When: July 5-11, 8:15 p.m. 2017
The Muny has been a tradition for 99 years, outlasting such previous St. Louis favorites as the jitterbug, the horse-drawn carriage and American League baseball (sorry, Brownies fans). The last of its double-digit seasons features seven musicals, and the cream of the crop just might be A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This modern take on ancient Roman farces has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (he's pretty good) and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart (both quite talented themselves). It's a fast-paced and quick-witted show about Pseudolus, a slave who wishes to buy his freedom, and his young master Hero, a love-struck youth. The pair set off on a quest to fulfill each other's dreams, only to get entangled in a never-ending series of mistaken identities and bungled schemes. It's the perfect entertainment for a night under the stars, in the much-cooler-than-you think Muny (those newish fans make a huge difference). A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes place at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday through Tuesday (July 5 to 11) at the Muny in Forest Park (1 Theatre Drive, www.muny.org). Tickets are $15 to $95, but you can also watch the show for free from select seats.