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Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation

From 76 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, 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 for a 10-week limited engagement. Note: there is a 2 drink minimum for this venue. 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!

1h 30m | Already closed | The Triad (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (76)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great singing, Delightful
82
Avg Score

81
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.

88
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

88
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

80
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.

88
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.

83
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.

82
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

84
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

75
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.

97
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.

76
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

88
Great writing, Clever, Entertaining, The best came last, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy satirical writing and like to see things get spoofed when they deserve it. Cast was talented, music great, and the rest great fun.

Don't see it if If you already hate the Triad, don't appreciate satire, or are not a Broadway regular. Much of this is lost unless you know the shows.

Also Once again Alessandrini brings forth a delectable show spoofing the sh... Read more Read less

86
Hilarious, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You want to see a great parity of Broadway's current offerings performed by an outstanding cast that has it spot on with clever lyrics.

Don't see it if you are not concerned or knowledgeable about the current shows playing in Broadway.

89
An insanely talented and versatile cast of five bring the hilarity

See it if You’re up on your Broadway and want to laugh.

Don't see it if You haven’t set foot in a theater in years.

Also My friend hesitated to see this edition of FB because she hadn’t seen ... Read more Read less

80
Smart, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy Broadway spoofery with a talented cast

Don't see it if you're not into comedy or don't think you'll pick up on some deep cut Broadway jokes

77
Funny, Inconsistent, Entertaining, Cute

See it if you see a lot of theater and enjoy gentle satire. Some skits work better than others. Enjoyable enough but I hoped for more.

Don't see it if you haven't seen most current shows. This is better appreciated by serious theater fans. Spamilton was much more clever.

Also I got tickets via TDF so there was no drink minimum but those seats ar... Read more Read less

84
Ambitious, Fluffy, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are a huge broadway fan and know all the shows currently on broadway. See their renditions of Oklahoma, Hades town, Moulin Rouge, etc.

Don't see it if this is a parody of the current Broadway shows, so if not a fan, or do not most of the current running shows, you may not enjoy this as much

Also I have seen multiple versions through the years for Forbidden Broadway... Read more Read less

95
Raunchy, Intelligent, Hilarious, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if You have seen and liked any of the previous incarnations, you have seen many Broadway shows and want to see them skewered.

Don't see it if You have not seen many shows. You will not get the jokes or you only want to see serious drama.

Also This edition was definitely up to par with previous versions. I have t... Read more Read less

70
Fluffy, Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy parodies of musicals on Broadway.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy parodies or spoof, especially if you haven't seen many musicals on Broadway.

85
Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Delightful

See it if You love theater and are very in-the-know about the last two seasons of Broadway shows.

Don't see it if You don’t like to be crowded into small tables in a cabaret space that is intimate in the bad way.

Also For the first number or two, I was worried. It felt hokey. I’ve seen F... Read more Read less

78
Cliched, Great acting, Dated, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like the franchise in general. Aline Mayagoitia was a special standout. You’ve seen all the shows currently running.

Don't see it if You prefer the nastier predecessors - this outing was a bit tame. You’re not up to date on broadway- the funniest bits really need reference

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if If you need a good laugh during these dark days.

Don't see it if You need at least a passing familiarity with broadway shows/musicals.

Also Boy, this was fun to just sit back and and have a few belly laughs. It... Read more Read less

81
Ambitious, Great singing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you've seen a lot of bway (or you'll miss the references). Mr Alessandrini's clever takes on so much of bway (& beyond) is always a delight!

Don't see it if you've hardly seen anything...the references are the current & recent seasons often done via way way past seasons' songs.

Also SPOILER ALERT! I can't believe it's been 5 years since the last one. W... Read more Read less

80
Hilarious, Silly, mindless fun, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You want to see the best (or most overrated) shows of the Broadway season spoofed. It’s a guaranteed good time for Broadway lovers.

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for uneven comedy. Several numbers are forgettable. You resent two drink minimums.

Also I enjoyed the Moulin Rouge, Ferryman and Oklahoma parodies most. The H... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy parody and keep up to date with theatre.Cast is, as always, excellent.

Don't see it if you're not well versed in theatre and get frustrated if you don't get the jokes.


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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