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Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging!



Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging, a new edition of Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway, the comic musical revue that lampoons all things Broadway, will open at the newly refurbished Davenport Theatre on 04 May 2014, following previews from 17 Mar 2014.

Gerard Alessandrini said,

We're having a particularly fun time with this one, because the edition is being created as the season unfolds, and the show is changing nightly! We're going to have our Opening Night just a few days after the Tony nominations are announced, so it's a very exciting time to be putting this together.
Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging is created and written by Gerard Alessandrini, and directed by Phillip George and Alessandrini, with musical direction by David Caldwell and lighting by Mark T. Simpson.

The show is produced by John Freedson, Harriet Yellin and Paul Bartz, in association with Paul G. Rice, Carol Ostrow, Paxton Quigley and Robert Driemeyer, Jamie deRoy, Lawrence Poster and Tweiss Productions.

The latest version of Forbidden Broadway, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking, recently returned to Off-Broadway following it's 10-month hiatus, playing at the Davenport Theatre through to the 16 Mar 2014.

Forbidden Broadway was born in 1982, when Alessandrini, a frustrated performer looking for a place to showcase himself and his friends, booked a weekend performance at Palsson's. The cast of five, had no producer or backer, and used costumes from the cast's own closets to spoof stars like Yul Brynner and Ethel Merman. The show quickly expanded to eight performances a week and ran at Palsson's for over six years.

Needing a bigger venue, Forbidden Broadway moved to the 125-seat Theatre East, where it ran until 1994. Since then, Forbidden Broadway was presented at the Triad until 1997, the Stardust Theatre from 1997-2001, the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre from 2001-2005, and the 47th Street Theatre. The show returned to the 47th Street Theatre in Sep 2012 after a three-year absence, where it closed in Apr 2013.

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