DRG will record two Off-Broadway musicals, 4 Guys Named Jose and Forbidden Broadway: A 2001 Spoof Odyssey, before the year is out, record producer Hugh Fordin told Playbill On-Line (Nov. 14).
The cast of 4 Guys Named Jose...and una Mujer named Maria, the celebration of Latino music at the Blue Angel, go into the studio Nov. 27, Forbidden Broadway A 2001 Spoof Odyssey, the new edition of the longrunning revue that pokes theatre in the eye, records Dec. 12.
A February 2001 release is scheduled for both cast albums.
The four Joses of the title are Senors Cubano, Dominicano, Mexicano and Boricua, funny, charming guys who have spent all their money to put on a show that will not only portray their cultures in a positive light, but also launch them into superstardom.They don't, however, count on falling for their lovely leading lady, Maria. A live Latin band, led by musical supervisor and arranger Oscar Hernandez (The Capeman), plays the classic baladas, boleros, cha-chas, mambos, merengue and salsa songs that serve for the musical's score. Starring in Jose are Phillip Anthony, Allen Hidalgo, Henry Gainza and Ricardo Puente with former Miss Florida and Miss America finalist Lisette Gonzalez as Maria. Richard Rogers Award winner Susana Tubert directs. Joining her is choreographer Maria Torres (currently starring in Swing!).
Off-Broadway's Forbidden Broadway: A 2001 Spoof Odyssey postponed the opening of its latest edition at the Stardust Theatre (in Ellen's Stardust Diner) in October. The unlikely and unpredictable confluence of events resulted in creator-director Gerard Alessandrini having to drop three numbers from the satirical show.
The new edition of FB was to have included comical musical takes about stage stars Gwen Verdon and Liza Minnelli, as well as the Screen Actors Strike against the commercial producers. Then, in a matter of days, Verdon died, the SAG strike was resolved and it was revealed that Minnelli was ailing in a Florida hospital. Alessandrini decided the trio of songs could not run as is.
Though Forbidden Broadway revue changes its parody songs constantly to stay current with theatre trends, every now and then creator-director Gerard Alessandrini gives the show a full once over, just to acknowledge how much new material has been added. When the show opens its latest installment, it will have been roughly two years since the last overhaul in 1998 (as Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act!).
In previews since Sept. 7, the latest Forbidden Broadway makes fun of such new Broadway entries as Aida, Swing!, The Music Man and Seussical. The show also changed its title to fit the new millennium: Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey.
This Forbidden entry features four new cast-members: Charles Bergell, Felicia Finley, Danny Gurwin and FB veteran Christine Pedi. According to production spokespersons at the Pete Sanders press office, this edition will also give a nod to Sarah Brightman's current concert tour, enabling the Phantom sparrow to warble, "Time I Said Goodbye."
FB has played at several locations on Manhattan's upper East Side and Upper West Side since its humble beginnings 15 years ago.
DRG has been responsible in the past for releasing albums of Barbara Cook's cabaret shows, the concert revivals of Out of This World, and the Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate, among many other discs.
— By Kenneth Jones
and Christine Ehren and David Lefkowitz