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Forbidden Broadway is a theater show that builds on stories and characters from other famous musicals. The show debuted in 1982, and since then it has become one of the most watched and most loved parody shows in the theater. The show uses Broadway productions as a base to create a funny spoof that allows the audience to enjoy the characters that they already know in an entirely different and comic setting.
The show has run for multiple seasons since its inception, and has run different productions such as Forbidden Broadway 1990, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back, Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act, Forbidden Broadway The Roast of Utopia, Forbidden Broadway Rude Awakening and Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab. Commercial success apart, the show has also been critically appreciated. It has won various awards, including a Special Tony Award for “Excellence in Theatre,” Drama League Awards, a Lucille Lortel Awards, Obie Awards, and multiple Drama Desk Awards.
The latest edition of this comical revue is titled Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking. It draws on the plots and characters from this year's Broadway season's best such as Les Miserables, Aladdin, Kinky Boots, Pippin, Matilda, The Book of Mormon and Wicked among others. The revue has been hailed as one of the funniest productions of the year. Perez Hilton hails the show as “Unexpected Fabulousness,” and many others have raved about the quality of the show and its content. Variety claims that the show “Comes Out Swinging,” and Entertainment Weekly dubs it “Wickedly Caustic Fun.” New York Post calls it “A theatrical Institution,” and the Hollywood Reporter establishes that this show is the perfect antidote.
The mastermind behind this long running Broadway spoof is Gerard Alessandrini. Born in 1953, Alessandrini created this show for a short run at an off-Broadway location. His initial effort became such a big hit with the audiences that the show ran for more than two thousand performances and drew in staggering reviews from theater buffs and critics. Encouraged by the success of his venture, he has, since then, kept on writing new productions every year to poke lighthearted fun at the big guns of every theater season. He is often credited as being the writer, director and creator of all the shows.
The current production of the show lists Phillip George as co-director and David Caldwell as musical director. Both of these creative team members have worked on past productions of Forbidden Broadway, and this year their experience lends a hand to their genius, as they put on another great show.
The cast includes some of theater's heavyweights such as Scott Richard Foster, Marcus Stevens, Carter Calvert and Mia Gentile. While the cast might be small, collectively they bring over sixty characters to life on stage throughout the show. These four main actors use quick change, mimicry and their vocal chops to poke fun at the Broadway highlights of the year, such as famous musicals, actors, storylines and direction techniques. They also use celebrities from outside the theater world to make sure the show is as relatable as possible to everyone.
Apart from the actors and the main creative crew, the costume designers and the stage managers are also being applauded for their efforts. The variety in the costumes and the makeup allows for the four characters to emulate every actor and character from Broadway's repertory.
Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking! Pokes fun at the biggest Broadway hits of this year. Already making waves, it is being hailed as the perfect show for those who want something different than the run of the mill productions. Those looking for a good time at the theater can now get Kicking tickets.