Mercyhurst Theatre Program Spoofs Best of Broadway

The Mercyhurst Theatre Program opens its sixth season with the uproarious musical revue Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits. Created and written by Gerard Alessandrini, Forbidden Broadway is a hilarious, loving and endlessly entertaining tribute to many of Broadway’s greatest shows. Laugh out loud as the cast parodies selections from AnnieWickedLes MisérablesPhantom of the Opera and Cats, as well as Broadway legends such as Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli.

Since its premiere in 1982, Forbidden Broadway has played thousands of performances and has become an Off-Broadway institution, winning three Drama Desk awards and the 2006 Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre. The New York Post called the show “gut-bustingly funny! It’s a Forbidden pleasure,” and Entertainment Weekly raved, “Wonderful! There’s no Broadway like Forbidden Broadway!

Dr. Doug Powers, associate professor of Theatre at Susquehanna University, who helmed last summer’s production of Dracula, directs. “I’m thrilled to be returning to Erie and Mercyhurst for my fourth show with the theatre program,” Powers said. “I hope we can make audiences laugh until their sides ache with the hilarious Forbidden Broadway!”

Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits features 13 Mercyhurst students, including Christina Cacchione, Erin Fink, Owen Hitt, Tyler Kirchmeir, Sarah Krempasky, Abby Larimore, Cole Lowe, Rosie Pregler, Tessa Sayre, Jake Shearer, Vivian Suazo, Alexis Webb and Abby Whitman, and one Mercyhurst alumnus, Matt Sprague. The creative team includes musical director Andrew Rainbow, choreographer Jennie Cross, lighting designer Madeleine Steineck, production stage manager Kathryn Schmitt and assistant stage managers Ashley Poletto and Monica Tinsley.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 24-26, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 25, at 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre on the Mercyhurst campus.

Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and non-Mercyhurst students, and $5 for Mercyhurst students with I.D. All performances are general admission, with doors opening 30 minutes prior to curtain. 

Reserve your tickets online at, over the phone at 814-824-3000 or in person at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center box office. Tickets will also be on sale at the theatre beginning one hour before curtain.

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