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Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! Shutters

It has been reported that Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging, a new edition of Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway, the comic musical revue that lampoons all things Broadway, has announced that it will close off-Broadway on 20 July 2014 at the newly refurbished Davenport Theatre. The latest engagement opened on 04 May 2014, following previews from 17 Mar 2014.

Gerard Alessandrini said: "It seems like it works best for us in these seasons, to do the show in New York as a series of limited runs. We've had a great five months this year, and will take a break, and come back with the new edition when there are new shows and stars to spoof!"

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. This current incarnation includes takes on Hedwig, Idina Menzel, Sylvester Stallone, Rocky, Cabaret, The Bridges of Madison County, Aladdin, Les Miserables, Motown, and Matilda, among others.

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.

Forbidden Broadway is currently playing a limited run at London's Menier Chocolate Factory through Aug. 20. The show will also play a limited engagement at Feinstein's in San Francisco July 10-27.

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.

- by Dom O'Hanlon

Erica Dorfler and Marcus Stevens

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