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Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation
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Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(169 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
6%
Negative
1%
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,

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Member Reviews (169)

80
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). Read more

64
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (16)

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

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

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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October 16th, 2019

"Armed with new material, a fabulous cast and a fresh coat of greasepaint, his 'Forbidden Broadway the Next Generation' mercilessly and hysterically takes on the sacred cows on the Great and sometimes not so great White Way."
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October 16th, 2019

"The Next Generation Boldly Goes Where Few Critics Have Gone Before: Gerard Alessandrini's comedy revue returns for the next class of theater-makers."
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October 22nd, 2019

"Gerard Alessandrini's 'FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: THE NEXT GENERATION' Aims Satirical Darts At Broadway's Freshest Targets"
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October 22nd, 2019

"I think of Gerard Alessandrini as a kind of superhero: In a show business world gone mad, you can always count on 'Forbidden Broadway,' his long-running satirical revue, to rise up, phoenix-like, ready to smack down the poseurs and pretenders who would appropriate the Broadway stage for their own nefarious purposes."
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October 16th, 2019

4/5 Stars: "Gerard Alessandrini astutely observes that we're in a musical drought. He couldn't be righter, but a drought couldn't come close to stalling the intrepid Alessandrini from sending up the American musical"
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October 16th, 2019

3/5 Stars: "What happens when the spoof is as venerable as the spoofed? The answer is this: Moderate amusement, a few good jokes, a lot of middling ones, and no real reason for existing except that it has always existed"
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October 29th, 2019

"A Theasy Best Bet… Allessandrini and the excellent quintet he's currently assembled deliver a showcase with an abundance of affection and little bite lost… Even if you aren't a regular theatregoer, there's a lot to relish here."
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October 18th, 2019

"How did we survive this long interval without Alessandrini's insightful satirizing and inspired spoofing...This corner welcomes it back as it again demonstrates that it has what it takes to mock the mediocre even as it also joyously celebrates the parodic life upon the wicked stage."
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October 27th, 2019

"Sometimes lethal barbs gift-wrapped with humor by a small ensemble… If 'Forbidden Broadway' is uneven, so is Broadway…The pleasures aren't limited to the clever, savvy lyrics. It is also an entertainment because of the physical mimicry…and cast members' vocal talents."
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October 18th, 2019

"No longer are the names above the title a primary source of inspiration for 'Forbidden Broadway,' but rather the titles themselves and how they resonate with today's audiences."
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October 16th, 2019

"As with every edition of this series, having seen as many current or recent shows on the boards as possible makes all of Alessandrini's gags and barbs land with an even greater thud. Would I have laughed so hard on his spot-at 'Woke-lahoma' had I not seen Daniel Fish's revisionist revival? (Nope!)"
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October 19th, 2019

"Judy Garland…has been done so often that it might seem another sketch couldn't be fresh, but the song she delivers roasts Renee Zellweger, who plays her in the film Judy. It's one of the highlights of the entire revue."
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