‘Forbidden’ favorites parodiedWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Classic and current Broadway shows are parodied in “Forbidden Broadway,” which is making its way to Toledo. The curtains will rise at the Valentine Theatre at 8 p.m. Nov. 22. The musical comedy pokes fun at popular shows like “The Book of Mormon,” “Jersey Boys,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Lion King,” “Les Misérables,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Chicago,” “Annie” and “Wicked.”
Producer John Freedson said it’s the “‘Saturday Night Live’ of Broadway.” It consists of sketches making fun of the shows and famous actors who starred in them.
“Anyone that watches ‘Glee’ or ‘Smash’ or occasionally watches the Tony Awards … knows this stuff. They know the songs, they know the music,” Freedson said. “All we’re really doing is taking the songs they know.”
Freedson said “Forbidden Broadway” is still enjoyable for people who don’t go to shows often.
“I like that we’re making audiences laugh and we’re bringing the best of Broadway around the country and getting a good laugh,” Freedson said. “We also bring a spectacular cast of a caliber that’s rarely seen on tours around the country. They’re true triple-threat performers with fabulous voices and are funny at the same time. We hope we are bringing something that people aren’t accustomed to seeing around the country.”
The show was written by Gerard Alessandrini and recently closed in New York. The script is rewritten every year to stay current and numbers are tested in New York to see which ones get the biggest laughs.
Freedson enjoys the number parodying “Les Misérables.”
“[It’s] such a serious show. It’s so tragic that it’s just begging to be [parodied],” he said.
Tickets for the show range from $36-$56 and can be purchased through the Valentine theatre Box Office at (419) 242-2787 or online at the web site www.valentinetheatre.com.