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Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
6200 Atherton Street Long Beach, CA 90815
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 114 members
Pat C.
Review from Pat C.
Red Velvet 115 events 71 reviews

Forbidden Broadway is always delightful. Great seats, fun evening.

reviewed May 16 2009 report as inappropriate
Dianne Klein-Chavarria
Review from Dianne Klein-Chavarria
Red Velvet 101 events 51 reviews

if you love all the broadway musicals you will love this show! funnier than hell and very entertaining. i highly recommend it.

reviewed May 14 2009 report as inappropriate
Gail Bowers
Review from Gail Bowers
Red Velvet 126 events 43 reviews

I'd give this show a mixed review, some parts were much better than others. I particularly liked the spoofs of Les Mis and Fiddler on the Roof and Jersey Boys but did not especially care for the Barabara Streisand or Liza Minelli.

reviewed May 07 2009 report as inappropriate
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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.

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