It’s been a while since we’ve had a review, but that’s because the season ended and…well…new stuff was scarce. But we’re back! And we’re starting the new season off by reviewing Forbidden Broadway!
(Note: The photos are all of GOOD stuff, but I didn’t want to throw them at you all at once, so they’re spread out and don’t necessarily correspond with lines they are near. Though, some do.)
– Let’s talk about JENNY. LEE. STERN. From the moment she stepped on the stage as Eva Peron, I knew I was in for it. She definitely did not lack “Star quality.” Somebody put this woman on Broadway
– Marcus Stevens had me at Matthew Broderick. He’s quite the character actor and nailed all his role, plus–hello, that voice?!
– Even though I really love both Once and Newsies their sketches were literally side splitting. Spot on from choreogrpahy, to vocals, to acting. Yes. Yes. Yes.
– You all read my review of End of the Rainbow. No shock that I loved how they made fun of it.
– The show is cut throat and amazing. No one was left untouched. They even tackled Book of Mormon in the 11 o’clock number!
– Wait, what happened with the Spider-man roast? It was not up to par. Felt contrived and left much to be desired. Such an easy target shouldn’t be this hard to hit.
– Some of the sketches dragged on for way too long and could easily have been cut while still remaining effective. Such as Porgy and Bess and Nice Work… too long.
– Ten minute intermission? Yawn, just get through it already! 1 act is just fine.
–They came right out and said most recent Sondheim shows have been failures. I know there have been problems, but whoa whoa whoa.
–Natalie Charle Ellis and Scott Richard Foster were…fine. They have good comedic timing and fine voices, but Jenny Lee Stern and Marcus Stevens outshone them by a hundred times over.
– Some sketches were just…blah. They weren’t great, but they didn’t suck either. They just landed in the middle and I didn’t know what to think of them.
–Why was there hardly any mention of Jesus musicals? We had FOUR on Broadway last season (Sister Act, Godspell, Leap of Faith and JCS), but somehow all you get is a cameo from Jesus from JCS? Not enough to show how ridiculously over-saturated last season was.
Overall, it was really funny and current. I’m glad it’s back, because it felt like there was something seriously missing while it was gone. Jenny Lee Stern stole the show, brava brava!
(All photo credit goes to Carol Rosegg. Photos used with permission from Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking. Thanks, Carol and FB!)