With all its pompous celebrities and Tony Award-winning screenwriters and tear-jerking performances, Broadway takes itself way too seriously. It was only a matter of time before someone went Not Another Teen Movie on the sacrosanct institution and created a spoof.
We're grateful that hits such as In the Heights and Jersey Boys are making the trek down south this season. But we're even happier to welcome Forbidden Broadway, a musical parody that's been lovingly making fun of old and new popular Broadway shows for over two decades. It broke box office records at the Arsht Center when it debuted in 2008. It's back for a second run, incorporating recent shows such as Wicked and Mamma Mia! alongside oldies Phantom of the Opera and Chicago. Cultist spoke to Gina Kreiezmar, a North Miami Beach actress who has been touring the world with the production since 1992.
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I have been with the New York show since 1992. It's on hiatus currently so luckily you will see many of the New York City cast in Miami. We have also performed the show in South Africa, Singapore, Japan, all over the USA, and most recently in concert halls for some of the best symphonies and philharmonics around the states!
Forbidden Broadway runs this Tuesday to December 26 at the Arsht Center's Carnival Studio Theater (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) Tickets cost $45 to $60. Visit arshtcenter.org.