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390 Star Starred
Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
6200 Atherton Street Long Beach, CA 90815
562-985-7000
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Formal but fun. I wore dark skinny jeans with pumps and an elegant top.
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They serve drinks before and during intermission but I always find they're very expensive.
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Parking is 5.00 in the lot but if you park across the street and walk across it's FREE!!!
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HAVE FUN AND DON"T BE AFRAID TO LAUGH OUT LOUD or SING ALONG!
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Most people were casually dressed, even on opening night. Be comfortable.
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Dress how you want. There were all different types of dress there.
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27 events
15 reviews
37 stars
attended May 03 2009

My husband and I agree this is one of the funniest musicals we have been to. Susanne Blakeslee as Carol Channing was absolutely hilarious....and she really does have her... continued

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2 reviews
1 stars
attended May 03 2009

Not only was this show funny, but the 4 performers were so very talented! And the accompianest was excellent! My cheeks hurt from laughing so much. I highly recommend this show.

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12 reviews
1 stars
attended May 10 2009

As usual, another perfect production from MTW! Even though this show definitely works better in a smaller venue, I enjoyed it every bit as much as I have in the past. ... continued

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Description

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.

About the Ticket Supplier: Musical Theatre West

Musical Theatre West is one of Southern California's oldest and most respected regional musical theatre companies and draws more than 60,000 patrons to Long Beach's Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Now in its 60th season, Musical Theatre West is the fastest growing arts organization in Long Beach and is dedicated to preserving musical theatre as a unique American art form.