This is one of the strongest FORBIDDEN BROADWAY discs. It mainly focuses on the 1995-96 Broadway season (which famously included Julie Andrews' long awaited return in the troubled "Victor/Victoria", the Donna Murphy/Lou Diamond Phillips revival of "The King and I", and the succession of Maria Callas-es in "Master Class").
Highlights - the sneak preview for an upcoming revival of "Kiss Me Kate" starring Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin (or is it Liza Minnelli and Jerry Lewis?). Ann Reinking finally grabbing Broadway's brass ring as the star of "Chicago", and the entire Julie Andrews / "Victor/Ignor-ee-ya!" segment. Donna English perfectly nails every inflection and nuance from Julie's voice; it's almost too spooky.
"Patti Class" is arguably the highlight of the entire disc, with Patti LuPone (Christine Pedi) in Maria Callas mode giving some pointers to her unwelcome Broadway "Sunset Boulevard" replacement Glenn Close (Donna English), plus Madonna's unique spin on "Evita".
Of course, like the other FORBIDDEN BROADWAY titles, it helps if you have a pre-established knowledge of the actual shows that it lampoons, but you can roughly follow the humour regardless. One for the fans.
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