Theatre: Forbidden Broadway

Original cast. Unoriginal cover.
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.