Forbidden Broadway, Vol. 9: Rude Awakening [The Un-Original Cast Album]

Forbidden Broadway, Vol. 9: Rude Awakening [The Un-Original Cast Album]

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Most theater critics content themselves to express their opinions in prose in various media, but Gerard Alessandrini has, for a quarter century dating back to 1982, expressed his by taking songs from Broadway shows and elsewhere and writing new lyrics, then getting successive casts of four (plus a pianist) to perform them as an off-Broadway musical revue called

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Most theater critics content themselves to express their opinions in prose in various media, but Gerard Alessandrini has, for a quarter century dating back to 1982, expressed his by taking songs from Broadway shows and elsewhere and writing new lyrics, then getting successive casts of four (plus a pianist) to perform them as an off-Broadway musical revue called Forbidden Broadway, making him, after a fashion, the Weird Al Yankovic of the Great White Way. Various editions of Alessandrini's continually updated revue have been immortalized on CDs, and Forbidden Broadway: Rude Awakening is the ninth, chronicling the version of the show that opened in the fall of 2007 (and including, in the "bonus tracks," tracks 16-21, numbers from earlier versions staged since the last CD, Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit). In his liner notes, Alessandrini provides his view of recent musical events on Broadway, including several distinct trends: the continuing spate of Disney-related shows; dim-witted shows such as Hairspray and Legally Blonde; "jukebox" musicals full of old pop songs; overly serious shows such as Grey Gardens and The Light in the Piazza; revivals that attempt to re-create original productions exactly, such as A Chorus Line; and revivals that attempt to reinvent the shows, such as Company. He isn't really fond of any of these trends, but he finds in them great fodder for parody. And so come his musical commentaries, delivered by the expert cast of Jared Bradshaw, Janet Dickinson, James Donegan, and Valerie Fagan. In "Curtains for Curtains," Bradshaw impersonates David Hyde Pierce admitting to another Alessandrini criticism, the casting of television stars in musicals to attract tourists. (The same subject comes up later in a version of "[Give 'Em the Old] Razzle Dazzle" from Chicago, here called "Give 'Em the Old Star Replacement.") The Grey Gardens parody finds Janet Dickinson pretending to be Christine Ebersole and commenting on the show's arty obtuseness. "Jersey Goys" takes on jukebox musicals, specifically criticizing the script of Jersey Boys for its tendency toward narrative asides to the audience. And "You Can't Stop the Camp" (set to the tune of "You Can't Stop the Beat" from Hairspray) is Alessandrini's comment on vapid musicals. But, as the show's title suggests, the big number is track 14, the nine-minute parody of the 2007 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Spring Awakening, which Alessandrini finds pretentious and thus ripe for satire. As usual with Forbidden Broadway productions and albums, the listener's enjoyment of this disc will be in direct proportion to his or her familiarity with the musicals that played on Broadway in the middle of the first decade of the 21st century, and with the history of musical theater in general. Like its predecessors, Forbidden Broadway: Rude Awakening is an album largely intended for musical theater buffs who will get all the jokes. They will find it hilarious.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2008
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471263220
catalogNumber:
12632
Rank:
280804

Tracks

  1. It's D'Sgusting (It's D'Lovely)
  2. Forbidden Broadway: Rude Awakening
  3. Mary Poppins (Chim Chim Cher-ee / Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious)
  4. Curtains for Curtains (Slow People)
  5. Comany (Company / Being Alive)
  6. Grey Gardens (The Revolutionary Costume For Today)
  7. Jersey Goys (Sherry / Walk Like A Man / Big Girls Don't Cry)
  8. The Be-Littled Mermaid (Part of Your World)
  9. Spamalot (Camelot / The Song That Goes Like This)
  10. Even More Miserables (C'est Magnifique / Master of the House / On My Ow
  11. A Chorus Line (God, I Hope I Get It / One)
  12. You Can't Stop The Camp (You Can't Stop The Beat)
  13. Wicked & The Flying Monkeys (Defying Gravity / Don't Monkey With Broadw
  14. Spring Awakening (Mack The Knife / Mama Who Bore Me / Totally F***ed)
  15. Finale (What I Did For Love)
  16. Yoko Ono On Broadway (Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin' / Oklahoma! / Imagin
  17. Sour Charity (Hey Big Spender / If You Could See Me Now / There's Gotta
  18. Chicago - Give 'Em The Old Star Replacement (Razzle Dazzle)
  19. Light In The Piazza (Statues & Stories / Say It Somehow / Tonight)
  20. The Impossible Song (The Impossible Dream)
  21. Doubt (Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf / Shout)

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Forbidden Broadway, Vol. 9: Rude Awakening [The Un-Original Cast Album] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw it this August in NYC and it was great! The performers had a great time being rude and the audience loved it! I saw it the last night after I saw the other Broadway shows. I laughed and enjoyed it very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very funny cd, that pokes fun at the Broadway stage. Very entertaining.