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Miller announces season Monday at 'Forbidden Broadway'

March 18, 2004

KALAMAZOO--"Forbidden Broadway," New York's longest running comedy revue comes to Miller Auditorium for one night only, Monday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. Before the show begins, Miller's star-studded 2004-05 season will be unveiled.

Featuring musical parodies of Broadway favorites, the 20th anniversary production of "Forbidden Broadway" slings arrows at "The Producers," "Mamma Mia!" and "The Lion King," to name just a few.

"Forbidden Broadway" was first seen at Palsson's Supper Club on New York's Upper West Side in January 1982. An unemployed actor, Gerard Alessandrini, wanted a showcase for his talents. He decided to assemble some of the musical parodies of Broadway shows he had written since childhood into a nightclub act. Critics and audiences were wowed, and it has since become New York's longest running musical comedy revue. "Forbidden Broadway" has won Drama Desk, Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards. Most of its victims (stars and casts) make a point of stopping by to see what Gerard Alessandrini has done to them.

Updated regularly, "Forbidden Broadway" has had several editions, countless revisions, three New York City performance spaces, several national and international tours, and thousands of special performances. Looking back at "Forbidden Broadway" provides an informal and very funny history of the American musical theatre. It has remained one of the funniest evenings on or Off-Broadway.

Tickets range from $20 to $30 and are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at <www.millerauditorium.com>, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or the Epic Center Box Office in Downtown Kalamazoo.

"Forbidden Broadway" is sponsored by WWMT Channel 3.

Media contact: Tracey Lawie, 269 387-2309, tracey.lawie@wmich.edu

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