Forbidden Broadway, Vol. 3

Forbidden Broadway, Vol. 3

     
 

Though the second volume of Forbidden Broadway was recorded and released in 1991, writer/director Gerard Alessandrini apparently hadn't quite had his say on the Broadway shows of the late 1980s, since he mixes into the third volume his parodies of Grand Hotel ("Grim Hotel") and a production of The Merchant ofSee more details below

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Though the second volume of Forbidden Broadway was recorded and released in 1991, writer/director Gerard Alessandrini apparently hadn't quite had his say on the Broadway shows of the late 1980s, since he mixes into the third volume his parodies of Grand Hotel ("Grim Hotel") and a production of The Merchant of Venice starring Dustin Hoffman as Shylock, both of which date from 1989. And of course, as usual, he harks back to even earlier periods of Broadway history, rewriting "Ya Got Trouble" from The Music Man to comment on the current state of the theater and taking off on Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Ethel Merman, and Mary Martin. Carol Channing, meanwhile, good naturedly plays herself, tossing in her own impersonations of Marlene Dietrich, Carmen Miranda, and Tallulah Bankhead. But as usual, the core of Forbidden Broadway consists of satires of recently opened Broadway musicals: Miss Saigon, with its notorious casting problems and awful lyrics; a revival of Guys and Dolls in which Nathan Lane and Faith Prince spend all their time chewing scenery; a short-lived musical version of Anna Karenina (Anna throws herself under the train after singing a Russianized version of "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"); The Who's Tommy, with its flashy staging ("See Me" becomes "Scenery"); the soap opera-ish Blood Brothers ("Mug Brothers") with its celebrity casting of Petula Clark, David Cassidy (whose Partridge Family hit "I Think I Love You" becomes "I Think I'm Acting"), and Shaun Cassidy; and Kiss of the Spider Woman, with its ancient leading lady ("Mess of the Spider Woman") and gay plot ("Queer One"). Despite a cast of 16, the impressions are not always impressive (John Freedson's Dustin Hoffman especially needs more work), and some bits are funnier than others. There's a lot here that is of its time and a lot that will make sense (and be amusing) only to Broadway aficionados, and even some of them may find a few of the jokes too cruel. Also, Alessandrini sometimes seems hypocritical; he usually suggests that old Broadway is better than new Broadway, but then complains about successful revivals like Guys and Dolls. Of course, consistency is not the most important quality of a satirist; what you look for are laughs, and there are many here to be found.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/1994
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471260922
catalogNumber:
12609
Rank:
21798

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Tracks

  1. Carol Channing Sequence: Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery  - Brad Oscar
  2. Forbidden Broadway Vol. 3  - Brad Oscar
  3. Ya Got Trouble: Trouble in New York City  - Brad Oscar
  4. Guys and Dolls Sequence: Guys and Dolls/I've Never Been in Love Befor  - Brad Oscar
  5. Topol: If I Were a Rich Man
  6. On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe  - Brad Oscar
  7. Julie Andrews: I Could Have Danced All Night
  8. Grim Hotel: Grand Hotel/Love Can't Happen Quite So Quickly/Follies Be
  9. Barbra, the Broadway Album: Somewhere
  10. Dustin Hoffman: Mrs. Robinson/The Sounds of Silence
  11. Return to Merman and Martin: Everything's Coming up Roses/Old Fashion  - Roxie Lucas
  12. Ms. Saigon: Tonight I Will Be Miss Saigon/You Are Sun, I Am Moon  - Brad Oscar
  13. Michael Crawford Sequence: Michael Crawford/Put on Your Sunday Clothe
  14. Robert Goulet Sequence: Camelot  - Brad Oscar
  15. Mess of the Spider Woman: Prologue/Kiss of the Spider Woman/Dear One/  - Brad Oscar
  16. Back to Barbra: On a Clear Day
  17. Mug Brothers: Tell Me It's Not True/Marilyn Monroe/I Think I Love You  - Brad Oscar
  18. Who's Tommy: See Me, Heal Me, Feel Me/Listening to You  - Brad Oscar
  19. Finale: You Gotta Have Heart  - Brad Oscar

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carol Channing   Vocals,Track Performer
Brad Ellis   Vocals,Track Performer
Craig Wells   Vocals,Track Performer
Follies Bergere   Vocals
Susanne Blakeslee   Vocals,Track Performer
John Freedson   Vocals,Track Performer
Dorothy Kiara   Vocals,Track Performer
Gina Kreiezmar   Vocals
Herndon Lackey   Vocals,Track Performer
Marilyn Pasekoff   Vocals,Track Performer
Steve Potfora   Vocals
Gerard Alessandrini   Vocals,Track Performer
Barbara Walsh   Vocals,Track Performer
Christine Pedi   Vocals,Track Performer
Nora Mae Lyng   Vocals
Roxie Lucas   Vocals
Brad Oscar   Vocals

Technical Credits

Carol Channing   Liner Notes
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Brad Ellis   Director
Hugh Fordin   Producer
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer
David Alan Kogut   Art Direction
Gerard Alessandrini   Liner Notes

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