Back on stage after a 3-year hiatus, "Forbidden Broadway" is celebrating its 30th anniversary with more laughs, more parodies, and great talent! On October 2, 2012, I was delighted to attend this new installment of the smash Off-Broadway hit musical comedy created by Gerard Alessandrini.
Known for poking fun at Broadway shows and stars, "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking" was a laugh out loud evening of theatre. What makes "Forbidden Broadway" so smart is that you don't need to see the actual show being made fun of to understand the spoof. In this particular version, I saw only a handful of the shows being parodied, but I was still able to laugh right along with everyone else. Without giving too much away, "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking" nailed the funny moments of "Evita," "Book of Mormon," "Anything Goes," "Mary Poppins," "The Lion King," "Mandy and Patti," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Wicked," and "Spiderman." Everything they poked fun at about these shows or their stars were spot on.
During the whole show, I constantly saw the brilliance that was put into staging "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking," from the writing to the directing to the acting. This cast, consisting of Natalie Charle Ellis, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Lee Stern, and Marcus Stevens, were beyond talented. The quick changes they had to do, not only into costume, but also into character, between each scene consistently amazed me. Their vocals are unreal, especially the way they so closely resemble the person they are pranking.
"Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking" is definitely a show to go see! It's an evening of genius and laughter. No star or show is safe from the clutches of "Forbidden Broadway." After seeing this version (as well as earlier incarnations), I often wonder, has a show or star really made it on Broadway if "Forbidden Broadway" hasn't mocked them? Let me know what you think. Click here for tickets to "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking" playing at the 47th Street Theatre (304 West 47th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue) and follow them on http://forbiddenbroadway.com, Facebook and Twitter!