Forbidden Broadway Is Outrageously Funny
The chance to lampoon Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand and Rita Moreno was just the opportunity Liam Taylor was looking for. Liam plays one of the leading roles in Abbey Musical Theatre’s hilarious production of Forbidden Broadway currently being staged at The Auditorium. Liam (pictured) was one of AMT’s rising stars before he left to study musical theatre in Christchurch. With a degree in Performing Arts from NASDA, he was engaged in educational musicals around New Zealand before leaving for Melbourne. Now back in Palmerston North Liam welcomes the opportunity to present the not so serious side of his personality by lampooning the three women.
Forbidden Broadway is an outrageous off-Broadway revue that parodies musical theatre, especially those hit shows that have enjoyed successful seasons around the world. It first opened 35 years ago but has been rewritten many times to include parodies of the latest shows and stars who’ve made them famous. Liza was frantic and over-the-top while Barbra was a self-indulgent star and Liam embellishes versions of them while retaining the integrity of who they are and the numbers they sing. He’s also a moggy and sings I Enjoy Being a Cat which is a parody of I Enjoy Being a Girl from Flower Drum Song. Liam, who starred in Les Miserables, Rent, All Shook
Up, Cabaret and CATS, before leaving for Christchurch says “it’s great to be back.” Referring to Forbidden
Broadway he says “I love being someone new every time I’m on stage.” The show is equally satisfying for Erica Ward who “gets to play so many roles with her voice.” Portraying Idina Menzel in Wicked, she sings Defying Subtlety which is a parody on Defying Gravity. As Eponine from Les Miserables, her great number On My Own becomes On My Phone as the writers change the lyrics to create a riotous evening of laughter and enjoyment. Razzle Dazzle from Chicago becomes Glossy Fossy and, as Red Riding Hood, Erica joins cast mates in singing Into The Words instead of Into The Woods. Erica (pictured), who has trained at both EIT in Hawkes Bay and the Massey School of Music, loves the show and the opportunities she’s received. “It’s amazing to be someone different each time on stage, fulfilling the dream roles I’ve always wanted to play,” she says. Both Erica and Liam and a talented cast are confident the audience will have a great time and be entertained and amused from start to finish.
Forbidden Broadway opened on May 19 and runs to June 3 at The Auditorium. Bookings www.abbeymusicalttheatre.co.nz