Show tunes askew in loving roast of musical theater at Ivoryton March 18
The musical barbs will be flying soon in a loving parody of a treasured American art form — musical theater.
Ivoryton Playhouse will open its season with the chuckleheaded Off-Broadway musical revue “Forbidden Broadway Comes to Ivoryton” from Wednesday, March 18, through April 5.
Josh Powell, Sandra Marante, Christopher Behmke and Katheryne Penny will star in the long-running Off-Broadway hit musical revue, where Broadway’s greatest musical legends (Bob Fosse, Judy Garland, Lin Manuel) and shows (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Mis”) meet Broadway’s top satirist Gerard Alessandrini in a cheeky tribute to some of the theater’s greatest stars and songwriters. The musical roast of Broadway picked up 9 Drama Desk Awards, a Special Tony Award, an Obie and a Drama League Award.
The original version of the revue opened on January 15, 1982, at Palsson’s Supper Club in New York City and ran for 2,332 performances. Alessandrini has rewritten the show more than a dozen times over the years to include parodies of newer shows. The show is directed by Alessandrini and choreographed by Gerry MacIntyre.
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Essex. March 18-April 5, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8, matinees at 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, with one matinee also on March 19. $55-$20. 860-767-7318.