The obsession for musical theatre by gay men has long been debated. But whether you believe it is simply another gay stereotype or has some basis in reality, local theatre group Fighting Change Productions is set to skewer the genre once again in January with the off-Broadway hit Forbidden Broadway.
Forbidden Broadway will be Fighting Chance Productions’ second go at spoofing the musical theatre genre having staged The Musical of Musicals: The Musical at the Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2008 and re-mounted again in early 2009. And the group obviously knows what it is doing having won “Pick of the Fringe” in 2008 for The Musical of Musicals: The Musical.
But where The Musical of Musicals: The Musical parodied the style of some of some of musical theatre’s most famous composers, Forbidden Broadway goes further by spoofing everything from actual show tunes to the characters and the plots of some of the most popular Broadway musicals.
Included in this “best of” version (a number of versions of the show have been written since it originally played off-Broadway in 1984), are spoofs of shows such as Wicked, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, Hairspray, The Phantom of the Opera and Annie.
The show also includes a number of send-ups of some of Broadway’s biggest names including Stephen Sondheim, Carol Channing, Liza Minelli and even Ethel Merman.
6 – 16 January 2009 (Wednesday-Saturday @ 8pm / Tuesdays @ 7:30pm / Saturday Matinees @ 2pm)
PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero Street, Vancouver
Tickets are $12 – $24 available online at Tickets Tonight or by calling 604.684-2787. Talk Backs on Tuesdays and Saturday matinees following the performance.