Previews began June 28 under the title Forbidden Broadway Dances with the Stars!; the show was renamed during previews.
The current production, which pokes fun at South Pacific, In the Heights, August: Osage County, Gypsy, Young Frankenstein, Sunday in the Park with George, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli and Kristin Chenoweth — is dedicated to the memory of Alvin Colt, who designed Forbidden Broadway's costumes for 15 years.
The cast comprises Christina Bianco, Jared Bradshaw, Gina Kreiezmar and Michael West with David Caldwell on piano. Alessandrini and Phillip George direct.
It was also recently announced that the Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning Forbidden Broadway, an Off-Broadway institution since its premiere in 1982 at Palsson's Supper Club, will close Jan. 15, 2009. In a statement Alessandrini said, "With the changing of the artistic climate on Broadway, I felt the next couple of seasons might be a perfect time to take a break. I've just put together a new edition that I feel succinctly encapsulates the last couple of years on Broadway and I thought this would be a positive and fun way to end our 27-year run. However, I do hope we might bring Forbidden Broadway back to New York at some point down the road when there will be plenty of new shows and stars to spoof."
The creative team for Forbidden Broadway also includes Megan Halpern (set design), the late Colt (costume design), David Moyer (additional costumes), Mark T. Simpson (lighting design) and David Caldwell (musical direction). Show times are Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 7:30 PM with matinees Wednesdays at 2 PM, Saturdays at 4 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.
The 47th Street Theatre is located in Manhattan at 304 West 47th Street. Tickets, priced $60-$65, are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information visit www.forbiddenbroadway.com.