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Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation

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Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Delightful

About the show

After a five-year absence, an all-new edition of Gerard Alessandrini’s musical spoof of all things theatre returns to New York, More…

From the show:

It’s been five long years since Forbidden Broadway last graced the New York stage. But Tony Award-winning parodist Gerard Alessandrini is back, with a HILARIOUS, ALL NEW, UP-TO-THE-MINUTE EDITION - Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation!

The new show comically and musically eviscerates Hadestown, Moulin Rouge, Tootsie, Beetlejuice, the very dark Oklahoma, The Ferryman, the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof, The Cher Show, Dear Evan Hansen, What the Constitution Means to Me, and the new generation of Broadway stars including Ben Platt, Santino Fontana, Billy Porter, Alex Brightman and exciting returns by Bette Midler, Andre de Shields, Bernadette Peters, Karen Olivo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and many surprises. Don’t miss it-- Five years is a long time to wait!

Member Reviews (169)


Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Delightful
Avg Score

Delightful, Clever staging, Great voices, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you love Bdway musicals. Fun for everyone, esply insiders. Clever lyrics, excellent piano, wonderful voices, good choreog = a great escape.

Don't see it if you need to hear every word (some lyrics lost). Or want plot (opening premise is weak). Or don't know any shows (parody riffs on originals).

Also Not every song hits the mark, but plenty that do. The cast is very tal... Read more Read less

Very tame, Hard working cast, Some great singing, Some clever moments, Disappointing

See it if You can be satisfied by sheer effort. The cast works very hard and most are quite talented. They cover a large selection of Broadway shows.

Don't see it if You’re expecting it to be funny or fresh. It’s neither. There was no real “parody” here but rather a snide retelling.

Also It’s not funny if it’s the truth. Sure it’s the truth that we don’t re... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if If you like a parody of musicals on Broadway. Funny, entertaining and good fun.

Don't see it if If you do not shows that spoof.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Parodies that hit home. Witty well-performed songs & impressions of Broadway actors. e.g. "WOKE-lahoma...Oh what a miserable morning"

Don't see it if You don't like parodies. You won't enjoy it as much if you haven't seen many Broadway musicals recently. Cast of 5 plus a pianist.

Funny, Great impersonating, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a clever collection of (mostly) spot-on parodies of Bway shows & stars performed by a tireless, talented, versatile company.

Don't see it if u haven't seen a Bway musical in the last 5 yrs; u expect the viciousness of previous versions [This one's more a celebration than a roast.]

Also There are so many highlights, especially the spoofs of Oklahoma!, Moul... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the lighter side of Broadway musicals and the actors in them-lots of laughs here by a talented cast of 5 bringing constant action.

Don't see it if you take your Broadway musicals and stars all seriously - here, new words to familiar tunes skewer the plots and actors.

Delightful, Great writing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if fan of previous editions, curious about how it tackles more recent shows, enjoy great satire of shows & personalities, love Broadway

Don't see it if satire is not your thing, you haven't enjoyed Broadway musicals for years, you take Broadway shows too seriously, don't like laughting

Theater savvy, Marvelous fun, Hilarious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you love B'way. Everything music, lyrics & costumes is rich w/ implied & explicit commentary. Even if you haven't seen it all, it'll be fun!

Don't see it if you dislike the current theatrical season. Actually a they don't like everything either.

Great writing, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if Game players deride recent musical Broadway hits (current and closed) in new tweaked version (drinks and +1child) of decades-long franchise.

Don't see it if A dearth of qualifying lampoon-worthy candidates force the pond to expand to include cable and film, diluting the brand to lesser effect.

Also The vote's out on the new format, but this has been very much missed.

Fluffy, Clever, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy satire. You're familiar with both classic & current Broadway shows. You want a talented cast performing in an intimate cabaret.

Don't see it if You don't like venues w/drink minimums. You dislike parody. You want equally good skits: some are gr8, others are meh & Captain Obvious.

Great singing, Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Funny way of doing parody of musical that on Broadway. In a cabinet setting.

Don't see it if Take things serious and hate to laugh. Has a minimum of two drinks.

Also This was my first time seeing anything Forbidden Broadway. Its was alo... Read more Read less

Quirky, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you’re a theatre junky looking for a laugh.

Don't see it if you don’t go to the theatre often. You won’t understand the references. This also gets to be pretty inside-baseball at times.

Entertaining, Great writing, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if you liked the original Forbidden Broadway shows. This one is worthy of the others. Very funny and well sung.

Don't see it if you don't like criticism of Broadway shows or like a bigger stage. The Triad is a small venue but stage is well used.

Also The more shows you have seen the more you will appreciate this show. I... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Parody of Moulin Rouge with lyrics set to Madonna is hilarious. Loved the Frozen and Woke-lahoma parodies. Young kid is great as Evan Hansen

Don't see it if You don't like parodies or sarcasm. Wished a few skits had more singing.

Talented cast, Cramped venue, Entertaining, Smart, Clever

See it if You know/love yr theater history. This parodies 2019 shows but also movies and theater-related TV. Next Gen not as barbed as years past.

Don't see it if Don't want a kid as part of cast of 5- he's talented but it's weird. If you don't know the music & Bdwy scene, much will go over your head.

Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Dizzying, Clever

See it if You know/have seen a lot of the current of Broadway Shows. You don't take anything to seriously. The performers are all incredibly talented

Don't see it if There are some hits and misses. Some songs are funny and great, others fall a little flat. Go with the flow and you'll have fun.

100% pure fun, Great writing, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if you love musical theatre, Bway, and great performances.I have missed Forbidden Bway and am THRILLED it is back.Their take on OK is perfect

Don't see it if you don't like theatre, never see musicals and are dead inside.

Clever musical parody with talented cast

See it if I'd seen most of the shows treated, but my friend saw only one. He loved it, anyway. The talent is great. Pianist Fred Barton is an expert

Don't see it if It helps if you've seen the shows, but the fun is apparent even if you haven't. Woke-lahoma was fun. At 13, Joshua Turchin is on the rise!

Great singing, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Fun

See it if It's nearly 40 years. We all know what FB is about - a fun takedown of current Broadway shows. If you're a Broadway goer, you'll like it.

Don't see it if If you rarely go to Broadway, you probably won't get the jokes and won't like this.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Sometimes clever, Hit & miss

See it if you are a frequent theater-goer & like parodies; hard working cast; some clever bits.

Don't see it if expecting the same incisive material that previous incarnations have shown.

Also The addition of a teenage boy to the cast was less funny than having a... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You have seen many, if not all, of the Broadway shows being parodied; like satirical revues, want to escape the headlines

Don't see it if you're a Broadway purist & don't want a couple of cable performance parodies (i.e. Judy & Fosse/Verdn*), want all parodies to be good

Also * both excellent though. Oklahoma (Woklahoma) & the Porter/Miranda inc... Read more Read less

Okay, Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you love seeing Broadway lampooned.

Don't see it if you expect the level of previous versions of the show. This isn’t quite as strong.

Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You want a fun good time. Some of the bits very clever. You will laugh and smile.

Don't see it if You have not seen a lot of broadway shows. This show makes fun of and twists recent broadway shows. A few sketches fall flat; cast uneven.

Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you are familiar with the Broadway shows of 2019 and can laugh at a spoof that sometimes hits home.

Don't see it if you need "great" theater or need to "protect" Broadway.

Also This is a show that very much accomplishes what it attempts - a light ... Read more Read less

Great writing, Fluffy, Cliched, Funny, Clever

See it if you want a fun evening roasting some of Broadway's best shows. You won't stop laughing!

Don't see it if you don't like anyone spoofing your favorite show. No one is immune in this hilarious romp.

January 25th, 2020
"Gerard Alessandrini's 'FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: THE NEXT GENERATION' Moves To The York"
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January 25th, 2020
"Still finding furiously funny ways to burlesque, spoof, parody, and otherwise make digestible mincemeat of the American musical theatre…'Forbidden Broadway…' ranges on the humor scale from smiles to chuckles to laughs to guffaws. Its humor may be cutting, but why else would it be forbidden?"
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October 21st, 2019
for a previous production CRITICS’ PICK "'Forbidden Broadway' Sticks It to the Great Woke Way: Gerard Alessandrini’s franchise was looking as long in the tooth as the shows it aimed to skewer. A new edition brings it back to hilarious life."
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October 16th, 2019
for a previous production 3/5 stars "There may be more smiles than all-out laughs, but there are at least enough guffaws to make you spit out your two-drink minimum."
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