Forbidden Broadway, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 1/31/1994
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471260922
  • Catalog Number: 12609
  • Sales rank: 106,311

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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