Forbidden Broadway returning to Off-Broadway

Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway, the comic musical revue that lampoons all things Broadway, returns for another Off-Broadway engagement following it's 10-month hiatus, with a new edition Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Still Kicking, playing at the newly refurbished Davenport Theatre from 22 Feb 2014.

Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Still Kicking features brand new takes on the shows that opened in Forbidden Broadway's absence: Pippin, Kinky Boots, Matilda and Motown along with highlights from last season's 'Forbidden Broadway: Alove and Kicking': Once, Evita, Newsies, Book of Mormon, among others.

Gerard Alessandrini said:

When we heard Les Miz was coming back for its third Broadway run, it was a wake-up call that it was time for us to resume. We just couldn't rest in peace. So we're picking up where we left off last April. And now feels like the perfect time to be back in New York: right in between seasons. There's everything we didn't get the chance to spoof last year, and a new avalanche of shows waiting to crash down on us. We'll start with Pippin,Kinky Boots, Matilda and Motown, and as the season unfolds, we'll add Rocky, Cabaret, Bridges of Madison County, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, etc. Then we can officially open the new edition around Awards Season.
Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Still Kicking 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.

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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