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Tuesday, December 17, 2002

"Forbidden Broadway," a satirical delight that serves up 31 witty and ruthless parodies of Broadway shows in 97 minutes, will be staged at Orange Coast College on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 9.

Curtain is set for 4 p.m. in OCC's Robert B. Moore Theatre.

"Forbidden Broadway," written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini, is New York's longest running musical comedy review and has won Drama Desk, Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards. Updated regularly, it provides an informal and hilarious history of the American musical theatre.

Created 21 years ago at Palsson's Supper Club on New York's Upper West Side, "Forbidden Broadway" has had several editions, countless revisions, three New York City performance spaces, several national and international tours, and thousands of special performances.

The lively review exuberantly flays such productions as "Chicago," "Aida," "Riverdance," "The Music Man," "Cabaret," "Les Miserables," "The Lion King," "Miss Saigon," "Kiss Me Kate," "The Phantom of the Opera," and many others. It also carves up Bebe Neuwirth, Andrea McCardle, Julie Andrews, Ethel Merman and Sarah Brightman. It skewers producer Cameron Macintosh and director/choreographer, Bob Fosse.

Advertised as an equal opportunity offender, "Forbidden Broadway" mercilessly ridicules anything and everything that might provide a hearty laugh. It attacks highly praised work as well as productions that were panned by critics.

Advance reserved tickets for the concert, priced at $31, are on sale in OCC's Community Education Ticket Office, located adjacent to the college's library. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Advance discount tickets, priced at $29, are available to OCC students, senior citizens and children. Tickets are available on-line at

Tickets, if available, will be sold at the door for $35.

Tickets may be purchased by phone, using Visa, Discover or MasterCard. For information, phone (714) 432-5880. The toll-free number is (888) 622-5376.