Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Show Forbidden Broadway Comes to Smothers Theatre | Pepperdine University

Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Show Forbidden Broadway Comes to Smothers Theatre

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Musical theater show Forbidden Broadway will return to the stage with new victims and new laughs at Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Sunday, October 23, at 7 PM. 

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning, fall-down funny musical roast of Broadway hits in 90 minutes is back, and will feature outrageous costumes, dead-on impressions, and hilarious rewrites of the songs from PippinKinky BootsLes MisérablesMatildaWickedThe Book of Mormon, and more.

Forbidden Broadway was first seen at Palsson’s Supper Club on New York’s Upper West Side in 1982, when unemployed actor Gerard Alessandrini wanted to showcase his talents. Alessandrini 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. 

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. 

Most of its victims (stars and casts alike) make a point of stopping by to see what Alessandrini has done to them. The show has also become known for talented but as-yet-unknown actors, many of whom have gone on to stardom on Broadway, on television, and in movies. 

Over the years, the show has won Tony, Drama Desk, Obie, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League awards.

This performance is sponsored by the Office of Andrew K. Benton, president of Pepperdine University.

Ticket prices range between $22 and $45, and are required for attendance. For additional information about the performance, and to purchase tickets, visit the Center for the Arts page on the Pepperdine University website.