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, and “Forbidden Broadway” was born. Critics and audiences were wowed and it has since become New York’s longest running musical comedy revenue.
Now in its ninth reincarnation, “Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit” comes to the stage at Frostburg State University at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Performing Arts Center. “Forbidden Broadway” is the opening production of the 2008-2009 Cultural Events Series at FSU.
“Forbidden Broadway” pays scathing and hilarious homage to Broadway’s biggest shows and brightest stars, continuing the series’ tradition of spoofing Broadway shows. It opens with the traditional parody of “Little Orphan Annie,” portraying a bitter actress who portrayed Annie 20 years before and is now out of her prime, but not out of her Annie costume. She is shot suddenly and the shooting was no accident; it was a bust of another lousy Broadway show. The parodies and laughter begin.
This year’s “Special Victims” include the puppets of “Avenue Q,” the witches of “Wicked,” Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out,” Robert Goulet in “La Cage aux Folles” and new looks at old favorites, including “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Les Miserables,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King” and “Chicago.” Rounding out the laughs are Mel Brooks’ “The Producers,” Abba’s “Mamma Mia” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Stars are also spoofed, including Hugh Jackman, Julie Andres, Brooke Shields, Beach Boys and Harvey Fierstein.
Tickets may be ordered by calling 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137, or by visiting http://ces.frostburg.edu. Ticket packages and discounts are available, including the Build Your Own Series for those who plan to attend several events throughout the year; Corporate Nights, offering group pricing, priority seating and personalized service; and Group Sales, with special rates for purchases of 15 or more tickets for a single performance.
The Cultural Events Series is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non profit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu.
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