With 2001 now at a merciful end, specific references to the date sound obsolete the minute the calendar hits Jan. 1, 2002. As such, on Jan. 1, the long-running Off-Broadway spoofical, Forbidden Broadway, changes the subtitle of its current roster from "Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey" to Forbidden Broadway: 20th Anniversary Celebration.
The current cast is expected to stay put, as are most of the current song sketches, though a Pete Sanders office spokesperson told Playbill On-Line that, in keeping with the 20th Anniversary theme, "some old favorites will be put back into the show. It will have that flair to it."
Long a theatrical tradition, whose latest edition has been skewering Aida, Contact, The Full Monty, Kiss Me, Kate, The Music Man, Sarah Brightman and more, Forbidden Broadway generally played club venues (such as Steve McGraw's (now the Triad) and Ellen's Stardust Theatre) before moving, in May, to a legit Off-Broadway house, the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, far west on 42nd Street, near 10th Avenue.
The 2000-2001 Forbidden Broadway cast, directed by Forbidden Broadway creator-founder Gerard Alessandrini (and choreographed and co-directed by Phillip George), includes Carter Calvert, Eric Gutman, Michael West and Becky Barta, with William Selby and Gina Kreiezmar understudying. Glenn Gordon is the pianist and musical director. Designers are Bradley Kaye (set) and Alvin Colt (costumes).
After three months of development in previews, the current edition of FB opened Dec. 6, 2000. For tickets ($49.50-$55) and information on Forbidden Broadway at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre: 432 West 42nd Street, call (212) 239-6200. *
On Feb. 13, DRG released the show's original cast recording. Among the 27 musical numbers in the show are “Stritch” (not on the disk) in which Pedi, shifting from haunch to haunch, imitates the inimitable Elaine Stritch, here depicted as resigned to forever playing boozy broads. For her part, Finley takes on Marin Mazzie taking on the critics who’ve dissed her. Another segment mocks Contact’s use of recorded music, while a number held over from the previous FB parodies “The Circle of Life” to poke fun at neck and back injuries caused by The Lion King’s masks and costumes. Recent numbers also show Craig Bierko (The Music Man) and James Carpinello (Saturday Night Fever) taking their lumps, though Les Miserables seems positively rejuvenated by being crossed with Rocky Horror.
Here's the track list for the CD:
1. Forbidden Broadway 2001: Another Op'nin', Another Show
2. Futuristic Stewardess / Usherette: Come Fly With Me
3. Judi Dench: Why Can't The English?
4. Trouble in New York City: Trouble
5. The Music Man revival 2001: Till There Was You
6. Cole Porter: You're the Top / From This Moment On
7. Kiss Me, Kate Revival 2001: Wunderbar
8. I Hate Ben - Marin Mazzie: I Hate Men
9. Cheryl Ladd in Annie Get Your Gun: There's No Business Like Show Business
10. Miss Saigon Farwell: Why God Why?
11. Saturday Night Fiasco: Stayin' Alive
12. Gwen Verdon and the Fosse Dancers: I'm A Brass Band / Steam Heat
13. Liza Minnelli 2001 / Alan Cumming in Cabaret: Wilkommen.
14. Let's Ruin imes Square Again: Let's Do The Time Warp Again.
15. Ethel Merman and Elton John: I've Got Rhythm / Old Fashioned Wedding
16. Beauty's Been Decreased: Beauty and the Beast
17. Being LuPone: Being Alive
18. Sondheim's Blues: Buddy's Blues
19. Streisand's Farewell Tour: Happy Days Are Here Again / Mame
20. Les Miz 2001: Edith Piaf / Javert: Milord / Stars
21. Aida - Amneris' Intro: Every Story is a Love Story; Heather Headley / It's Cheesy - Easy As Life.
22. Elaborate Sets: Elaborate Lives
23. Angela Lansbury: I Don't Want to Know
24. The Full Monty: Let It Go
25. 76 Hit Shows: 76 Trombones
26. Bows-Ta-Ta Folks: Another Op'nin', Another Show
27. (Bonus track) Joseph and the Amazing High `C': Any Dream Will Do.
Though the 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.
FB has played at several locations on Manhattan's upper East Side and upper West Side since its humble beginnings 18 years ago, in 1982.
The show has been seen around the country and around the world: London, Singapore, Japan, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Detroit, Melbourne and many other places. Past cast members include Jason Alexander, Chloe Webb, Dee Hoty, Christine Pedi, Brad Oscar and Bryan Batt.