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Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!

After a record-breaking run of 27 years, including 18 separate editions and more than 9,000 performances, Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway will play its final performance on January 15th, 2009, the 27th anniversary of the show's debut at Palsson's Supper Club in 1982.  The newest edition, 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' now playing at the 47Th Street Theatre (304 West 47th Street), had it's Opening Night on Wednesday, September 17th and the BroadwayWorld.com cameras were there!

After January 15th, Forbidden Broadway will continue to tour around the country, as well as perform concert dates with symphony orchestras. Mr. Alessandrini will be working on new projects on the West Coast and in New York. 

'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' features spoofs of South Pacific, In the Heights, Equus[title of show], August Osage County, GypsyYoung Frankenstein and Sunday in the Park with George, among others.  Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPoneLiza Minnelli and Kristin Chenoweth all come under fire as well.

'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' is created and written by Gerard Alessandrini and directed by Mr. Alessandrini and Phillip George. Featured in the cast are: Christina BiancoJared BradshawGina Kreiezmar and Michael West, with David Caldwell on piano. Costumes are by the late Alvin Colt, with additional costumes by David Moyer. Sets are by Megan Halpern and lighting is by Mark T. Simpson.

Forbidden Broadway has been an unstoppable force in New York theatre since 1982 when Gerard Alessandrini created the first parody lampooning the Broadway shows and stars of the day.  It is a favorite among theatre lovers as well as Broadway stars (Kathleen TurnerRaul EsparzaChristine ebersole, Patti LuPone, the cast of Spring AwakeningCheyenne JacksonBernadette Peters,Carol ChanningStephen SondheimCameron Mackintosh, and Hal Prince among others), who often stop by to laugh at themselves. Forbidden Broadway has won numerous awards in its history including the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revue, the 2006 Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, six additional Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Obie, and Lucille Lortel Awards. A theatrical institution, Forbidden Broadway has received national and international notoriety, racking up over 15,000 performances in more than 200 US cities as well as engagements in London, Tokyo, Singapore and Sydney.

The playing schedule for 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' is as follows: Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 7:30 pm, with matinees on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm, Saturdays at 4:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $65 Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings - and $60 all other performances.  For tickets call (212) 239-6200. For Group Sales call (212) 840-5564.

 

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Jared Bradshaw, Gina Kreiezmar, Michael West and Christina Bianco

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Jared Bradshaw, Gina Kreiezmar, Michael West and Christina Bianco

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Gina Kreiezmar, Jared Bradshaw

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Gina Kreiezmar, Jared Bradshaw and Christina Bianco

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Christina Bianco, Jared Bradshaw, Gina Kreiezmar and Michael West

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Jared Bradshaw

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Christina Bianco

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Gina Kreiezmar, Jared Bradshaw and Christina Bianco

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Jared Bradshaw, Christina Bianco and Michael West

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Gina Kreiezmar, Jared Bradshaw, Christina Bianco and Michael West

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
David Caldwell, Gina KreiezmarJared Bradshaw, Christina Bianco, and Michael West 

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Jared Bradshaw, Gina Kreizemer, Michael West and David Caldwell

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Christina Bianco, Jared Bradshaw, Gina Kreiezmar and Michael West

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Michael West

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Gina Kreiezmar

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Christina Bianco

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Jared Bradshaw

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Michael West

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Musical Director and Pianist David Caldwell

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Jared Bradshaw

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Gina Kreiezmar, Michael West, Christina Bianco and Jared Bradshaw

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Gina Kreiezmar

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
David Zippel and Gerard Alessandrini

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
James Donegan, Michael West and Christina Bianco

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Christina Bianco and Michael West

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Gina Kreiezmar and Michael West

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Jared Bradshaw, Gerard Alessandrini and David Caldwell

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!

Edward Staudenmeyer and Tom Hewitt

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Michael West and Mo Rocca

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Christine Pedi and Julie Wilson

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Julie Wilson

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Mo Rocca

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Gina Kreiezmar, Michael West, Christina Bianco and Jared Bradshaw

Photo Coverage: 'Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab' Has A Joyous Opening Night!
Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab

Photo Credit Pablo Pimienta

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Pablo Pimienta Born and raised in Miami Florida, Pablo's interest in photography began when he was in his early 20's. What started out as a hobby soon blossomed into a great passion. A fan of the theater since his youth, it was a viewing of "Les Miserables" that first introduced him to Broadway. A desire to combine his love of theater and photojournalism finally brought him to New York City in the summer of 2008. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife Monica.