About Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging!
The Great White Way had better watch its back! That’s because Forbidden Broadway has returned to the Off-Broadway scene—and it’s got its sights aimed at some of the theater’s biggest hits (and incredible misses).
Written by Gerard Alessandrini, this latest incarnation of the long-running and immensely popular revue features a cast of four truly hilarious talents (all masters of impersonation) who perform song parodies with genius lyrics penned by funnyman Alessandrini. The insanely funny revue roasts long-running shows like Wicked and The Book of Mormon, along with hits from recent seasons like Pippin, Kinky Boots, Motown and Matilda.
And as the theater season keeps chugging along, so does Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging!, adding new numbers that skewer musicals like Rocky, Cabaret, The Bridges of Madison County, Bullets Over Broadway and perennial fave (and target) Les Misérables.
The show has picked up a shelf of awards, including nine Drama Desk Awards, a special Tony, an Obie, a Lucille Lortel and a Drama League Award.
Even if a joke or two goes over your head, you’ll eat this show up if you’re even the slightest Broadway musical fan. It’s so packed full of funny stuff that the laughs keep coming all night long.
Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! is performed at the intimate new Davenport Theatre, a brand-new venue that was once a firehouse, conveniently located in the heart of the theater district.
One hour and 40 minutes (one intermission)
With just 149 seats, the Davenport Theatre keeps you close to the action. And there are plenty of great bars and restaurants in the neighborhood for a bite before or after the show.
Did you know?
The original Forbidden Broadway opened Off-Broadway in 1982 and ran for a staggering 2,332 performances. Since then, there have been 19 more editions of the show.
In addition to roasting shows, the revue also takes aim at some of Broadway’s biggest stars. Over the years, this list has included everyone from Kristin Chenoweth to Patti LuPone, Dustin Hoffman to Mandy Patinkin.
Die-hard theater fans and newbies alike will find something to laugh at during the show. This is also a great show for groups, whether it’s a bunch of friends who want to laugh together, a girls’ night out or visitors looking to add a laugh to their Broadway schedule.
Good for kids?
Though it’s not completely racy, the show may be inappropriate for kids eight and under. And children under the age of four are not permitted in the theater.
Davenport Theatre Location Information:
354 W 45th St.
New York, NY 10019
1, 2, 3 to 42nd St. (Times Square); A, C, E to 42nd St./Port Authority; 1, 9 to 50th St., C, E to 50th St.