FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: COMES OUT SWINGING! Cast Album Gets 7/22 Release
DRG Records announced the release of Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging! (2014 Un-Original Cast Album) which is produced by Grammy Award winner Hugh Fordin, and available in stores and online July 22nd. To kick-off the CD release, Barnes & Noble (150 East 86 Street) will host an in-store appearance and performance from 4pm - 6pm. This CD marks Forbidden Broadway's 12th cast recording with DRG Records. Featured on the album are cast members Carter Calvert, Scott Richard Foster, Mia Gentile and Marcus Stevens, with David Caldwell on piano.
DRG's FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES OUT SWINGING! (2014 Un-Original Cast Album) features Gerard Alessandrini's parodies of Broadway's biggest shows and brightest stars, including Idina Menzel, Hedwig, Aladdin, Bullets Over Broadway, The Bridges of Madison County, Kinky Boots, Matilda, Pippin, the turntable-less Les Miz, The Sound of Music Live! and The Book of Mormon, among others.
FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES OUT SWINGING! began performances March 17th. Critical acclaim and audience reception has been unanimous. Ben Brantley of the New York Times said the show is "Highly entertaining and it makes you want to applaud yourself silly!" Thom Geier of Entertainment Weekly called Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! "A comic masterpiece" and went on to say it's "Wickedly caustic fun". Joe Dziemianowicz of the NY Daily News raved: "Fabulous! You don't have be a theater maven to laugh yourself silly." Mark Kennedy of the Associated Press acclaimed: "Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! is a must see." Fern Siegel of the Huffington Post cheered, "This is what entertainment is all about."
FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES OUT SWINGING! is currently playing at the Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street) through July 20th. The show is also being performed in London at The Menier Chocolate Factory through August 10th. FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES OUT SWINGING! will also play a limited engagement at Feinstein's in San Francisco from July 10th through July 27th.
FORBIDDEN BROADWAY has been an unstoppable force in theatre since 1982, when Gerard Alessandrini created the first edition that lampooned the Broadway shows and stars of the day who often stop by to laugh at themselves alongside the public. FORBIDDEN BROADWAY has won numerous awards in its history including a 2006 Tony® Honor, Drama Critics' Circle, Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel Awards. What started as a small cabaret act at West 72nd Street's Palsson's Supper Club is now one of New York City's best-loved and most highly anticipated musicals. FORBIDDEN BROADWAY is a theatrical institution joining the ranks of A Chorus Line and The Phantom of the Opera as one of the longest running shows in New York.
Producer Hugh Fordin was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from the School of Speech and Dramatic Art at Syracuse University, he began to produce summer touring shows and road companies of Broadway plays and musicals... He then produced Edith Piaf's final concerts in Paris and had arranged her farewell American tour shortly before her death in 1963. He worked as head of casting for David Merrick before joining Twentieth Century-Fox, where he cast "The Boston Strangler" and "Hello, Dolly!" In 1973, he wrote his first book, "The World of Entertainment - The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM" which was followed by the authorized biography of Oscar Hammerstein II, "Getting To Know Him."
DRG Records Incorporated was formed by Hugh Fordin in 1977. Its first recording was "A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green," recorded live on May 1, 1977. Since then, Mr. Fordin, the company's President, has produced and recorded over three hundred and fifty Broadway cast albums (including one - "The Producers" produced for SONY Music Entertainment - for which Mr. Fordin received a Grammy Award.) In addition, DRG Records has received sixteen of its own Grammy Award nominations through the years. The DRG Records catalog currently contains three hundred twenty-seven studio albums of jazz or popular recording artists including Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day, Grammy Award winner Cleo Laine, Grammy Award winner Shirley Bassey, Hadda Brooks, Ruth Brown, Grammy Award winner Patti Page, Grammy Award winner Gerry Mulligan, Annie Ross, Grammy Award nominee Barbara Cook, Karen Akers and many others. DRG has also reissued over forty-seven studio and motion picture soundtrack albums under licenses with Capitol Records, SONY BMG Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records. DRG works internationally through its network of direct worldwide licensees and affiliates which include JVC and Victor in Japan; RSK in England; Universal in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg; Nuba/Karonte in Spain; Shock in Australia; and Gallo in South Africa and other English speaking territories. The DRG Records website/mail order division currently comprises nearly twenty percent of DRG's retail sales volume. DRG distributes its product digitally under a direct agreement with ITunes and also distributes product digitally on the eOne website. For more information, visit www.drgrecords.com.