No forbidden laughter in hilarious Abbey Show
A quality production that sets out to entertain is what’s drawn Andrea Maxwell to direct her first show for Abbey Musical Theatre.
Forbidden Broadway is an outrageous off-Broadway revue that parodies musical theatre, especially those hit shows that have enjoyed successful seasons around the world.
Forbidden Broadway first opened in New York 35 years ago and ran for more than 2332 performances in the years that followed. It’s been rewritten many times to include parodies of the latest shows and stars who’ve made them famous.
The most recent version that Andrea will direct is called Forbidden Broadway’s
Greatest Hits and opens at The Auditorium from May 19-June 3.
Andrea said the show became available at the right time for her.
‘‘It’s so amusing. The humour resonates with me,’’ she says.
‘‘With winter approaching it was the ideal time for comedy and laughter.’’
Andrea and Musical Director Kirsten Clark have gathered together a top cast to present the fast-paced excerpts from musical theatre.
‘‘The audience will love sequences from such well known shows as Annie, Wicked, Les Miserables, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Cats and Sweeney Todd,’’ she says.
‘‘But while the words of the songs are parodied in a hilarious way, the structure and integrity of the music and the shows are not compromised.’’
Forbidden Broadway may be much loved by performers, but isn’t as well known to the audience so Andrea has assembled the cream of Manawatu performers to sing the repertoire, be the performers who made them great and attract the crowds.
‘‘I have a great cast of 11 artists who are all soloists in their own right,’’ she says.
‘‘They’ll perform the solos, duets and ensemble numbers. This is a family night out and the audience will know the shows and love the outrageous lyrics to familiar songs.
‘‘This is about Broadway musicals like you’ve never seen them before.’’
Kirsten is more than musical director and accompanist on stage. She also interacts with the soloists and leads some of the comedy routines.
Andrea is a seasoned performer herself and made her directing debut in
Quilt for Manawatu Theatre. She then musically directed Dusty for Abbey Musical Theatre last year before starting rehearsals last month for Forbidden Broadway. ‘‘I like intimate shows and waited for the right musical to come along,’’ she says. ‘‘I’m sure people will love Forbidden Broadway and be swept away by the amazing talent on show.’’ Forbidden Broadway runs from May 19 to June 3 at The Auditorium. Bookings www.abbeymusicaltheatre.co.nz
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