Forbidden Broadway Takes Stage at Mount Union

March 16, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union will feature the Tony-Award winning musical parody “Forbidden Broadway” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27 in the Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

“Forbidden Broadway,” a musical composed by Gerard Alessandrini, is a combination of various parodies of famous Broadway shows. First performed in 1982, this production has since been seen in theatres all over the United States and the world, including international venues such as London, Japan and Melbourne. The production has become famous for showcasing the hidden talent and unknown actors and actresses of Broadway. “Forbidden Broadway” is an informal, humorous way to look into the history of American musical theatre. Some famous celebrity works critiqued by this production include those by Ethel Merman, Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince and Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

Alessandrini, a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music, was an unemployed actor at the time he composed the production. He created the show in the hope that it would showcase his talents and help him find an agent in the city. Alessandrini is also known for composing “Forbidden Hollywood,” singing on famous Disney soundtracks and appearing as a comedy special on NBC and CBS.

Updated regularly, “Forbidden Broadway” has had several editions, countless revisions, three New York City performance spaces, several national and international tours and thousands of special performances. The show also became known for talented but as yet unknown actors, many of whom have gone on to stardom on Broadway, on television and in the movies. 

“Forbidden Broadway” has been awarded many honors including the Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre, Drama Desk Award for Best Musical Revue, Los Angeles Ovation Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.

Tickets for “Forbidden Broadway” are now available and range from $15-$35 with a Mount Union student rate of $10. Visit or call (330) 821-2565 to reserve seats.


Year of the Arts
The Year of the Arts will feature a number of special performances including nationally known groups. The event lineup for the year is being planned by the University’s Year of the Arts committee, which includes representatives of the departments of Art, Music and Theatre, along with several others on campus. In addition to special guest performances, the Year of the Arts will feature a full repertoire of music and theatre student performances in the new Giese Center for the Performing Arts, as well as gallery shows by student and professional artists. In addition, a number of the 2015 lectures will be dedicated to the arts. Check for an updated event schedule throughout the year.

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