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What is the Story of Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging ?
Forbidden Broadway does not have a linear plot but rather pokes fun at Broadway shows and stars in short scenes much in the vein of Saturday Night Live. An off-Broadway staple, Forbidden Broadway has been around for 30 years and Alive & Kicking marks the 21st edition of the show.
The show is for the most part sharper and funnier than ever, with delightfully wicked new material outnumbering a few oldies but goodies. The combination of Alessandrini’s racing wit and nimble lyrics, the inventively on-the-cheap physical production, and the shockingly talented cast makes 'Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking!' essential viewing for all theater lovers.Review by Erik Haagensen from Backstage
The Broadway community needs to be able to laugh at itself - and so do the theatergoers. 'Forbidden Broadway' is rather like a good-spirited antidote for both flops and successes that are taken too seriously. 'Forbidden Broadway' is most distinguished by Alessandrini's very witty and hilarious lyrics, which are seamlessly combined with the actual music from each show.Review by Matt Windman from AM NY
What Is Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging Like?
This laugh-until-you-cry musical revue features 27 short songs and sketches lampooning Broadway’s most popular shows and most iconic stars. The talented four person cast alternates scenes, impersonating and making fun of stars like Steve Kazee, Audra McDonald, Matthew Broderick, Idina Menzel and Patti LuPone. You don't have to be a musical theater expert to enjoy the show, which carefully sets up each parody with lyrics that explain, for example, what's new with Sondheim revivals and why Spider-Man was controversial. Shows on the chopping block include Evita, Newsies, Annie, The Book of Mormon and Nice Work If You Can Get It and TV’s Smash. If you have any interest in Broadway shows and stars, you will have a fabulous time at Forbidden Broadway.
Is Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging Good for Kids?
Though the show refrains from using adult language, there are jokes about sex and drugs, and young audiences won't understand most of what's being parodied. Teen fans of musicals, however, will love it!