It may be nigh-on impossible to snatch a ticket for the worldwide musical phenomenon Hamilton right now, but if you’re a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece, you’ll be very interested in what Gerard Alessandrini is brewing at the Menier Chocolate Factory. And it’s much easier to buy a ticket for. Alessandrini is the mastermind behind Forbidden Broadway, the Broadway musical revue that has been poking fun at its own form since the early 1980s. Now, he’s turned his pen to the biggest show to hit the Great White Way in years.
When you have a hit as big as Hamilton on your hands, it’s only a matter of time until it’s ribbed and poked into satire. While Lin-Manuel Miranda is hosting Saturday Night Live skits about his revolutionary musical, back in theatreland, it’s the responsibility of Gerard Alessandrini, the mind behind Forbidden Broadway, to make fun of the modern masterpiece.