Forbidden Broadway is an off-Broadway musical revue conceived by Gerard Alessandrini in 1982, lampooning the Broadway shows of the day and famous performers such as Bernadette Peters and Ethel Merman. Several editions of the revue have been staged since, each featuring new songs about the current state of Broadway.


Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit (2004)

  • "You Gotta Get a Puppet," a spoof of "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" from Gypsy, bemoans the fact that shows involving puppetry (Avenue Q, The Lion King and Little Shop of Horrors) are more popular than tried-and-true stars and shows. At one point, the singers proclaim, "Don't expect the Muppets - these are horny puppets." Later, they advise to be "a Muppet mimic."

Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking (2012)

  • "Porgy & Mess Segment" riffs on the then-revival of Porgy and Bess. Director Diane Paulus makes her own stamp on the revival, making several alterations. She has the music changed to a brief sound-alike of the "Sesame Street Theme" and exclaims, "Sunny days!" upon hearing it.


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