ALTON — Alton Little Theater opens the 82nd season with the hit musical revue, “Forbidden Broadway,” running Sept. 10-20 at the Showplace.
The show was conceived, written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini and has delighted audiences across the globe with its satirical homage to Broadway’s greatest stars and songwriters. ALT Director Jean Heil takes the reins along with Musical Director Michael Frazier in bringing the latest “legends” to the stage in the form of the talented cast: Ashten Marshall, Julia Frazier, Jeremy LeBrun, Alison Neace and Shawn Neace.
Heil said audiences will be entertained by the fast-paced transformation of five talented singer-actors into more than 30 Broadway icons in a show called “hilarious and brilliantly wicked” by the New York Times. She also said you do not have to be a Broadway fan to enjoy this show with outrageous costumes and funny roasts of popular songs. Heil encourages audiences to enjoy a slightly different take on shows like “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked,” “Les Miserables,” “Spamalot,” “Cats,” “Annie” and more sung by the parody versions of stars like Barbara Streisand and Carol Channing.
“Forbidden Broadway” is a “great musical to launch the 82nd season,” PR Director Lee Cox says. Season ticket packages (six shows) are still on special pricing of $75 through the run of the production.
Call (618) 462-3205 (box office hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday) to obtain tickets or visit www.altonlittletheater.org. Alton Little Theater is producing the regular six-show season for the 82nd year and bringing in six to eight other theatrical productions as part of the “Extra, Extra Entertainment” package. Nearly every month brings a new kind of production to the ALT stage. In September, Steve Davis will once again bring his magical show, “The Memories of Elvis” to the showplace Sept. 27; “Teddy Roosevelt” will appear in the form of California actor Joe Wiegand Oct. 24; a brand new romantic comedy will be given as a bonus show on Valentine’s weekend followed by a Southern Charms Fashion Show & Tea April 3 and the Clean Comedy Act April 24. The theater will also host “The Last Chance To Dance” review Sept. 26 and a non-walking tour of 2015 Vintage Voices, “Citizens of Alton Take Center Stage” at 2 p.m. Oct. 18. ALT will also offer Second Saturday classes for students of all ages to hone their theater skills.
For information, visit the theater’s website or contact the office manager at (618) 462-3205.