Sunday, September 14, 2008

Dear God, no!

“The Off Broadway mainstay that has lampooned Patti LuPone, mocked Stephen Sondheim and found many other unwitting foils among Broadway’s greats and not-so-greats for more than a quarter century is closing its curtain, perhaps forever, after more than 9,000 performances.

“‘Forbidden Broadway,’ the satirical revue of the New York theater scene, regularly updated with the passing seasons, has spoofed and skewered the best and worst theatrical performances since Gerard Alessandrini introduced it in 1982. Four months from now--on Jan. 15, 2009, the 27th anniversary of the show’s debut at Palsson’s Supper Club on West 72nd Street--‘Forbidden Broadway’ will close, with no firm plans to reopen, Mr. Alessandrini said.

“‘When I look at the seasons coming up, I don’t particularly think we’ll have a great opportunity to have really funny numbers about ‘Shrek’ or another ‘Guys and Dolls’ revival or some of the stuff that’s coming out... When Broadway becomes too theme-park-like, it makes it difficult, and it just looks like it’s becoming overly commercial the next couple of years,’ he said.”

-- “‘Forbidden Broadway’ Curtain to Go Down”

PLUS: Four quintessential Forbidden Broadway parodies. The Julie Andrews send-up is just priceless.

1. TOPOL: “If I Were a Rich Man,” Fiddler On the Roof (“If I Sing It Slower,” Gerard Alessandrini)

2. JULIE ANDREWS: “I Could Have Danced All Night,”
My Fair Lady (“I Couldn't Hit the Note,” Susanne Blakeskee)

3. BARBRA STREISAND: “Somewhere,”
West Side Story (“Someday,” Barbara Walsh)

4. JONATHAN PRYCE, LEA SALONGA: “Tonight I Will Be Miss Saigon”/“Sun and Moon,”
Miss Saigon (“Tonight Who Will Play Miss Saigon?,” Craig Wells, Susanne Blakeslee, Christine Pedi, Brad Oscar; “You Are Hallmark, I Postcard,” Brad Oscar, Susanne Blakeslee)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OMG! This is soooo sad.

I love this hilarious show, seen it a couple of times. But unless you’re into theater, some of the jokes are off, but nonetheless, it’s a riot!

Well, best of luck to them.

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