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; as New York Times chief theatre critic Ben Brantley wrote in his review of the 2000 edition: "such a detailed evisceration happens to be the highest compliment you can give a musical star. It means that there is something there to parody."

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.


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