If you like Broadway Musicals and satire, you will get all of it, in "Forbidden Broadways" GREATEST HITS", now playing at the Stage West Community Playhouse in Spring Hill, Florida.

My long time friend and colleague, Gerard Alessandrini, created "Forbidden Broadway", the long-running Off-Broadway hit musical revue in 1982, at Paulson's Supper Club in New York City.

It's a family-friendly spoof, of American Musical Theatre, that has been an ongoing, ever-evolving, production, not only in New York City, but in National and International Tours as well. In addition, there have been many cast recordings over the years. The production is a "dream" showcase, for musical comedy talent.

"Forbidden Broadway'S GREATEST HITS", is the "Best of the Best", well known pieces, from the multitude of selections created over the past 30 years by the genius of Alessandrini. And don't be concerned if you "haven't seen" or "don't know" all of these musicals, as the selections last only a few minutes and the jokes explain themselves. This is a fun and entertaining, satirical, tribute to Broadway musicals, its stars and creatives.

The set design by Myndee Washington, is a glitzy, stylized nightclub, with an onstage band, led by Carol Ballard on piano, Lauren Ballard on bass, and Steven Schildach on drums. Director, Myndee Washington and Choreographer, Miranda Griffin keep the "revusical" moving at a steady pace.

The cast includes Anthony Cromartie, Mitchell Gonzolez, Keith Meccia, Monalisa Patterson, Victoria Primosch, and Tori Razzano.

Some audience favorites include a tribute to Carol Channing, in every revival of "Hello, Dolly!", an aging little orphan "Annie", Mandy Patinkin's unleashed persona in "Somewhat Overindulgent" , and several winning selections from "Les Miserables".

Costumes by Myndee Washington were colorful and plentiful. The Sound Designer is Steven Schildbach and the Lighting Designer is Hailey Schubert. Stage Manager, Misty Hornsby kept the show moving smoothly.

Please support Community Theatre and all of the volunteers, that put in endless time and talent, to make the magic happen, simply... "for the LOVE of the theatre".
Go see it!

The show is under 2 hours with intermission.

Written and Created by Gerard Alessandrini. Directed by Myndee Washington. Choreography by Miranda Griffin. Reviewed: January 16th, 2014 at 8P.M. "Forbidden Broadway's GREATEST HITS"runs January 16th - 26th, 2014. Ticket Prices $15.00 CALL - 352- 683-5113 The theatre is located at 8390 Forrest Oaks Blvd, Spring Hill, Florida The next production at Stage West Community Playhouse is "Forever Plaid", Nov. 13th - 23rd, 2014

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Jimmy Ferraro Jimmy Ferraro is an Award Winning Actor and “Theatre Veteran”. His professional career spans over 40 years in every aspect of show business. Ferraro’s credits as a producer and director of over 100 productions in New York and around the country, and as an author, are an outgrowth of his decades as a professional performer throughout the U.S. and overseas, including Broadway, National Tours, Off-Broadway and regional theatre. He was hand picked by Director/ Choreographer Jerome Robbins, for "Fiddler on the Roof" on Broadway and in the National Tours. He most recently starred as Tevye in the 2012 National Tour of "Fiddler" and won Best Actor in a Musical from Ferraro's numerous awards in the performing arts include, Top Ten Professional Achievers in Tampa Bay, Outstanding Young Man of America, Who’s Who in Entertainment, and First Place in the Miami Opera Vocal Competition. His many charitable awards include the prestigious National Philanthropy Day Award, along with performing in benefits for Alzheimer’s Family Organization, American Heart Foundation, A Child’s Wish Come True Foundation, Hospice, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and All Children’s Hospital. Jimmy hosted his own radio show, “Theatre Chat and This ‘n That,” interviewing Major Celebrity Stars from Broadway, Television, and Film.

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