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5/11/14

Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging...Or So I'm Told

Such is the legacy of Forbidden Broadway that it was, essentially, the token YouTube parody before that was an actual thing. After so many years of running, the show has its work cut out for it to remain a notch above a generation that gave us A Very Potter Musical and an online community publishing numerous Tumblr memes.

The newest iteration of Forbidden Broadway opened last weekend. Called Comes Out Swinging, it is more or less the norm. If you have never had heard of an Adele Dazeem joke, a "Let It Go" parody or someone making fun of Idina Menzel's singing voice, you would get a kick out of FB (because of course, all three are made within a matter of minutes). The worst (and best) thing you can say about Comes Out Swinging is that the writing/music is on a similar scale to your post-millenium episode of Saturday Night Live.

Regardless, give the show some time and you can't help but enable its formula. Once the line, "And now, introducing the president of the Jason Robert Brown fan club...Jason Robert Brown" was uttered, I can't help but love. THESE ARE JOKES MY FRIENDS AND I MAKE! When a FB skit nails it - in this case, the riff of Once was probably my favorite next to the Jason Robert Brown/The Bridges of Madison County back-to-back punch - FB is worth your attention. For an afternoon. If you have already seen this season's top offerings.

Throw in a hard-working cast going through a whirling dervish of characters, accents and costumes - the four-person ensemble of Carter Calvert, Mia Gentile, Scott Richard Foster and Marcus Stevens - and you can't say that FB does not try to amp up the fun quotient. I'm not being back-handed when I say that this show is always a welcome site in the theater ledger - and for a musical kinda-revue, at least it is not (as) try-hard and overdone in the After Midnight mold - but after leaving the Davenport Theatre, all I can muster up is a shoulder shrug with a "is that it?" I want the show to stick around like the annual show it is, but I'm not so sure the show itself does if its annual production looks more like a traditional formality then a show itself.


Ticket Provided by the Production


Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

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