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Forbidden Broadway Summary

  • Show Status: Opening Soon
  • Genre: Musical
  • Forbidden Broadway is 2 hours long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Begin: July 15, 2024
  • Show Opens : August 5, 2024
  • Show Closes: November 1, 2024

Gerard Alessandrini’s Forbidden Broadway, which has been doing parodies of Broadway Shows and its stars for decades, finally makes its Broadway debut with Merrily We Stole a Song

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Debut in 1982 At Palsson’s Supper Club

Forbidden Broadway debuted in 1982 at New York’s 130-seat Palsson’s Supper Club. The revue has gone on to play in over 200 cities around the world and the show has performed at least one version of itself in 38 of the last 42 years.

Multiple Versions Of The Show Over The Years

As the popular shows change, so does Forbidden Broadway, always lampooning the latest Broadway hit while still hitting the evergreen material like Phantom, Chicago and Hamilton

Various Show Updates Over 42 Year History

Between 1982 and 1994, Forbidden Broadway had 8 updates of the show. In 1996 the show began making specific show names for each version of the shows that started with Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back in October 1996. That version of the show won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue.

Each Version Of Forbidden Broadway Gets A New Moniker

Since 1996 the show has received 15 updates with some show highlights being Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey in December 2000 (which won Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue), Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit in December 2004 (which won Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue) and Forbidden Broadway: Rude Awakening in October 2007 (which won Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue that year).

Since then the show has not received any accolades and has mostly been attended by hard-core Broadway fans, often playing to smaller and smaller venues.

Most Recent Version Of Forbidden Broadway

The most recent version of Forbidden Broadway, was Forbidden Sondheim: Merrily We Stole a Song, which played several performances at Manhattan's Green Fig Cabaret Theater in November 2023. The Green Fig Cabaret Theater has only 190 seats and was well suited to this show.

Alessandrini And The Show Received A Tony Honor

For his work on Forbidden Broadway in all its forms, Gerard Alessandrini received a Tony Honor in 2006 for "Excellence in the Theatre" and several Drama Desk Awards.

Spamilton Success

One of Alessandrini's most popular spin-off versions of the Forbidden Broadway was that of Hamilton, with his version entitled Spamilton. This show played New York and toured the US from 2016-2017. Lin-Manuel Miranda (the Hamilton writer) was very vocal about just loving the spoof.

Show Remains Untested In A Larger Venue

Forbidden Broadway has been tremendously successful in playing in smaller venues over the years for the Broadway "people in the know". This is the first time this show will be playing in a theatre with nearly 600 seats and the show may face a scaling challenge.

Unsold Seats May Damage This Brand

The Helen Hayes Theatre is small enough that you'll be hard-pressed to find a bad seat. Producers may find it tough to fill the theatre at mid-week shows as few tourists will attend this show as they may not be familiar with all the Broadway shows that are being lampooned.

In addition, the "Broadway show in- jokes" may go right over their heads, leading to poor audience reviews and bad word of mouth.

What’s Forbidden Broadway Like?

Forbidden Broadway: Merrily We Stole a Song is created around the current and recent seasons of Broadway shows and includes spoofs of The Great Gatsby, The Notebook, Water for Elephants, Hell’s Kitchen, and Back to the Future.

Other shows that are lambasted are revivals like Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Company, and Merrily We Roll Along.

The show typically has a five-person cast and also welcomes weekly guest stars to perform in various roles.

Is Forbidden Broadway Good for Kids?

This show is good for kids who already know some of the more popular Broadway shows

Theatre Information

Helen Hayes Theatre

240 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 597
Entrance: 44th street between 7th and 8th avenue
Theatre Information

Helen Hayes Theatre Seating Chart


Jonathan Scharer

Broadway & Beyond Theatricals

(Ryan Bogner, Victoria Lang, and Tracey Stroock McFarland) i

John Freedson

Harriet Yellin

Production Credits

Gerard Alessandrini

Creative Team

Gerard Alessandrini