Review – Forbidden Broadway, London

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Forbidden Broadway has just transferred from it’s smaller home at the Menier Chocolate Factory to the west end’s Vaudeville theatre, and deservedly so.

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A cast of four, plus a pianist is all that fills the stage, and fill it they certainly do. A powerhouse of voices takes on all of our favourite roles in a parody of all of our favourite musicals. It is shockingly wicked, hysterically funny and breathtaking to hear these voices replicate Kristin Chenoweth, Liza Minnelli, Idina Menzel and many, many more with such impeccable impressions that if you closed your eyes you could be lead to believe it were really them (although the lyrics would remind you they certainly aren’t them!).

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Some of my favourites being Eponine’s ‘on my phone’, our favourite boy from down under ‘Hugh am I’ and ‘into the words’ a Sondheim medley, oh but so many favourites it’s very tricky to name a few, they were all too brilliant.

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 The cast work incredibly hard and the talent are extraordinary. I last saw the show off-Broadway about eleven years ago, there are some classics in there yet fabulous to see it brought up to date and shows such as Miss Saigon, Book of ‘Moron’s and Once get attacked with the same vigour and terrific humour as the rest of Broadway/west end does. Do go and see it while it’s here, it really is too funny to miss.

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