“The funniest show in New York” (The New Yorker) has been leaving critics and audiences in stitches since its debut in 1982… and now, for its 30th anniversary, it’s finally coming to Manila! Upstart Productions presents the “gut-bustingly funny” (The New York Post) Off-Broadway smash Forbidden Broadway in 2012! Catch this “forbidden pleasure” (New York Post) when it makes its Philippine debut—featuring guest performers like Aiza Seguerra, Nyoy Volante, Jett Pangan, and many more— at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza on May 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27, 2012.
Created by Gerard Alessandrini, Forbidden Broadway is a "consistently riotous" (The New York Times) musical revue that features beloved songs from the most popular Broadway musicals—Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Rent, Mamma Mia!, Wicked, and Cats, to name just a few—with hilariously clever new lyrics that poke fun at the shows themselves. And although “there's no Broadway like Forbidden Broadway" (Entertainment Weekly), it’s not just for theater fans! With more than 9,000 performances in 200 U.S. cities and in London, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney, eleven cast albums, and countless awards, it’s clear that "even if you've never been within 1000 miles of Broadway you'll still love Forbidden Broadway!" (Boca Raton News)
A recipient of the 2001 Drama Desk Award for Best Musical Revue for Forbidden Broadway, Gerard Alessandrini was also a member of the show’s original cast. His television writing credits include comedy specials for Bob Hope and Angela Lansbury on NBC, Carol Burnett on CBS, and Masterpiece Tonight on PBS, a satirical revue saluting Masterpiece Theater's 20th Anniversary. As a performer, he can be heard on four of the Forbidden Broadway cast albums and on the soundtracks of the Disney animated classics Aladdin and Pocahontas. Gerard is the recipient of an Obie Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and four Drama Desk Awards for Forbidden Broadway, plus a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drama League.
A recent Aliw Award winner for his role in the Vegas-meets-Broadway smash Kaos (the script of which he also wrote), Joel Trinidad has played lead roles in such acclaimed productions as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, Hamlet, Proof (opposite Lea Salonga), Amadeus, and The Rocky Horror Show, among countless others. A co-founder of Upstart Productions, Joel wrote and directed the short play Crush Hour, which premiered at the Times Square Arts Center in New York City in October 2010. Most recently, he wrote (with composer Rony Fortich),directed, produced, and starred in Upstart’s critically-acclaimed romantic musical comedy Breakups & Breakdowns; directed Upstart’s Much Ado About Nothing; and wrote, directed, and took on multiple vocal roles for the one-of-a-kind 3D animated short The Great Big Giant Christmas Story, which was projected onto the 30-foot façade of a building in Bonifacio High Street. (The movie also featured an original Christmas song, for which Joel wrote the lyrics.)
Liesl Batucan. A two-time Aliw Award Winner for Best Actress, Liesl has appeared in over 100 theatrical productions for Repertory Philippines, including The Sound of Music, Little Shop of Horrors, The Fantasticks, The Wizard of Oz, The Merchant of Venice, and Our Town, to name but a few. She has also appeared in Tanghalang Pilipino’s critically-acclaimed productions of Golden Child and American Hwangap, as well as in shows in New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Budapest.
Caisa Borromeo. One of local theater’s most talented young performers, Caisa recently won the award for Best Female Lead Performance In A Musical at the 2010 Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards for her portrayal of Jo March in the Repertory Philippines production of Little Women. Her other recent shows include Shakespeare In Hollywood, Love’s Labour’s Lost, I Love You Because, Mulan, Aladdin, West Side Story, Hairspray, Fiddler On The Roof, and Sweet Charity.
OJ Mariano. Since he won the Awit Award for Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist in 2006, OJ has been performing more and more on the stage. He was last seen playing Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Vittorio Vidal in Sweet Charity, Tunying/Simon in Isang Panaginip na Fili, and Tom Collins in Rent. A prolific recording artist, he was also a featured singer in Resorts World’s Broadway On The Runway and in the long-running PAGCOR extravaganza Flow.
Lorenz Martinez. A true international talent, Lorenz was part of the ensemble (and the Engineer cover) for the Netherlands production of Miss Saigon; he was the voice of Stitch in Hong Kong Disneyland; he played Will Barfée in the Singapore production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; and he was the only male Asian performer in the Cinderella Asian Tour. His recent local stage appearances include The Sound Of Music, Rent, The Wedding Singer, and Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, among numerous others.
Show runs form May 11 to 27, 2012 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC, Makati. For inquiries, email [email protected]