No Show, or Star, is Safe From Forbidden Broadway

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Jenny Lee Stern (left to right), Marcus Stevens, Scott Richard Foster and Natalie Charlé Ellis in 'Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking.' Jenny Lee Stern (left to right), Marcus Stevens, Scott Richard Foster and Natalie Charlé Ellis in Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking. (Carol Rosegg)

Forbidden Broadway is back. After a 30-year first run and a three-year, self-imposed hiatus, impresario Gerard Alessandrini and his send-up of theatrical convention – and theatrical innovation – are once again on the boards in New York.

The new production, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking, is at the 47th Street Theater and stars Natalie Charle Ellis, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Lee Stern and Marcus Stevens. It resurrects some classic routines, but mostly sends up the current state of the Great White Way. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood has seen it and he reports that while Broadway shows certainly are parodied, so is Broadway itself.

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