Company stars Raul Esparza and Barbara Walsh recently visited Forbidden Broadway: The Roast of Utopia - in which the stars are parodically played by James Donegan and Janet Dickinson!
Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway, the recent recipient of the Tony Honors, recently returned to the 47th Street Theatre (304 West 47 Street) with Forbidden Broadway: The Roast of Utopia; the show plays through August 22nd in preparation for a new edition in the Fall.
Forbidden Broadway: The Roast of Utopia "is a retrospective of the greatest hits from the shows' 25 years with additional parodies of Mary Poppins, Spring Awakening and LoveMusik," state press materials. This edition is created and written by Gerard Alessandrini and directed by Phillip George and Alessandrini. Featured in the cast are: Jared Bradshaw, Erin Crosby, Dickinson and Donegan with David Caldwell on piano.
Forbidden Broadway "has been an unstoppable force in New York theatre since 1982 when Gerard Alessandrini created the first parody that lampooned the Broadway shows and stars of the day. It has been a favorite among theatre lovers, as well as the Broadway stars themselves (Carol Channing, Kathleen Turner, Bernadette Peters, Tommy Tune, Stephen Sondheim, Cameron Mackintosh, and Hal Prince, to name a few) who often stop by to laugh at themselves alongside their public. Forbidden Broadway has won numerous awards in its history in addition to the Tony Honors, which include Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel Awards."
Visit www.forbiddenbroadway.com for more information.
Photos by Adam Levi
Barbara Walsh, Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini and Raul Esparza
(From left to right): James Donegan (as Raul Esparza), Raul Esparza, Barbara Walsh and Janet Dickinson (as Barbara Walsh)
(In clockwise from top) James Donegan, Raul Esparza, Barbara Walsh, Jared Bradshaw, Janet Dickinson and Erin Crosby