"Forbidden Broadway" Roasts The Great White Way Once More
After bidding farewell to the theater scene for three years, the award-winning "Forbidden Broadway" is back again shining its satirical light on the Great White Way. On Stage's Frank DiLella has a preview.
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"Forbidden Broadway" is back, it's alive and it sure is roasting The Great White Way.
The celebrated revue, which pokes fun at Broadway plays and musicals along with the folks associated with them, was created by writer and director Gerard Alessandrini.
Alessandrini brings the show back to its former off-broadway home at the 47th Street Theater after a three-year absence.
"I felt like there were enough shows we could spoof. That was the bottom line," says Alessandrini. "And varied type of shows, revivals of shows, serious musicals like 'Once' and more fun musicals like 'Newsies.'"
"Forbidden Broadway: Alive And Kicking" features an ensemble of four along with on-stage pianist David Caldwell. Performer Jenny Lee Stern tackles some well-known Broadway divas while Marcus Stevens takes on some of the Main Stem's leading men.
"I like playing Matthew Broderick in 'Nice Work If You Can Get It.' It's a parlor trick when you know how to imitate someone's voice, and then you can do it in front of an audience, which is really fun," says Stevens.
While "Forbidden Broadway: Alive And Kicking" is a new installment of the off-Broadway property, Alessandrini says the show is ever-changing.
"It's topical humor, so things can be funny while they're around and then they disappear, out of sight, out of mind, and they're not as funny," he says.
Even though Alessandrini has been poking fun of the Great White Way for more than 27 years, at his core he is a true Broadway Baby.
"I love it when all kinds of shows are on Broadway. For example, I really enjoy 'The Book Of Mormon,' I mean Merman, I mean Moron. What is that called? I have so many parodies running through my head," says Alessandrini.
"Forbidden Broadway: Alive And Kicking" is now playing at the 47th Street Theater, and opening night is set for September 6.