Forbidden Broadway posterFirst seen on New York’s Upper West Side in January 1982, Forbidden Broadway comes to California Musical Theatre’s Cosmopolitan Cabaret as the first show of their 2012 Season.

When 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 music comedy revue. Updated regularly, Forbidden Broadway has spawned 15 editions, countless revisions, a 25th year and continues to run in New York, has had several national and international tours, and thousands of special performances.

Marc Ginsburg, Jessica Reiner-Harris, Jerry Lee and Melissa WolfKlain in the Cosmopolitan Cabaret production of Forbidden Broadway running through March 18. Photo by Charr Crail.From start to finish, this show is sure to poke fun at all of your favorites including The Lion King, Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and Chicago. Many memorable songs are parodied, such as Annie’s “30 Years Old Tomorrow,” Mary Poppins’ “Feed the Burbs,” and Hairspray’s “You Can’t Stop the Camp.”

Forbidden Broadway runs now until March 18 and tickets are still available. If you go, let us know how many shows were referenced in the production and what your favorite song is!

The 2012 Cosmopolitan Cabaret Season continues with Triple Espresso (May 30-July 22) and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Sept 26-Nov 18).



Written by Intern, Aimee Steffen


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