In 1982, Gerard Allessandrini was a struggling actor / songwriter who wanted to find a way to showcase his talented friends. Since his childhood, he had been writing spoofs of showtunes. So, he decided to take years of parody material, along with a few friends and a piano player, and perform a little show called Forbidden Broadway at the Palsson's Supper Club.
The audience grew from a collection of friends into a storm of fans and friendly reviewers. Since the original production, Forbidden Broadway has evolved into over eight incarnations, each one poking fun at beloved musicals. From Annie to Wicked, anything is fair game!
What I like best about Allessandrini's work is not just the hilarious lyrics. I also admire the insightful commentary on musical theater. In between the song-filled satire, there's a lot to learn about the state of Broadway.