- CHARITY BENEFIT
Forbidden Broadway, is back…… in its 21st edition and I am here to say, the musical revue is back and it is FABULOUS! This delectable rendition of the Forbidden Broadway series written and directed by creator Gerard Alessandrini, and now co-directed by Phillip George, is the latest incarnation of the musical spoof. Watching it was like they read my mind. Everything that I have bitched about showed up in song and hilarious
renditions. Off-Broadway at the 47th Street Theatre, 304 West 47th, Forbidden Broadway has never been so alive. Premiering Off-Broadway in 1982, this new version is one of the funniest and most laughable nights you will have in the theatre. The show’s cast includes the uber-talented, vocally wonderful and moveable Jenny Lee Stern, Natalie Charle Ellis, Scott Richard Foster and Marcus Steves. Look for spoofs of shows from the current Broadway season; such as the way-too-easy-to-spoof Spider-Man, Turn off the Dark, Ghost, Once, Follies, Porgy and Bess, Wicked, The Lion King, Anything Goes and everything Stephen Sondheim. Highlights are the frenetic Newsies, complete with newspaper dance, the over the top performance of Tracie Bennett in End of the Rainbow, the Mathew Broderick stick and phoned in laughs of Kellie O’Hara in Nice Work if You Can Get It and the box office seller Ricky Martin, in “Livin Evita Loca.”
The direction, choreography, talent, costumes and lyrics are all deliciously wicked. If you are a theatre buff, this show is for you.
I leave you with my favorite lyrics from the spoof of The Book of Mormon.
IN MAGNIFICENT FAME AND FORTUNE
ALL BROADWAY SHOWS SHOULD BE VULGAR
CRASS AND LEWD
AND WE BELIEVE
YOU DON’T HAVE TO SCAN THE WORDS
TO FIT IN CORRECTLY
OR SET THEM PROPERLY TO THE MUSIC
IN BOOK OF MORMON
WE SQUEEZE AND WE BELIEVE