Forbidden Broadway

Westpoint Performing Arts Centre, Auckland

25/02/2011 - 12/03/2011

Auckland Fringe 2011

Production Details

New York’s longest running comedy revue lands in Auckland with a hugely talented local cast.

Clayton Curnow (Angel) and Paul Fagamalo (Benny) fresh from our 2010 season of RENT at The Civic THE EDGE are complemented by AMT newcomers Kate Riegel and Charlotte O’Brien.

Affectionately lampooning our favourite Broadway hits and stars FORBIDDEN BROADWAY has won numerous awards in its history including the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revue, the 2006 Tony Honor For Excellence in the Theatre, six additional Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Obie, and Lucille Lortel Awards. FORBIDDEN BROADWAY has received national and international notoriety, racking up over 9,000 performances in more than 200 US cities as well as engagements in London, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney and now Auckland!

Running for almost 30 years in New York, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY has been lauded as hilarious and gut bustingly funny, with Jim Dziemianowicz from the Daily News reviewing it as “Intoxicatingly funny! You don’t have to be a theater addict to revel in this show!”

With songs from Chicago, Fiddler, Phantom, Les Mis, Hairspray and Wicked and stars like Liza Minnelli, Carol Channing, Barbra Streisand, Tim Curry, John Travolta there is never a dull moment for our cast of four as they sing, dance and impersonate in a nonstop costume changing whirl. 

Westpoint Performing Arts Centre
190 Meola Rd –
Westmere Auckland Music Theatre –

February 24th to March 12th  2011 
Tickets $30.00 – $35.00

Book Now –  0800 361 1000 

Cameron Clayton 
Paul Fagamalo 
Kate Riegel  
Charlotte West  

Set Designer: John Michie
Costume Designer: Alan Parata
Lighting Designer: Ian Wiley
Sound Designer/Operator: John Michie
Makeup and Hair Designer: Grace McMillan-Caires & Sam Dalzell
Properties Designer: Paula Jepson

Clever takes on Broadway classics

Review by Craig Wilson 26th Feb 2011

From the outside, the Westpoint Performing Art Centre strikes a fairly unassuming presence, somewhat like a barn that plays homage to its neighbouring MOTAT aircraft hangers. Its spartan interior is awoken in a high velocity romp of satirical show tunes and tongue-in-cheek impersonations from the magical realm of Broadway.

The high energy cast of four carries out myriad costume changes with out missing a beat in a blur of characters ranging from a washed up thirty year old Annie to a lycra-clad lunging advertisement actor and a teenage les mis cast member who just can’t let go of her mobile phone.

A simple set is transformed by the energy and life of the cast, and the vibrant costumes and makeup, together with stage techniques that create the most realistic flying witch that Westpoint Performing Arts Centre has ever seen.

Each of the songs is a cleverly written take on a Broadway classic, and audience members will be humming tunes from Les Miserables, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story for days following. Though perhaps, not in the same way that they used to…

The entire cast is very strong. Of particular note is the young 17 year old, Kate Riegel, who displays superb comedic timing and impressive vocal talent, which is sure to take her a long way. Cameron Clayton is also delightful to watch, with an excellently overwrought performance as a male chanteuse stealing the show. The other cast members, Charlotte West and Paul Fagamalo, are similarly excellent. 

While those very familiar with the theatre will have the reassurance of recognising all of the characters impersonated, and getting all of the asides, the in-jokes are done with such a sense of fun that the rest of us can feel a part of it. Forbidden Broadway is a great night out for those who like a bit of song and dance, and a lot of fun.

This review kindly supported by The James Wallace Arts Trust

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