlos Latre – “the man with a thousand faces” popular for his imitations among others on the television program Your face sounds to me and which is discovered here for the first time as a great musical comedy performer – presents a circus company ready to do anything to make people laugh and surprise the represented public Golfus de Roma.
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