Monday, July 16, 2012

“FORBIDDEN BROADWAY” Set For Limited Re-Run On Aug. 24-25

If you haven't caught this show in its first run, I really recommend catching it this time. Forbidden Broadway is a fun, fun show to watch! Read my review here.

Press Release:

Due to numerous requests from all theater lovers, Upstart Productions proudly brings back the Off-Broadway smash hit “Forbidden Broadway,” a cabaret revue sharply spoofing show tunes, characters and plots of contemporary and current Broadway musicals.

The limited run will be held on August 24 ( 8 p.m. ) and August 25, 2012 ( 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ) at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater, RCBC Plaza, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.

“Forbidden Broadway” is a four-person show, with two men and two women playing pivotal roles. The comedy musical which was conceived, written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini has mocked popular shows on Broadway  since its 1982 debut at the Palsson's Supper Club on New York’s Upper West side. The show also targets famous Broadway actors, writers, composers, directors, choreographers and producers.

“Forbidden Broadway” has won awards from Tony and Drama Desk, Obie and Outer Critics Circle.
As New York's longest running musical comedy revue, it has been rewritten over a dozen times over the years to include parodies of newer shows. “Forbidden Broadway,” in its various editions, has received over 9,000 performances and been seen in more than 200 U.S. cities as well as playing in London, Tokyo, Singapore and Sydney.

During its first Manila run held last May 2012, “Forbidden Broadway” received critical acclaim and glowing reviews from the press. Audiences both young and old who were “first-timers” in a live theater production or who have already seen local and international productions of Broadway-themed shows have unanimously expressed their joy through unstoppable laughter all throughout the show. With the sold-out shows and audience impact, the producers of the show decided to stage the re-run to accommodate the new breed of theatergoers.

“Forbidden Broadway” is directed by Joel Trinidad together with Cathy Azanza-Dy as assistant director.

To be featured are the original cast, namely Liesl Batucan, Caisa Borromeo, OJ Mariano and Lorenz Martinez, along with pianist Dingdong Fiel.

As topnotch performers in their own right, the cast shall showcase again their talents and skills as they act, sing, dance and change costumes with more than fifty character roles from Chicago, Annie, Into The Woods, West Side Story, Wicked, Les Miz, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Rent, Spamalot, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray and A Chorus Line.

 As an added treat, guest performers to be featured include Michael de Mesa and Nikki Gil.

The artistic and creative team of  “FORBIDDEN BROADWAY ” is led by Joel Trinidad (Upstart Artistic Director/Show Director), with Martin Esteva (Lighting Designer), Sheryl Polancos (Sound Designer), Lawyn Cruz (Production Designer), and Onyl Torres (Musical Director/Vocal Coach).

The production staff is composed of Mariko Yasuda (Production Manager) and Lani Tapia (Stage Manager). The marketing, sales and publicity team of “Forbidden Broadway” is led by Toots Tolentino (PR & Publicity), with Daphne Kimberly Uy (Marketing Manager), and Stanley Ong (Photographer).

“Forbidden Broadway” is sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, Kashmir Restaurant, Stanley Ong Photography, Orange Segment, and our media sponsors BusinessWorld,, Sunday Inquirer Magazine, and Philippine Paradise Pages.  Ticket buyers may avail of a 30% discount upon presentation of their ticket at the Outback Steakhouse Glorietta 4 branch from August 24 to September 8, 2012.

So don’t fail to catch the re-run of what the New Yorker calls “the funniest show in New York.”  It’s a forbidden pleasure!

For tickets, inquiries, and other information, call Upstart Productions at 09209416695 or email Interested show buyers, block buyers, fundraisers or sponsors may email Kim at

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