Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
They're Playing Our Song. "I'm sick of playing their songs..." the accompianist sings.
a half-crazed washerwoman who can easily belt high C.
|In the "If I Sing it Slower" parody of Fiddler on the Roof, when would the curtain go down if the tempo was set by Topol?||Forbidden Broadway Parodies
11:43. "You'll never get to go home..."
Julie Taymor. "I hate Julie Taymor/She doesn't have a clue/My neck is breaking wearing her designs..."
Cameron Mackintosh. "It's my marketing of souvenirs that's more of a success..."
Your Lies. There is also "Too Gay For You, Too Hetro for Me" and the infamous "Rant"
Grease. The song continues to say "There are so many roles you can choose from...Sandy, Danny, Teen Angel, Miss Lynch...We're practically giving them away!"
The Music Man . There is also "Trouble in New York City", which talks about the lack of new shows on Broadway.
Oklahoma!. In this song you hear "Old revivals are the hit shows sweeping up awards/New ones can't compete with plastic wheat..."
|"The Producers", which won more Tonys than any other musical in history, showed up only briefly, in a song entitled, "Have You Ever Heard a Mel Brooks Song?" This song stated that songs by Mel Brooks were... what?||Forbidden Broadway: Summer Shock!
too offensive. Mel Brooks is famous for pushing the limits with his movies as far as offensiveness goes. In "The Producers", there were many people who were offended because of the "Springtime For Hitler" segment, which puts a silly, light spin on Hitler and the Holocaust.
|Several "star cameos" appeared throughout the show, including "Bernadette Peters" toward the end, singing a spoof of one of the songs from her show "Gypsy". Which song?||Forbidden Broadway: Summer Shock!
Rose's Turn. The song claimed Bernadette's voice sounded too much like a young child's. At the end of the song, "Ethel Merman" showed up, who, of course, had played the same role in "Gypsy" when it first opened. Both performers playing Bernadette and Ethel were pretty fantastic - sounded just like them!
|A tribute to musical movies was performed, which included two songs from "Mary Poppins", one from "Hello, Dolly!", and one from which Lerner and Loewe musical?||Forbidden Broadway: Summer Shock!
My Fair Lady. The "Mary Poppins" spoofs made fun of Dick Van Dyke's accent and the silliness of making up new words to sing about. "Hello, Dolly!" showed Barbra Streisand hogging the spotlight and refusing to relinquish it, even to the great Louis Armstrong. And the "My Fair Lady" spoof, titled "Dub Me", proclaimed that Audrey Hepburn's only talent was wearing a hat and that it was vital she be dubbed.
|In their parody of "Phantom of the Opera", they claimed that they did what whenever the actor playing the Phantom didn't hit the correct note?||Forbidden Broadway: Summer Shock!
turn the reverb on. "...simply flip the reverb switch from left to right..." When I went to see "Phantom", the actor stayed on key the whole time, but there sure was a lot of reverb!
|"Wicked" had a spoof section all to itself as well. The first half portrayed a power play between Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel (the stars of the show), and the rivalry between the two to get the Tony for Best Actress. At the very end of the sequence, there's something else that's laughed at about Idina Menzel. What is it?||Forbidden Broadway: Summer Shock!
her loud singing. She starts off singing about "Defying Chenoweth" (a parody of "Wicked"'s "Defying Gravity") but ends up singing about how "no one is going to turn her down" because her voice has so much sheer volume.
"Welcome to the '60s". The song became, of course, "Welcome to the Tonys."
|One piece parodied "Avenue Q", "The Lion King", and "Little Shop of Horrors" all in one, proclaiming "You gotta get a ________". What?||Forbidden Broadway: Summer Shock!
puppet. All these shows use puppets as cast members: "Avenue Q" is a show where puppets are the main characters, several characters from "The Lion King" - including Rafiki and Timon - are played by puppets, and Audrey II from "Little Shop of Horrors" is a puppet.
Ambition. "Without our ambitions, our lives would be as crazy as an actor in New York!"
|What actress says not to confuse her with Rita Moreno, who played the same part as she did in "West Side Story"?||Forbidden Broadway
Chita Rivera. Chita says that she's only in nightclubs and bomb shows while Rita gets movies and bravos. Also, she says that Liza Minnelli likes Chita and not Rita.
|What famous composer and lyricist is said to use too many synonyms, antonyms, metaphors, and syllables, and that there are more letters than they sell in "Wheel of Fortune" in his songs?||Forbidden Broadway
Stephen Sondheim. "We're into the syllables, into the antonyms, into the metaphors, into the synonyms..."
|What show is said to be very hard to get tickets to and that the costumes are back breaking torture?||Forbidden Broadway
The Lion King. "Can you feel the pain tonight the strain this headress brings, the cracking bones the tearing cartelige, kills all living things..."
|What actress is said to not have been able to hit the note because she hadn't been on Broadway for years?||Forbidden Broadway
Julie Andrews. During the song, they drop the key almost a whole octave. Also, they say that her vocal chords play tricks and that her upper range is dead.
|What show is said to be way too long, sung in too high a key, and very expensive to see? ||Forbidden Broadway
Les Miserables. This song also says that the actors dreamed a dream to have a normal part in a show, the sets weren't just piles of rubble, and that the plot is too complicated.
|What famous Broadway star actually came and sang a song with the cast, saying "Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery"?||Forbidden Broadway
Carol Channing. At the beginning of the song, one of the performers is imitating Carol Channing and she comes out and sings the song.
Mandy Patinkin. This song pokes at Mandy Patinkin for being way too overdramatic in basically every show.
|What musical is made fun of for its big, dark sets and complicated plot?||Forbidden Broadway
Ragtime. Also commented about the musical is that the song "Wheels of a Dream" ends on "A Really Long Note".
1982. It opened in January 1982 at the Palsson's Supper Club. The original cast was Gerald Alessandrini, Nora Mae Lyng, Bill Carmichael, Chloe Webb, and piano player Fred Barton.
Kathy Bates. Edie sings 'Ma, don't mention Kathy Bates, she's weird as can be. She's so brilliant I could choke her'. Her mother replies with 'You're the one that's mediocre'. Edie is best known for her Emmy award winning work as Carmella Soprano in the hit TV show 'The Sopranos'.
Fly. Idina sings 'In all the big shows lately all the leading ladies have to fly'. 'Wicked' was one of the hit shows at the Tony awards of 2004, hosted by Hugh Jackman, and Idina Menzel won the award for Best Actress in a Musical. Idina is married to another Broadway star, Taye Diggs.
Monkeys. During 'Defying Chenoweth', we hear monkey sounds on the soundtrack, and we hear them chasing Kristin Chenoweth away.
Stephen Sondheim. What starts as a declaration of their love for 'Assassins' composer Stephen Sondheim, quickly turns to anger and hate as they realise his songs are just too hard to sing.
'Teach me to count in five-four time'
'Put me through music theory hell'