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Now That There’s Enough to Spoof, ‘Forbidden Broadway’ Is Coming Back

After a steady run of nearly three decades, Gerard Alessandrini shut down his satirical revue Forbidden Broadway in early 2009, reasoning that there was no way to adequately parody things like Shrek: the Musical and Guys and Dolls. This was probably a pretty accurate assessment. Those shows landed heavily, to put it kindly, but where’s the joy in shredding an anemic restaging of Guys and Dolls? That’s no fun. Now, though, three years later, Alessandrini’s got Spider-Man and Ghost and Leap of Faith to play with, among others, and this is mighty fertile ground for an agile satirist, especially one whose pen has lain in wait for so long. Previews kick off on July 17 at the 47th Street Theater. (FULL ARTICLE: Patrick Healy, The New York Times)