Community Theatre Parody Called ‘Wicked’-ly Funny

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Music and laughter filled the air last weekend at the premiere of “Forbidden Broadway,” a musical that parodies other musicals.

Kirksville Parks and Recreation is continuing to present “Forbidden Broadway” April 23-25 at Jackson Stables. The musical includes satirical versions of musicals such as “Wicked,” “Chicago,” “Les Misérables,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and more.

Recreation specialist Heather Darrah, the director of “Forbidden Broadway,” says she is responsible for a fine arts program with the City of Kirksville which consists of a spring, summer and fall show. She says she found this show during the winter and wanted to bring it to Kirksville.

Darrah says the show is a musical comedy composed of vignettes that parody a wide variety of Broadway musicals and famous performers. She says the style is similar to that of a roast.

“For those people that don’t like musicals, I think [“Forbidden Broadway”] fits them because it makes fun of musicals,” Darrah says. “And for those that do like musicals, they will appreciate it because they will know all the musicals [the cast] is talking about.”

Darrah says attendance has been high for the few shows that have occurred thus far, with at least 45-50 audience members each night.

Members of the cast appear as Little Red Riding Hood, Sweeney Todd, a character from "Les Miserbles" and Steven Sondheim himself, the writer during the Sondheim segment.
Members of the cast appear as Little Red Riding Hood, Sweeney Todd, a character from “Les Miserbles” and Steven Sondheim himself, the writer during the Sondheim segment.

Truman alumnus Jenny Clark, a performer in the show, says she has been participating in Kirksville community theatre, the program organized by Parks and Recreation, since 2011. Clark says she plays the roles of Annie, Little Red Riding Hood and a backup role in the “Fiddler on the Roof” segment of this production.

Clark says she has been involved with many performances throughout the years after graduating from Truman with a theatre degree. She says this production has been one of her favorite performances with the community theatre program because it is so funny and has a solid cast.

Clark says the biggest challenge from the show was trying to learn new lyrics to famous Broadway songs. The cast found themselves wanting to sing the original lyrics instead of the satirical versions, she says.

“This show appeals to a lot of people,” Clark says. “The first night we had an older audience, so they loved Carol Channing and Liza Minnelli numbers, and last night we had people who know a lot about theatre so they loved everything in the show because they got all the references.”

Clark says the humor in the production is tailored to each individual number in a way that even those who enjoy the original musicals referenced will appreciate.

Senior Logan Mack, theatre major and Kirksville resident, is performing in the show and says he has been performing in community theatre since 2003. He says he plays the roles of Sweeney Todd, Enjolras, the Phantom and Mark from “Rent.”

Mack says the atmosphere is different from acting at Truman because this show is a dinner theatre, but the performance value remains the same.

The show dates are divided into dinner and non-dinner performance nights. For dinner performances, tickets are $20, and doors open at 6 p.m. April 24-25.

Tickets for the dinner performances must be purchased at least a day in advance. Tickets for non-dinner performances are $7 and doors open at 7 p.m. April 23. Tickets for all shows are available on the City of Kirksville website or the Kirskville Aquatic Center. For questions, call Kirksville Parks and Recreation at 660-627-1485.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_fade” interval=”3″ images=”4419,4421,4422″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]