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Forbidden Broadway transfers to the West End

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FOLLOWING its run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, New York’s longest running comedy revue, Forbidden Broadway, will transfer to the West End – to the Vaudeville Theatre where it will play a limited season from September 9 to November 22, 2014.

Forbidden Broadway presents an informal and entertaining look at the history of the American musical theatre, lampooning and spoofing some of the current and contemporary musicals as well as targeting actors, directors, composers and writers.

The show, which was updated for the current run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, is directed by the Broadway director Philip George and Gerard Alessandrini, the original creator, and showcases some of the best productions from both Broadway and the West End, including The Book of Mormon, Once, Matilda, Wicked and Miss Saigon.

Three cast members – Damian Humbley, Anna-Jane Casey and Ben Lewis – will remain with the production. They will be joined by YouTube star Christina Bianco, who replaces Sophie-Louise Dann.

Bianco’s latest YouTube video of Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen, in which she does impressions of Idina Menzel, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion, Kristin Chenoweth, Adele, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Liza Minnelli and as herself, has received over five million hits.

The American actress and singer also appeared in Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab in New York and for her performance was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.

Speaking about the transfer, the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Artistic Director, David Babani, said: “I can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate our 10th anniversary year than to transfer our wonderful production to the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End so that many more people will get the opportunity to enjoy it!”

The West End run of Forbidden Broadway means that Rabbit Hole, starring Joanne Froggatt, has been postponed. However, the producers of the play have said they “remain committed” to bringing the production to London.

Having extended its run Forbidden Broadway now continues at the Menier Chocolate Factory until August 30, 2014.