Denmead Operatic Society poke fun at Broadway’s greatest hits

The Denmead Operatic Society during rehearsals of Forbidden Broadway, which comes to The Studio at The Petersfield School next Thursday.
The Denmead Operatic Society during rehearsals of Forbidden Broadway, which comes to The Studio at The Petersfield School next Thursday.
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  • Forbidden Broadway is at The Studio at The Petersfield School from Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 March at 7.30pm
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Musical purists put your fingers in your ears, because The Denmead Operatic Society will be taking aim at the hallowed legends of musical theatre.

Forbidden Broadway, a musical parody, arrives at The Studio at The Petersfield School from Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 March at 7.30pm.

Ian Clark, 45, is the director of the show. He says: ‘It is a cabaret revue show that pokes fun at all the greatest hits of Broadway.’

The original version of the revue opened on January 15, 1982 in New York City and ran for 2,332 performances.

It has been updated to incorporate more recent shows, and was recently a sell-out at the Vaudeville Theatre in London.

In this production, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Spamalot and Cats are some of the shows that get a reworking.

It is a good exuse to sing all those wonderful songs in a different way

Ian Clark, 45, Director of Forbidden Broadway

‘There are some very over-the-top characters with heavy tongue in cheek. It is a good exuse to sing all those wonderful songs in a different way,’ says Ian.

‘We have done Fiddler On The Roof before, and I have to keep reminding the cast not to sing the proper words.’

Some of theatre’s greatest stars come under fire too. Ian says: ‘I am singing the Cameron Mackintosh number. He does his own version of Favourite Things called Souvenir Things, about all the tat he can sell to make up for ticket sales.

‘There is also this whole Barbra Streisand Back To Broadway segment where she chews the words out of Broadway classics, and Liza Minelli’s number is called “I’m Liza One Note”.’

Megan Brand, 26, from Farlington plays a selection of parodic roles, including one Wickedly talented performer.

‘I sing a song called “Defying Subtlety” which imitates Idina Menzel in Wicked. I really have to ham it up.

‘This musical appeals to everyone. Musical fans will recognise the songs and people who hate them will find it funny because the lyircs say what they are thinking.’

Tickets: £12, visit denmeadoperatic.hampshire.org.uk for further details.