Forbidden Broadway Greatest Hits: Legendary Theatre Spoof from Musical Theatre West
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Join acclaimed actor of stage and screen John Lithgow (3rd Rock From the Sun, Dexter) for a touching and humorous tribute to the power of storytelling in the autobiographical one-man show Stories by Heart. Interspersing his own journey as an actor with two classic stories that were read to him as a child, the Tony-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor gives a tour de force performance, inhabiting a dozen characters with zany abandon. In P.G. Wodehouse's "Uncle Fred Flits By," a fretful young Englishman is taken on a wild afternoon's escapade in suburban London by his irrepressible uncle. Ring Lardner's "Haircut" is a darkly comic yarn told by a gossipy barber in small-town Michigan. Learn More
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Featured review from Maryhelen Coleman
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I expected to like this event, however, I did not know to what extent I would be entertained, delighted and impressed. It was absolutely amazing. The impersonations were spot freakin' on. The Lady who impersonated Carol Channing, Barbra Streisand, Sarah Brighton (that was just amazing what she did at the end), etc was mind-blowingly skilled. They all were! Oh, and the Harry Potter sketch alone was reason enough to see it. Actually, I took my friend to see it, and she went again the next day!! Too bad she doesn't have Goldstar.
Musical Theatre West is thrilled to present the World Premiere of Forbidden Broadway Greatest Hits Volume I at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
Your favorite shows…Wicked, Les Miserables, Chicago, Annie, Cats, Joseph, The Phantom of the Opera. Your favorite stars…Liza, Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Michael Crawford… Nothing is sacred to the sharp wit and barbed satire from the creators of Forbidden Broadway…one of the longest running Off-Broadway hits of all time Forbidden Broadway is a hilarious musical that, in reality, is 20 shows rolled into one – the big moments AND the big mistakes.
Forbidden Broadway was first seen at Palsson’s Supper Club on New York’s Upper West Side in January 1982. An unemployed actor, Gerard Alessandrini, wanted a showcase for his talents. He decided to assemble some of the musical parodies of Broadway shows he had written since childhood into a nightclub act. Critics and audiences were wowed and it has since become New York’s longest running musical comedy revue. Forbidden Broadway has won Drama Desk, Obie and Outer Critics Circle. Most of its victims (stars and casts) make a point of stopping by to see what Gerard Alessandrini has done to them. Updated regularly, Forbidden Broadway has had several editions, countless revisions, three New York City performance spaces, several national and international tours, and thousands of special performances. The show also became known for talented but as yet unknown actors, many of whom have gone on to stardom on Broadway, on television and in the movies. Looking back at Forbidden Broadway provides an informal and very funny history of the American musical theatre. It has remained one of the funniest evenings on or Off-Broadway. As long as Broadway and Hollywood exist, there will be a Forbidden Broadway, poking, prodding, teasing, pleasing, jeering and cheering, but always with love.