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So come with us on an omnibus To a theatre-goers' soiree To that Neverland where the hits get panned Forbidden Broadway! -Volume 1 Opening Theme
Forbidden Broadway is a parody revue show written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini that originally ran off-Broadway from 1982 to 2009. The early incarnations of the show spoofed musicals from the Golden Age and iconic performers like Ethel Merman and Carol Channing, but the format was quickly adapted to pastiche works in the current Broadway season. As the revue gained reputation, it became a point of honor in the theatre community to have one's work parodied by Forbidden Broadway.Forbidden Broadway is typically performed by a cast of two men and two women with piano accompaniment. The show went on hiatus in 2009, but returned to turning out new editions off-Broadway in the summer of 2012. It's also toured the U.S., has yielded two spinoffs, and even made a few trips overseas.
When Blood Brothers's Broadway run featured David Cassidy and Petula Clark in leading roles, their 1960s hits "I Think I Love You" and "Downtown" became "I Think I'm Acting" and "Downshow."
The parody of the 1996 Broadway revival of The King and I had Donna Murphy playing Anna as her previous character of Fosca from Passion (which closed too quickly to parody on its own).
The parody of the 2012 Broadway revival of Evita had Ricky Martin singing (what else?) "Livin' Evita Loca".
Adolf Hitlarious: In Comes Out Swinging and the 2014 London edition, Cabaret is crossed over with an attack on the increasing number of musicals having corporate backing/sponsorship with "Broadway Belongs to Me", in which executives take the place of Nazis and corporate logos (Disney, Warner Bros., etc.) take the place of the swastikas!
Better Than a Bare Bulb: As always, but in particular the act of hanging a lampshade on the lampshading in "The Song That Goes Like This" from Spamalot, owing to the tendency of post-millenial musical comedies to poke fun at musical conventions and styles — generally, "real" musicals didn't do that when this revue launched.
Brainless Beauty: John Davidson, as mocked for his State Fair performance in "Oh, What A Beautiful Moron."
City Shout Outs: In "Ambition" (a spoof of "Tradition"), there's a line that on the cast album that goes, "But here in our little village of Manhattan, there are over 50,000 actors, all trying their best not to end up in Baltimore." When on tour, "Baltimore" usually gets changed to the town they are perfroming in.
The show has a low, low opinion of Jersey Boys, mocking the high-pitched singing ("Walk like a man/Sing like a girl"), and claiming that there's too much dialogue and it's overproduced pop trash that steals from actual Broadway.