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February 15, 2016 Arts and Entertainment No Comments
Tracy Funke as Liza Minnelli. Submitted Photo

Tracy Funke as Liza Minnelli.
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The Farmington Valley Stage Company in Collinsville, CT, presents the brilliantly wicked “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits”  for six performances only, March 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 8 pm and  a 2 pm matinee on Sunday March 6.

A hit Off-Broadway musical revue, “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits” is a hilarious, loving, and endlessly-entertaining tribute to many of Broadway’s greatest shows and musical legends. Laugh out loud as the cast parodies show tunes, characters, and plots of classic and current Broadway musicals from Annie, Wicked, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Rent, and many more. Imagine Annie, a 30 year old, hoping that “Tomorrow” there will be a Broadway role for her, or Ethel Merman teaching Michael Crawford (The Phantom of the Opera) how to belt a song, or Chita Rivera arguing with Rita Moreno over who was the best “Anita” in West Side Story.

New York’s longest running musical comedy revue, “Forbidden Broadway” was conceived and written by Gerard Alessandrini and is a three-time winner of the prestigious Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. The show, in its various editions, has been performed over 9,000 times in more than 200 U.S. cities as well as playing in London, Tokyo, Singapore and Sydney. The New York Times calls this show “Continuously riotous!” and The New York Post calls it “Gut-bustingly funny.”

“I first saw Forbidden Broadway more than 30 years ago in a small theater in Florida.  Ever since I’ve been a faithful fan,” said Doreen Cohn, Director.

It wasn’t until just recently that the production was available for amateur groups.  It’s not an easy revue to “pull off” requiring talented actors who can imitate the styles of well know Broadway performers past and present such as Carol Channing, Liza Minelli and Barbra Streisand. In addition, there are over 25 wigs and costumes for a cast of 3 men and 4 women.

'Mama Mia,' from left, Basime Hamied, Dianna Waller, Katie Stodd Knapp.  Submitted Photo

‘Mama Mia,’ from left, Basime Hamied, Dianna Waller, Katie Stodd Knapp.
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With Musical direction by Michael Yachanin, of Simsbury, this production features an outstanding cast of local talent including,  Tracy Funke (Manchester), Al Girard (East Hartford) , Jim Wood (Winsted) , Dianna Waller (Winsted) , Basema Hamied (Newington) , Katie Stodd Knapp (Plainville) and Nick Parisi (Simsbury).  Costume design  is by Cindy Braunlich (Simsbury), Technical direction by Ken Jones (Canton), and Assistant Director/Stage manager, Heidi Bengraff (Windsor).

Tickets are $23 adults, $20 students/seniors in Advance online and $25/$22 at the door. For more information on the production, the theater company and to purchase tickets, please see our website www.fvstage.org.

The Farmington Valley Stage Company is a non-profit theater company located in the Canton Town Hall in the center of picturesque Collinsville.  Since 2012 the company has produced over a dozen productions from comedies and dramas to musical revues.  Our goals are to provide local audiences with quality, affordable live theater experiences, as well as to provide opportunities for anyone with interest in the theater to participate both on stage and/or behind the scenes.  The theater is handicapped accessible.


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