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August 6, 2014
Chat with Creator Gerard Alessandrini of Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging

What started as a small cabaret performance in 1982 is now a theatrical institution loved by critics and audience alike.  Forbidden Broadway has won numerous awards including a Tony in 2006 and continues to be one of the most anticipated shows of every season. Like every great Broadway musical, fans want the album to sing along with and Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging doesn't disappoint.  (Read our album review here.)  Stagebuddy caught up with writer Gerard Alessandrini after their CD Release Signing to talk about Forbidden Broadway's creation, the effects of parodies, and why it's fun to spoof Broadway celebrities.

 


 

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Album Review: Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging!

By Rebecca Kaplan

Forbidden Broadway is back with another lampoon of this year in Broadway. The show is something like the enchanted mirror of Snow White’s stepmother. This year, it asks, what is the future of Broadway? And what a dark reflection it casts back. The theme of this album is the corporate greed and creative death that ran rampant this season. And it’s true. What did producers give us this year? A slightly updated Les Miz, and, as Forbidden Broadway puts it, the “revival of the revival of the revival of Cabaret” starring Alan Cummings. There were moments in Forbidden Broadway that made me laugh. One highlight from the show was “Let It Blow,” a send-off on little girls trying to mimic Idina Menzel’s vocal prowess, and sucking. “Don’t let them try to copy me. Only I can wail that loud high C.” Anyone who’s had to sit through a middle school karaoke with girls screeching tunes from Wicked will appreciate this number. (And of course, they threw in the obligatory “Adele Dazeem” reference). Other funny bits in the show included a farewell song to the turntable in Les Miz and the introduction to screens, and a send-up of Bullets Over Broadway. But if the Broadway season was a little tiresome th …Read more

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