Forbidden Broadway back at the Menier Chocolate Factory

FB_680x260New York’s longest-running comedy revue Forbidden Broadway returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory this summer, playing at the venue from 19 June–16 August (press night is 2 July).

Forbidden Broadway has been an unstoppable force in theatre since 1982, when Gerard Alessandrini created the first edition that lampooned the Broadway shows and stars of the day. It has been a favourite among theatre lovers, as well as the Broadway stars themselves (Angela Lansbury, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Turner, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Carol Channing, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elaine Paige, Stephen Sondheim, Cameron Mackintosh, and Hal Prince among others), who often stop by to laugh at themselves alongside the public.

The piece has won numerous awards in its history including the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revue, the Special Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, six additional Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards. A theatrical institution, Forbidden Broadway has received national and international notoriety, racking up more than 9,000 performances in more than 200 US cities as well as engagements in London (including the Chocolate Factory in 2009), Tokyo, Singapore and Sydney.

This updated version of the show, from Broadway’s director Phillip George, showcases some of the best productions from both Broadway and the West End, including The Book of Mormon, Once, Matilda, Wicked and Miss Saigon.

Gerard Alessandrini is best known for creating Forbidden Broadway, which has spawned 21 editions, nine cast albums and a record-breaking 32-year run in New York. He is also a member of the original cast. Television credits include writing comedy specials for Bob Hope and Angela Lansbury on NBC and Carol Burnett on CBS.

Phillip George is a director and writer. Credits include: Shout!, The Road to Qatar (York Theatre Company), Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab, Forbidden Broadway SVU, Forbidden Hollywood, Whoop-Dee-Doo (Drama Desk Award, Best Musical Revue) and Forbidden Broadway Twentieth Anniversary Edition. With his longstanding collaborator Peter Morris, George also wrote Frankly Scarlett, which played at the King’s Head Theatre.

Forbidden Hollywood is presented in association with John Freedson and Harriet Yellin.


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