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Monday, January 27, 2020

A More Theater Monday* Monthly Mashup for January, 2019 Forbidden Broadway and Romeo & Bernadette

We were given complimentary tickets to Forbidden broadway for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


What: Forbidden Broadway

Where: York Theater
             619 Lexington Ave.
             New York, NY

Who: Recommended for Ages 13 and Up

When: Through February 16, 2020


           

Me - My topic for this month is Forbidden Broadway. Although my mother and sister had previously seen this show at the Triad Theater, I recently had the opportunity to see the show for the first time when it moved to the York Theatre to continue its run. It is a good show. It is really funny. I like that it spoofs Broadway shows. I love spoofs, and I love Broadway shows. I was familiar with all the shows covered in this show although I hadn't seen all of them. You don't have to know a lot about the shows being parodied, but it helps to know at least a little about them to get full enjoyment out of this show. Most of the show covered were Broadway shows that ran this season, but not all of them first opened this season or even ran this season at all. I really liked one skit in which they mentioned a bunch of shows that closed fairly quickly. It brought back memories for me because I had seen a lot of those shows. I also liked a skit about how everything has to be turned into a musical these days. That is so true! If you love theater and you need a good laugh go see this show!

 




We were given free tickets to Romeo & Bernadette for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


What: Romeo & Bernadette 

Where: Mezzanine Theatre - ART/NY
             502 W. 53rd St.
             New York, NY

Who: Recommended for Ages 13 and Up

When: Through February 16, 2020
            



Mom - My topic for this month is Romeo & Bernadette. Romeo & Bernadette is a musical satire of Romeo and Juliet currently being presented by AMAS Musical Theatre at the Mezzanine Theatre - ART/NY. In this show, Romeo is transported to modern day New York to search for his Juliet and thinks he finds her in a Mafia don's loudmouthed spoiled daughter. The show has an extremely entertaining plot and is full of greatly amusing characters. It is a very funny show and will keep you laughing throughout. The songs were adapted from classical Italian melodies which doesn't seem like it would work it all for a show of this type, but rather seems like it would make the show more of a heavy drama. However, that is not the case at all. The new songs created for the melodies fit the music so perfectly and yet are so brilliantly and hysterically written that they only add to the hilarity of the show. They are not only fun to listen to during the course of the show, you might even want to hear them again.  All in all, this show is just a joyous escapade from beginning to end. You won't want to miss it!



Photo credits: All Forbidden Broadway production photos by Carol Rosegg
                       All Romeo & Bernadette production photos by Russ Rowland

*More Theater Monday  is an occasional supplement to our regular Theater Thursday posts.  Additional theater related posts can also be found in our periodic Still More Theater Saturday posts.

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