If you think it's all about ripping into aging stage divas like Patti Lupone and Liza Minnelli, stars Baby Boomers are more likely to recognize than twentysomethings, you'd be wrong. Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab
also sustains a critique of the "Disney-fication" of Broadway that invokes the cartoons cum stage musicals I grew up on.
Great for big laughs in the first half was a The Little Mermaid
spoof with a cabaret act performed in a mermaid suit (and scruffy red wig). There were also digs about the ubiquity of puppets and neck injuries from headdresses in The Lion King
But the best sketch of them all just had to be the send up of Daniel Radcliffe's full-frontal nudity in Equus
, remixed with the striptease song, "Let Me Entertain You," from Gypsy
. The actor James Donegan comes out wearing a Gryffindor school uniform (robes and scarf), and by the end of the number ("Let me enter naked / Let me strut uncut. / Girls don't ask their mama / To see a classic drama; / they come to see my bu~tt..." Uhhh...you get the point.) the only thing he has on is a pointy, sequined witch hat positioned strategically in front of his privates. If you're a Harry Potter
fan (or foe), this is just not to be missed. You can listen to the song free here
. (That means you, ariss_tenoh
Anyway, sitting in the front row was lots of fun, especially when the stage is so small. It's a bit disconcerting, though, to have every actor lock eyes with you at one point or another. You wonder how just how closely they're looking. I guess we've gotten so used to the screen; knowing that the woman doing the dead-on impersonation of Liza you're watching and judging might also be watching and judging you back can be...weird.