Forbidden Broadway, the Tony Award-winning show famous for its affectionate skewering of the Great White Way, stops at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu as part of its 30th anniversary tour at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 26.
Tickets, priced at $45, $35, and $25 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling(310) 506-4522. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787. More information:http://arts.pepperdine.edu/ or http://www.forbiddenbroadway.com/
This fall-down funny, satirical roast of over 30 Broadway hits in 90 minutes features outrageous costumes, silly song spoofs, and madcap impressions by a talented quartet of comic chameleons, with satirical vignettes of Grease, Wicked,Phantom, Les Mis, The Producers, The Lion King, and more.
A hit with audiences and critics alike, Forbidden Broadway has people of all ages rolling in the aisles. The New York Timesraved, "Forbidden Broadway is absolutely hilarious!" LA Weekly proclaimed, "Outrageous hilarity! The cast is brilliant!"
Forbidden Broadway was first seen at Palsson's Supper Club on New York's Upper West Side in 1982. An unemployed actor, Gerard Alessandrini, wanted a showcase for his talents. He decided to assemble some of the musical parodies of Broadway shows he had written since childhood into a nightclub act. Critics and audiences were wowed, and it has since become New York's longest-running musical comedy revue.
The show has won Tony, Drama Desk, Obie, and Outer Critics Circle awards. Most of its victims (stars and casts alike) make a point of stopping by to see what Alessandrini has done to them.
Updated regularly, Forbidden Broadway has had several editions, countless revisions, three New York City performance spaces, several national and international tours, and thousands of special performances.
The show has also become known for talented but as-yet-unknown actors, many of whom have gone on to stardom on Broadway, on television, and in the movies.
As long as Broadway and Hollywood exist, there will be a Forbidden--poking, prodding, teasing, pleasing, jeering, and cheering, but always with love.