Forbidden Broadway Goes To Rehab [The Un-Original Cast Album]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
"I am predicting that if you listen to this CD of Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab, writes Gerard Alessandrini in his liner notes, "you'll have a very sunny 70 minutes." The first thing that's wrong with this prediction by Alessandrini, the creator and writer of the long-running off-Broadway satirical revue Forbidden Broadway, is that the CD is less than 60 minutes long. The second thing that's wrong is that "sunny" isn't really the word to describe Alessandrini's parodies of Broadway shows and the impressions that the four-member cast does of Broadway stars. "Funny" is more what they aim at. In the fall of 2008, the New York theater community was surprised to hear ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
"I am predicting that if you listen to this CD of Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab, writes Gerard Alessandrini in his liner notes, "you'll have a very sunny 70 minutes." The first thing that's wrong with this prediction by Alessandrini, the creator and writer of the long-running off-Broadway satirical revue Forbidden Broadway, is that the CD is less than 60 minutes long. The second thing that's wrong is that "sunny" isn't really the word to describe Alessandrini's parodies of Broadway shows and the impressions that the four-member cast does of Broadway stars. "Funny" is more what they aim at. In the fall of 2008, the New York theater community was surprised to hear that Forbidden Broadway was closing up shop after 27 years with the edition represented on this album. Alessandrini includes his charge that the play August: Osage County isn't a patch on Eugene O'Neill or Tennessee Williams, and he calls the Tony-winning In the Heights "West Side Story lite." Alessandrini also looks beyond Broadway for things to send up, from Internet chat sites ("All That Chat," set to the tune of "All That Jazz") to Amy Winehouse. He also sinks to vulgarity, devoting an entire number, "Daniel Radcliffe in Equus," to going on about the actor known for his portrayal of Harry Potter appearing on-stage in the nude ("Let Me Entertain You" became "Let Me Enter Naked"), and rewriting "Puttin' on the Ritz" from Young Frankenstein as, yes, "Puttin' Up with S**t." By the formal end of the show, "Stephen Sondheim Finale," Alessandrini is writing an open love letter to Broadway's most celebrated composer/lyricist (who was 78 years old at the time), imploring him to write new shows and not just oversee revivals of his old ones. No doubt, Alessandrini was sincere. He closes the album with a song (partially sung by him for once) that isn't a parody of any specific antecedent, called "(Dying Is Easy) Comedy Is Hard."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2009
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471263329
  • Catalog Number: 12633
  • Sales rank: 140,386

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gina Kreiezmar Vocals, cast
Gerard Alessandrini Vocals, Track Performer
Phillip George Dialogue
Edward Staudenmayer Vocals, cast
William Selby Vocals, Track Performer
James Donegan Vocals, cast
Kristen Mengelkoch Vocals
Gina Kreizmar Vocals
James Donegan Vocals
Christina Bianco Vocals
Forbidden Broadway Goes To Rehab Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Michael West Vocals
Ed Staudenmayer Vocals
Technical Credits
Hugh Fordin Executive Producer
Alan Silverman Mastering, Remastering
Cynthia Daniels Engineer
Carol Rosegg Cover Photo
John Freedson Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Gerard Alessandrini Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Liner Notes, Lyric Adaptations, Audio Production
Elizabeth Yoon Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STILL GOING STRONG

    It's hard to believe that this installment is the tenth volume in the series, but here it is! And it is VERY good. Going to Rehab is one of the best things the Forbidden Broadway series has done for some time, and this volume will not leave fans disappointed. With some old pieces revisited, and new ones under the gun, FB/Rehab is an absolute delight. Patti LuPone gets hers, and more, in the new/old Gypsy routine (trust me, its wonderful), and Mary Poppins glumly accedes to being an underserved hit in a show that should have died in previews. But the truly hilarious, and brilliantly scathing, pieces reserved for Daniel Radcliffe in Equus and Mel Brooks for Young Frankenstein, are priceless (Irving Berlin would be SO proud). This is Forbidden Broadway at its best, and I hope it's around for another twenty-five years. If only I had thought of it first. So, if you are a long-time fan of the series, buy this new installment right now; and if you are venturing into the surreal world of Forbidden Broadway for the first time, don't delay. There's lots of dirt, dish, and delight on this disc, and you won't be dissatisfied. Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab is a sure-fire hit all by itself.

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