'Forbidden Broadway' returns, plus more theater buzz

From left, Natalie Charle Ellis, Marcus Stevens and

From left, Natalie Charle Ellis, Marcus Stevens and Jenny Lee Stern in a scene from Gerard Alessandrini's "Forbidden Broadway." (Credit: AP / Carol Rosegg)

THE SHOW "Forbidden Broadway"

THE DEAL The long-running parody of Broadway musicals will return to New York Feb. 22 after a year's pause, playing at the newly refurbished Davenport Theatre on 45th Street. "When we heard 'Les Miz' was coming back for its third Broadway run, it was a wake-up call that it was time for us to resume. We just couldn't rest in peace," "Forbidden Broadway" creator and writer Gerard Alessandrini said in a statement. The new edition promises to poke fun at "Kinky Boots," "Matilda," "Pippin" and other shows.


THE SHOW "King Kong"

THE DEAL The musical-spectacle "King Kong," which is about to wrap up its premiere staging in Melbourne, will apparently hit Broadway next season. The show's producer confirmed on Australian radio that the show will play the oversized Foxwoods Theatre, recently home to "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." The title character is portrayed by "the most technologically advanced puppet in the world," according to previous press materials.


THE SHOW "Smokey Joe's Cafe"

THE DEAL 54 Below, which will present a reunion concert of the flop Broadway musical "Taboo" next Friday and Saturday, is also set to do a reunion concert of the far more successful musical "Smokey Joe's Cafe," which ran more than 2,000 performances in the 1990s. The concert, which will be directed by original cast member Brenda Braxton, will take place Sunday, Feb. 9, at 7 and 9:30 p.m.