MTFM Continues Season of Comedy with ‘Forbidden Broadway’
Show parodies more than 15 Broadway shows
Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 15:02
Last spring, Music Theatre Fargo-Moorhead ended its 2012-2013 season with a show that company member Craig Ellingson admitted was a little dark. With a new mindset and a new season starting last fall, MTFM decided to take a more lighthearted approach and chose to infuse their 2013- 2014 year with comedy.
For their fall musical, the musical troupe put on “Young Frankenstein,” a hilarious musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ 1974 monster parody. Now for their spring show, MTFM is aiming to honor Broadway’s greatest with “Forbidden Broadway,” a tongue-in-cheek homage that parodies every show from “Fiddler on the Roof” to “Mamma Mia” to “Hairspray.”
“We’ve got some Sondheim-esque stuff, some Andrew Lloyd Webber stuff, some Kander stuff — all of that is in ‘Forbidden Broadway,’” Ellingson said.
Scenes, songs, and characters from over 15 Broadway shows get the parody spotlight in this production, and so do the famous names of the stage. Greats like Carol Channing, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and more all have their moments, but fans and admirers need not worry — this show aims to honor, not mock.
“We pay homage to them but we pay homage to them with a little tongue-in-cheek,” Ellingson explained.
MTFM is very familiar with many of the pieces in this revue. The company put on “Chicago” a few years ago, and company members are no strangers to shows like “Les Misérables” or names like Stephen Sondheim. Audience members can doubtlessly pick out something they know and like from this show.
“I especially enjoy the parody of Liza Minnelli. I think that the ‘Chicago’ stuff is really fun,” Ellingson said. “I believe the ‘Les Mis’ stuff is quite sweet as is the ‘Rent’ and ‘Mamma Mia,’ so there’s going to be something for everyone.”
Twelve cast members comprise the lineup of performers for “Forbidden Broadway.” A month of rehearsals has prepared them for the two-weekend run of this show, all happening at The Stage at Island Park. To bring some hometown flavors to the show’s design, images and visuals of downtown Fargo have been splashed onto the set, giving everything a Fargo feel for this parody revue of world-famous musicals.
This is just one of many theater productions happening in the Fargo-Moorhead area this month, but this show offers something a little different. A musical of musicals and a tip of the hat to the icons of Broadway is what is in store for viewers, and with folks like the members of MTFM behind it all, audiences can expect greatness.
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
DATE: Feb 20-22, 27 and Mar 1 & 2
PRICE: $20 for adults,
$15 for seniors
$10 for students
PLACE: The Stage at Island Park
Revised 2:50 p.m. Feb. 20