Forbidden Broadway& 15 - 26 May 2012
Con Cowan Theatre, Bunting Road Campus
Parodying your favorite Broadway hits from shows like “Mamma Mia”, “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Misérables”, New York’s longest running musical comedy revue, “Forbidden Broadway” makes its Joburg debut at the UJ Con Cowan Theatre from 15 May 2012.
Naledi award-winning musical theatre duo, Greg Homann and Rowan Bakker, have joined forces once again to delight audiences with a UJ Arts & Culture production of this legendary off-Broadway satire, conceived and written by Gerard Alessandrini.
“Forbidden Broadway” provides an informal and very funny take on the musical theatre genre. The production is a scathing yet affectionate spoof of show tunes and Broadway musicals generally. You do not have to have seen all of these shows to appreciate the humour in the show. The numbers are self-explanatory and the inventive costumes help provide some context .
“There are a lot of revue shows that spoof Broadway and West End musicals but Forbidden Broadway is unique. Gerard Alessandrini’s rewrites are not only funny but highly informed. It is easy to mock a show or number in a crude, silly or crass way, but where this revue succeeds is in its intelligence and wit.”
In 2006, the show and Alessandrini were awarded Tony Honours for Excellence in Theatre. The show has had over 9 000 performances and has been seen in more than 200 cities in the USA as well as in London, Tokyo, Singapore and Sydney. The 25th Anniversary production also won the 2008 Drama Desk Award for outstanding revue.
“Forbidden Broadway” runs in at the UJ Con Cowan Theatre on Tuesdays to Saturdays at 19:30 from 15 to 26 May 2012. The production is directed by Greg Homann with musical direction by Rowan Bakker, designs are by JC Laurent and choreography by Clint Lesch.
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