The previously announced return of Forbidden Broadway has pushed back its start date at off-Broadway’s 47th Street Theatre by one week. Written by Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini and directed by Alessandrini and Phillip George, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking will now begin previews on July 24, with an opening night set for September 6. Casting for this new edition of the popular musical revue will be announced shortly.
“Over the past three years, I sat through show after show, with no outlet at all,” Alessandrini said in a statement. “Finally, I couldn’t take it any more. Now I have three years worth of pent-up parodies, and am blessed with a season that has practically written itself.”
Forbidden Broadway promises to spoof shows from the current Broadway season, including Newsies, Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, Ghost, Once, Follies, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, End of the Rainbow, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Porgy and Bess and Godspell. Broadway plays won’t be spared—Forbidden Broadway will also parody Clybourne Park, End of the Rainbow, Other Desert Cities and Death of a Salesman. In addition to new shows, the production will highlight Broadway musicals from past seasons, including The Book of Mormon, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Anything Goes and Sister Act.
Alive and Kicking is the 21st edition of Forbidden Broadway, which premiered off-Broadway in 1982. Billed as a limited engagement, it is currently scheduled to run through January 6, 2013.