By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, for SouthFloridaReporter.com, Oct. 1, 2015 – It’s Stephen Sondheim redux for veteran Broadway actor Ken Jennings, although a bit backwards.
It might seem a long, long stretch for the man who created the mentally challenged apprentice Tobias in Sondheim’s pitch-dark blood-red musical Sweeney Todd in 1979 now to be playing the broadly farcical Roman slave Pseudolous in Sondheim’s 1962 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum opening at The Wick Theatre.
But Jennings, accurately described by an assistant stage manager as “a ball of fire,” is clearly relishing the chance to show his range.
“It’s a nice change of pace. I often do so many dark shows. It’s nice to do something bright and happy,” he took a vaudevillian pause for timing” “where you don’t have people killing each other.” And then he let loose with a large loud laugh.