Forbidden Sondheim: Merrily We Stole a Song, Honoring 4 Decades of Spoofing Sondheim, Begins October 27 | Playbill

Cabaret & Concert News Forbidden Sondheim: Merrily We Stole a Song, Honoring 4 Decades of Spoofing Sondheim, Begins October 27

Gerard Alessandrini's tribute to Stephen Sondheim features Michael West, Christine Pedi, and more.

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Forbidden Sondheim: Merrily We Stole a Song, the latest work from Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini, kicks off a limited engagement October 27 in the Green Fig Cabaret Theater, located in the Yotel on West 42nd Street.

Written and directed by Alessandrini as a tribute to his late friend, the cast includes Michael West as Tony-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, Dayna Jarae Dantzler, Chris Collins-Pisano, and Jenny Lee Stern with Christine Pedi as special guest.

Musical staging is by Spamilton and Forbidden Broadway veteran Gerry McIntyre, and Fred Barton, the original 1982 Forbidden Broadway music director, returns in that same role for this latest edition.

Merrily We Stole a Song includes new parodies of Sondheim's shows and classic favorites from Forbidden Broadway's 40 years of spoofing Sondheim shows and stars.

“I feel like Forbidden Broadway and Stephen Sondheim have come full circle with this new Merrily We Stole a Song,Alessandrini said in a recent statement. “The very first Forbidden Broadway started previewing in late 1981, just as the original production of Merrily We Roll Along was opening on Broadway. In fact, our original show logo at that time, was a spoof on the real Merrily poster. And here we are again, reopening the exact same time Merrily... has returned to Broadway. Both shows are now 42 years old. But this time Forbidden Sondheim has four decades of Sondheim spoofs to add to it!”

The production plays Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM through November 27. Tickets are $49 and are available by visiting

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