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LOVE LETTER TO BROADWAY -- Southeastern
Louisiana University's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will presents
“Forbidden Broadway” at 7 p.m. Jan. 26. Tickets for the funny, long-running
New York musical review range from $15 to $30 and are available at the
theater box office, 220 E. Thomas St., or online through Ticketweb at www.ticketweb.com.
"FORBIDDEN BROADWAY" PROVIDES
A SCATHINGLY FUNNY LOOK AT BROADWAY’S BEST
HAMMOND – “Forbidden Broadway,”
the famed New York musical review that lovingly skewers Broadway’s greatest
hits, is coming to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre
for the Performing Arts on Jan. 26.
Curtain time for the scathingly
funny love letter to the “Great White Way” is 7 p.m. at the historic downtown
Hammond theater, located at 220 E. Thomas St.
“Forbidden Broadway’s” theme
is, “Why see just one Broadway hit when you can laugh at them all?” The
informal and funny history of the American musical theater slings arrows
at “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Hairspray,” “Gypsy,” “The Lion King,” and “Chicago”
-- to name just a few – while the cast skewers celebrities from Ethel Merman
to Liza Minnelli to Sarah Brightman.
“Forbidden Broadway” was the brainchild
of Gerard Alessandrini, an unemployed actor who had been creating musical
parodies of Broadway shows since childhood. In 1982, he assembled those
parodies into a show at Palsson’s Supper Club on New York’s Upper West
Side and wowed critics and audiences alike.
Continually updated, “Forbidden Broadway”
has become New York’s longest running musical comedy revue and has won
a Drama Desk, Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards. Over the years, the
show has gone through several editions, countless revisions, three New
York City performance spaces, several national and international tours,
and thousands of special performances. It has also become known for launching
the careers of talented unknowns, who have gone on to stardom on Broadway,
television and in the movies.
Tickets for “Forbidden Broadway”
are $30, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $23, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; $18, Orchestra
3; $15 Balcony 2. Tickets are available at the Columbia box office (985-543-4371),
located in the theater's lobby, from noon until 5 p.m., weekdays or online
through Ticketweb, www.ticketweb.com.